COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 47

August 15, 2003

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2002-2003 Driver Education Program Approval Application

 

In accordance with 46.2-334 of the Code of Virginia, the Department of Education is responsible for approving public and private school driver education programs. Driver education program requirements are specified in the 2001 Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education in Virginia as prescribed by 22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia.

Public and private schools seeking program approval from the Department of Education must submit the attached Driver Education Program Approval Application prior to beginning instruction.  The application form requires division superintendents or heads of private schools requesting driver education program approval to certify that the proposed program will meet all state-approved program requirements. 

 

As required by 22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Education has established a standardized program of driver education for public, private, and commercial schools. The Driver Education Standards of Learning and the Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education in Virginia prescribe the content and administrative requirements of a state-approved driver education program. In addition, the Department of Education has developed a set of driver education scope and sequence modules to assist teachers in providing a standardized program of instruction that meets state requirements. These Curriculum Scope and Sequence Modules are available at www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/PE/.

 

Course content, minimum requirements, and administrative guidelines for classroom driver education and laboratory training (driving and observing and, if utilized, simulation and multi-car-range instruction), shall follow the Board of Educations standardized program of instruction as outlined in the curriculum and administrative guide. Successful course completion is a pre-requisite to obtaining a Virginia drivers license. 

 

The Department of Education will share the teacher information submitted on the program approval application with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to satisfy 46.2-340 of the Code of Virginia that directs the DMV to monitor classroom and in-car driver education teachers driving records.  Periodically, DMV will send each school the names of the teachers on the monitored list to verify accuracy and to amend when necessary.

 

The Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety (VADETS) has provided training to more than 2,000 public, private, and commercial school teachers and will continue to sponsor staff development opportunities for teachers who still need to take the curriculum implementation training.  The training schedule is available on the VADETS website at http://adtsea.iup.edu/vadets/. The VADETS curriculum implementation training is funded by a 402 federal highway safety grant administered by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Please submit the completed application form no later than September 12, 2002. If you have questions, please contact Vanessa C. Wigand (vwigand@mail.vak12ed.edu), specialist, health, physical education and driver education, at (804) 225-3300. 

JDL/VCW

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