DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 166
July 25, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
2008-2009 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
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 2001 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 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/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 Education's standardized program of
instruction as outlined in the administrative section of the guide. Successful course completion is a
prerequisite for applicants younger than age 19 to obtain a driver's license in
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, we will send each school the names of the teachers on DMV's monitored list to verify accuracy and to amend when necessary.
Please complete and send the attached 2008-2009 Driver Education Program Approval Application to the Department of Education by August 28, 2008. If you have questions, please contact Vanessa C. Wigand, principal specialist, health education, physical education, and driver education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.