COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
August 13, 2010
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
In accordance with §46.2-334 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is responsible for approving public and private school driver education programs. Driver education program requirements are specified in the 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 VDOE 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 for Virginia Public Schools 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 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/driver_education/curriculum_admin_guide/index.shtml.
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 Virginia.
The VDOE 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 2010-2011 Driver Education Program Approval Application to the Department of Education by September 30, 2010. If you have questions, please contact Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health education, physical education, and driver education, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.