CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking comment on proposed updates to state driver education content standards to address distracted driving and add rigor.
Board members voted Wednesday during their May meeting to place the policy revisions on a 30-day public comment period.
Updates to Policy 2520.8, Next Generation Driver Education Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia were suggested by teachers during the West Virginia Safety and Driver Education Conference in March. Teachers who worked on the proposed changes said the growing use of cell phones, GPS, and other technologies while driving has made distractive driving an issue soon to surpass driving under the influence as the major cause of car crashes among teenagers, based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The changes also incorporate 21st century learning and rigor to strengthen the standards.
Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policies and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed and comments can be submitted by going to the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.
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