How will eighth-graders meet the requirements of the Driven to Read program?
Oklahoma law requires students to successfully complete the reading portion of the eighth-grade English language arts (ELA) assessment in order to apply for a driver license or permit. See 70 O.S. § 1210.515. However, the test will not be administered this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, the OSDE will take an emergency rule to the State Board of Education on March 25, 2020, to allow the state to provide a medical exemption for this requirement. After communicating with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), it is the OSDE’s understanding that this exemption will satisfy the requirements.
Students wishing to take the driver exam should also be aware that DPS has instituted the following restrictions:
- All driving skills tests have been canceled;
- Only 10 customers are allowed in an office at one time; and
- Every customer must have an appointment.