Sample NTDETAS

The items below were based upon the individual components comprising the NTDETAS and is intended to capture the extent to which a State’s teen driver education program(s) are in alignment with the NTDETAS. For each of the following items, please indicate the extent to which your State possesses the stated component by selecting: Yes, No, Planned, or Partial. The definitions of these responses are provided below.

  • YES
    The State follows the standard element as stated.
  • No
    The State does not follow this standard element and has no plans to implement.
  • Planned
    The standard element is not currently implemented, but is currently being planned for implementation.
 YesNoPlanned
1.1.1 Each State should have a single agency, or coordinated agencies, informed by an advisory board of stakeholders and charged with overseeing all novice teen driver education and training programs.
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1.1.1.1 That agency should have authority and responsibility for the implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and enforcement of these standards.
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1.1.1.2 This agency should also be charged with developing and executing communication strategies to inform parents and the public about driver education and training issues.
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1.1.1.3 In addition, the agency should inform providers in a timely fashion about changes to laws, regulations, and procedures.
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1.1.2 Each State should carefully choose a State agency that is best suited and ideally not a direct provider of driver education to administer a statewide education and training program
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1.1.2.1 Agency can provide needed and appropriate regulatory environment, oversight, monitoring, evaluation, review and approval processes, professional development, and all other administrative actions that make available a quality driver education and training program to all age-eligible residents.
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1.1.3 Each State should have a full-time, funded State administrator for driver education and training.
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1.1.3.1 This individual should meet or exceed the qualifications and training required by the State for a novice teen driver education and training instructor and/or school owner or possesses equivalent experience or qualifications.
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1.1.3.2 This administrator should be an employee of the agency that has oversight of driver education and training.
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1.1.4 Each State should have standardized monitoring, evaluation/auditing, and oversight procedures.
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1.1.4.1 Ensure that every driver education and training program uses a curriculum with written goals and objectives.
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1.1.5 Each State should have a program renewal process to ensure that curriculum material and procedures are current.
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1.1.6 Each State should adopt an instructor certification renewal process.
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1.1.7 Each State should approve driver education and training programs that conform to applicable State and national standards.
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1.1.8 Each State should deny or revoke approval of driver education and training programs that do not conform to applicable State and national standards.
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1.1.9 Each State should ensure that programs reflect multicultural education principles and are free of bias.
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1.1.10 Each State should administer applications for licensing of driver education and training instructors, including owner/operators of public and private providers.
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1.1.11 Each State should develop and execute monitoring, evaluation, and auditing procedures to ensure standards are met by public and private providers.
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1.1.12 Each State adopt goals, objectives, and outcomes for learning.
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1.1.13 Each State should develop criteria to assess and approve programs, curricula, and provider effectiveness.
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1.1.13.1 Financial and/or administrative sanctions for non_compliance with the State application and approval processes and/or standards should be provided to all applicants.
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1.1.13.2 Provide remediation opportunities to driver education and training programs when sanctions are issued.
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1.1.14 Each State should establish and maintain a conflict resolution system for disputes between the State agency and local driver education and training programs.
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1.1.15 Each State should require, provide, or ensure the availability of ongoing professional development for instructors to include updates in best education and training methods and material.
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1.1.16 Each State should require all public and private driver education and training providers to report program data to the designated State agency.
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1.1.16.1 Periodic evaluations of the State’s driver education and training programs are completed and made available to the public.
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1.1.17 Each State should ensure that student information submitted to the agency or used by the agency remains confidential, as required by applicable State and Federal regulations.
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1.1.18 Each State should ensure that all novice teen driver education and training programs, instructors, and associated staff possess necessary operating licenses and credentials required by the State.
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1.1.19 Each State should ensure that each driver education and training provider has an identified person to administer day-to_day operations, including responsibility for the maintenance of student records and filing of reports with the State in accordance with State regulations.
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1.1.20 Each State should ensure that all materials, equipment, and vehicles are safe and in proper condition to conduct quality, effective driver education and training.
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1.1.21 Each State should refer to a general standard for online education such as those established by the North American Council for Online Learning in the absence of national standards specific to the delivery of online driver education or online teacher preparation.
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1.1.22 Each State should ensure that the instruction of novice teen drivers is completed using concurrent and integrated classroom and in_car instruction where the bulk of the classroom instruction occurs close in time to the in_car instruction to ensure the maximum transfer of skills.
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2.1.1 Each State should have driver education and training that meets or exceeds current nationally accepted content standards and benchmarks.
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2.1.2 Each State should approve curricula that are based on nationally recognized standards such as ADTSEA and DSAA_Attachments E and F. Each State retains authority in determining what curricula meet its State standards. Other resources AAA and NIDB.
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2.1.3 Each State should regulate the use of simulation and driving ranges.
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2.1.4 Each State should require an approved end-of-course knowledge and skill assessment examination based on the stated goals and objectives to graduate from the driver education and training program.
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2.1.5 Each State should require a course provider to conduct valid post-course evaluations of driver education and training programs.
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2.1.5.1 Evaluations should be completed by the students and/or parent for the purpose of improving the effectiveness of the program (a resource for help in conducting these evaluations is the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety).
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2.1.6 Each State should require core driver educational hours that focus on the driving task and safe driving practices sufficient to meet the criteria established by the end-of-course examination.
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2.1.6.1 To enable States to select the appropriate guidelines for contact hours to meet the desired outcomes, the following instructional time should be 45 hours of classroom, 10 hours behind the wheel, 10 hours observation:
2.1.6.1.1 First stage education
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hours of classroom     hours B-T-W     hours of observation
2.1.6.1.2 Second stage education
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hours of classroom     hours B-T-W     hours of observation
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2.1.7 Each State should require distributive learning.
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3.1.1. Each State should require the following prerequisites for instructors receiving certification and recertification:
3.1.1.1 Possession of a valid driver's license, as recognized by the State.
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3.1.1.2 Have an acceptable driving record as determined by the State.
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3.1.1.3 Pass a Federal and State criminal background check.
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3.1.1.4 Meet health or physical requirements as determined by the State.
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3.1.1.5 Achieve a minimum academic education requirement as determined by the State.
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3.1.1.6 Meet a minimum age requirement as determined by the State.
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3.1.2 Each State should require instructors to complete approved standardized instructor training that applies to instructors and teachers in all public and private driver education and training programs.
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3.1.2.1 This preparation should include a course of study that is no less than 120 hours of preparatory time.
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3.1.3 Each State should require instructors to receive training in accepted best practices in course delivery and evaluations using various delivery modalities.
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3.1.4 Each State should require that an instructor pass a State-approved practical and/or written exam (e.g., Praxis II, National Teacher Certification Program).
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3.1.5 Each State should require annual continuing education and professional development hours for instructors.
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3.1.6 Each State should require an annual driving record review for instructors.
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4.1.1 Each State should require the parent of a teen driver education and training student to attend a parent seminar, pre-course, or the initial session of the teen’s driver education and training course.
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4.1.1.1 This session should outline the parent’s responsibility and opportunity to reduce his or her teen’s crash risk in several ways, including modeling safe driving behavior. Information conveyed to the parent in this session should include, but not be limited to, the following known best practices of GDL and parent involvement:
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4.1.1.2 Manage the novice driver’s learning-to_drive experience to determine the readiness of the teen to begin the process, and supervise the teen’s driving so that the parent can better determine the teen’s readiness to advance to the next licensing stage and assume broader driving privileges.
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4.1.1.3 Supervise an extended learner permit period of at least six months that provides at least weekly opportunities for the novice driver the accumulate a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving in a wide variety of increasingly challenging circumstances.
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4.1.1.4 Hours of supervised practice driving required in GDL should not be reduced by a novice driver’s participation in other driver education and training programs, nor should any other activity be considered a substitute.
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4.1.1.5 Supervise an extended intermediate license period that temporarily restricts driving unsupervised with teen passengers and during nighttime hours until the State’s GDL requirements have been met and the parent determines the teen’s readiness to drive unsupervised in these high risk conditions.
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4.1.1.6 Negotiate and adopt a written agreement between the teen and parent that reflects the expectations of both teen and parent and clearly defines the restrictions, privileges, rules, and consequences that will serve as the basis for the teen to earn and for the parent to grant progressively broader driving privileges.
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4.1.2 Each State should require a parent to complete a debriefing with the driving training instructor to inform the parent of the progress and proficiency of the teen driver.
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4.1.2.1 This final session should include a reminder that it is the parent who must ultimately determine the teen’s readiness to obtain a license with full driving privileges and of the parent’s responsibility and important role in helping the teen to become a safe driver.
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5.1.1 Each State should have a formal system for communication and collaboration between the State driver education and training agency and the State driver licensing authority.
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5.1.1.1 This system should allow sharing of information between driver education and training program/course administrators and the State’s driver licensing authority.
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5.1.2 Each State should have a GDL system that includes, incorporates, or integrates driver education and training.
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5.1.2.1 Completion of the driver education and training should not reduce the time requirements in the GDL process.
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5.1.3 Each State should provide information and education on novice teen driving requirements and restrictions to judges courts, and law enforcement officials charged with adjudicating or enforcing GDL laws.
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5.1.4 Each State should ensure that sanctions for noncompliance with GDL requirements by novice teen drivers are developed and enforced uniformly.
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5.1.5 Each State should require a parent to submit State-specified documentation that certifies completion of required supervised hours in a manner that reduces the possibility of fraudulent entries.
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5.1.6 Each State should ensure that State licensing tests are empirically based and reflect performance competencies of the standards-based driver education and training program outlined in the previous sections of this document.
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5.1.7 Each State should develop and implement a valid and reliable driver’s knowledge and skills test that assesses the factors associated with the novice teen driver’s ability to reduce driving risks.
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6.1.1 Does State have:
6.1.1.1 Public providers
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6.1.1.2 Private providers
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6.1.1.3 Home taught
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6.1.2 Does State subsidize private providers.
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6.1.3 Does the State do any of the training online.
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