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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )
  

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 64100]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )
  

PART 28. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS [51000 - 53315]

  ( Part 28 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )
  

CHAPTER 5. Authorized Classes and Courses of Instruction [51700 - 51879.9]

  ( Chapter 5 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )
  

ARTICLE 13. Driver Training [51850 - 51854]
  ( Article 13 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

  
51852.  

A course of instruction in the laboratory phase of driver education shall include, for each student enrolled in the class, instruction under one of the following plans:

(a) Plan One.A minimum of 12 hours allocated as follows:

(1) A minimum of six hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor.

(2) A minimum of six hours in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor for the purposes of observation. Practice driving on an off-street multiple-car driving range approved by the department under the supervision of a qualified instructor may be substituted for all or part of the observation time.

(b) Plan Two.A minimum of 24 hours allocated as follows:

(1) Three hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor.

(2) Six hours in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor for the purposes of observation. Practice driving on an off-street multiple-car driving range approved by the department under the supervision of a qualified instructor may be substituted for all or part of the observation time.

(3) Twelve hours of instruction by a qualified instructor in a driving simulator approved by the department.

(4) At least three additional hours of instruction specified in one or more of paragraphs 1 to 3, inclusive, of this subdivision.

(c) Plan Three.A minimum of 24 hours allocated as follows:

(1) Three hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor.

(2) Six hours in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor for the purpose of observation.

(3) Twelve hours of instruction by a qualified instructor on an off-street multiple-car driving range.

(4) At least three additional hours of instruction specified in one or more of paragraphs 1 to 3, inclusive, of this subdivision.

(d) Plan Four.A minimum of 24 hours allocated as follows:

(1) Three hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor.

(2) Three hours in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor for the purpose of observation.

(3) Eighteen hours of instruction by a qualified instructor in a driving simulator approved by the department and on an off-street multiple-car driving range. The governing board of the district shall establish the proportion of time to be utilized in simulators and on the off-street multiple-car driving range.

(e) Plan Five.

(1) Competency-based driver training which means a program in which each student receives a minimum of three hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction, a minimum of one hour of behind-the-wheel pretesting, and a minimum of one hour of behind-the-wheel posttesting. The pretest and posttest for public school programs shall include basic skill evaluation by the instructor, as adopted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction pursuant to paragraph (2). The one hour posttest shall be conducted by an instructor other than the instructor who conducted the three hours of behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction or the pretest. Each student shall receive at least one additional hour of either behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction or observation time.

(2) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall adopt rules, regulations, and basic skill requirements for public school programs pursuant to this subdivision.

(3) Local district superintendents offering this program shall annually report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, on a form developed by the State Department of Education, on student completion of instruction pursuant to paragraph (1).

(f) For purposes of this section, one hour means 60 minutes including passing time.

(g) Any deviation from the standard use of a simulator or off-street multiple-car driving range, or both, shall have prior approval by the Department of Education before the school district, county superintendent of schools, the California Youth Authority, or the Department of Education can be reimbursed for the students trained.

(h) Nothing in this section shall be construed to direct or restrict courses of instruction in the classroom phase or the laboratory phase of driver education offered by private elementary and secondary schools or to require the use of credentialed or certified instructors in the laboratory phase of driver education offered by private elementary and secondary schools, except that each student enrolled in a course shall satisfactorily complete a minimum of six hours of on-street behind-the-wheel driving instruction. This section shall not be construed to limit eligibility for a provisional driver’s license for pupils who have completed driver education or driver training courses offered in private elementary or secondary schools.

(i) For the purposes of this section, private elementary or secondary schools are those subject to the provisions of Sections 33190 and 48222.

(j) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2004.

(Repealed (in Sec. 1) and added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 774, Sec. 1.5. Effective September 21, 2002. Section operative July 1, 2004, by its own provisions.)