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HOME-STUDY DRIVER EDUCATION

PREFACE

This report was completed to fulfill the requirements of Senate Bill 946 (Vasconcellos, Chapter 206, 1999–2000), which required the department to conduct a study comparing the knowledge levels and attitudes of teenagers who completed driver education in a classroom course with those of teenagers who completed a home-study course (CVC §12814.8). The report was prepared by the Research and Development Branch of the California Department of Motor Vehicles under the administration of Cliff Helander, Chief.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This study was conducted under the supervision of Robert Hagge, Research Manager II. Student assistants Sarah Breitenbach, Carolina Mundarian, Dianne Thompson, Danny Duke, and Christina Duffy, and Marcella Stancell, Management Services Technician, assisted with the sorting, coding, and data entry of the various study forms, as well as with other tasks. Debbie McKenzie, Associate Government Program Analyst, and Douglas Luong, Staff Services Analyst, helped create, format, and distribute the home- study courses, study forms, and exit exams, and performed many other miscellaneous duties. Tamara Mata, Manager III, of the Pre-Licensing Policy Section, led the project during the initial planning stages and kept everything moving along successfully. Greg Zion, Associate Government Program Analyst, of the Occupational Licensing Branch, assisted with creating the standardized driver education curriculum. John McClellan, Deputy Director of the Licensing Operations Division, gave us the freedom to conduct a valid evaluation, and approved the financing necessary to make the entire project possible. Thanks are also extended to all the DMV employees who volunteered to proctor the exit exams at the provider schools, the members of the study task force who assisted with planning the study, Billy Wedlock and his staff at Sky’s The Limit Interactive, and the driver education provider school owners and operators who participated in the study.

Report Authors: Scott V. Masten, Research Program Specialist II and Eric A. Chapman, Research Analyst II, Research & Development Branch.

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