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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 4TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION
CHAPTER 84DRIVER EDUCATION AND SAFETY
SUBCHAPTER MCURRICULUM AND ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
RULE §84.504Driving Safety Course Alternative Delivery Method

(a) Approval process. The department may approve an alternative delivery method (ADM) that delivers an approved driving safety course or an approved specialized driving course and meets the following requirements.

  (1) Standards for approval. The department may approve an ADM for an approved driving safety course or a specialized driving safety course and waive any rules to accomplish this approval if the ADM delivers an approved course in a manner that is at least as secure as a traditional classroom. ADMs that meet the requirements outlined in subsections (b) - (h), shall receive ADM approval.

  (2) Application. The course provider shall submit a completed ADM application along with the appropriate fee. The application for ADM approval shall be treated the same as an application for the approval of a new course and the ADM must deliver the course provider's approved curriculum as delineated in the course content guide required by §84.502 (relating to Driving Safety Courses of Instruction) and §84.503 (relating to Specialized Driving Safety Courses of Instruction), and the COI-Driving Safety and COI-Specialized Driving Safety.

  (3) Incomplete applications. An application that is incomplete may be returned to the applicant along with the application fee.

  (4) School license required. A person or entity offering a driving safety course or a specialized driving course to Texas students by an alternative delivery method must hold a driving safety school license. The driving safety school is responsible for the operation of the ADM.

  (5) Course provider endorsement required. The driving safety school must have an endorsement from a licensed course provider.

(b) Course content. The ADM must deliver the same topics and course content as the approved course established by the department in the COI-Driving Safety and COI-Specialized Driving Safety.

  (1) Course topics. The time requirements for each unit and the course as a whole described in §84.502(a)(1)(C) and (D) and §84.503(a)(1)(C) and (D) shall be met.

  (2) Topic sequence. The ADM sequencing may be different from the approved traditional course as long as the sequencing does not detract from educational value of the course. The ADM owner shall provide a key showing the topic sequence of the traditional course and where the corresponding information appears in the ADM.

  (3) Editing. The material presented in the ADM shall be edited for grammar, punctuation, and spelling and be of such quality that it does not detract from the subject matter.

  (4) Irrelevant material. Advertisement of goods and services shall not appear during the actual instructional times of the course. Distracting material that is not related to the topic being presented shall not appear during the actual instructional times of the course.

  (5) Minimum content. The ADM shall present sufficient content so that it would take a student 300 minutes to complete the course. In order to demonstrate that the ADM contains sufficient content, the ADM shall use the following methods.

    (A) Word count. For written material that is read by the student, the course provider shall count the total number of words in the written sections of the course. This word count shall be divided by 180, the average number of words that a typical student reads per minute. The result is the time associated with the written material for the sections.

    (B) Multimedia presentations. For multimedia presentation, the course provider shall calculate the total amount of time it takes for all multimedia presentations to play.

    (C) Charts and graphs. The ADM may assign one minute for each chart or graph.

    (D) Examinations. The course provider may allocate up to 90 seconds for questions presented over the Internet and 90 seconds for questions presented by telephone.

    (E) Total time calculation. If the sum of the time associated with the written course material, the total amount of time for all multimedia presentations, and the time associated with all charts and graphs equals or exceeds 300 minutes, the ADM has demonstrated the required amount of content.

    (F) Alternate time calculation method. In lieu of the time calculation method, the ADM may submit alternate methodology to demonstrate that the ADM meets the 300-minute requirement.

  (6) Student breaks. A course that demonstrates that it contains 300 minutes of instructional content shall mandate that students take 60 minutes of break time or provide additional educational content for a total of 360 minutes.

(c) Personal validation. The ADM shall maintain a system to validate the identity of the person taking the course. The personal validation system shall incorporate the following requirements.

  (1) Personal validation questions. The ADM shall ask a minimum of 10 personal validation questions throughout the course.

  (2) Third party data sources. The personal validation questions shall be drawn equally from at least two different databases.

  (3) Time to respond. The student must correctly answer the personal validation question within 90 seconds for questions presented over the Internet and 90 seconds for questions presented by telephone.

  (4) Placement of questions. At least one personal validation question shall appear in each major unit or section, not including the final examination.

  (5) Exclusion from the course. The ADM shall exclude the student from the course after the student has incorrectly answered more than 30 percent of the personal validation questions.

  (6) Correction of answer. The school may correct an answer to a personal validation question for a student who inadvertently missed a personal validation question. In such a case, the student record shall include a record of both answers and an explanation of the reasons that the school corrected the answer.

  (7) Student affidavits. A student for whom third-party database information is available from fewer than two databases (for example, a student with an out-of-state driver's license) may be issued a uniform certificate of completion upon presentation to the course provider of a notarized copy of the student's driver's license or equivalent type of photo identification and a statement from the student certifying that the individual attended and successfully completed the six-hour driving safety or specialized driving safety course for which the certificate is being issued and for which there exists a corresponding student record.

  (8) Alternative methods. Upon approval by the department the ADM may use alternate methods that are at least as secure as the personal validation question method.

(d) Content validation. The ADM shall incorporate a course content validation process that verifies student participation and comprehension of course material, including the following.

  (1) Timers. The ADM shall include built-in timers to ensure that 300 minutes of instruction have been attended and completed by the student.

  (2) Testing the student's participation in multimedia presentations. The ADM shall ask at least one course validation question following each multimedia clip of more than 180 seconds.

    (A) Test bank. For each multimedia presentation that exceeds 180 seconds, the ADM shall have a test bank of at least four questions.

    (B) Question difficulty. The question shall be short answer, multiple choice, essay, or a combination of these forms. The question shall be difficult enough that the answer may not be easily determined without having viewed the actual multimedia clip.

    (C) Failure criteria. If the student fails to answer the question correctly, the ADM shall either require the student view the multimedia clip again or the ADM shall fail the student from the course. If the ADM requires the student to view the multimedia clip again, the ADM shall present a different question from its test bank for that multimedia clip. The ADM may not repeat a question until it has asked all the questions from its test bank.

    (D) Answer identification. The ADM shall not identify the correct answer to the multimedia question.

  (3) Mastery of course content. The ADM shall test the student's mastery of the course content by asking at least two questions from each of the topics listed in Chapter Four, Topics Two through Twelve of the COI-Driving Safety, and Chapter Four, Topics Two through Nine of the COI-Specialized Driving Safety.

    (A) Test bank. The test bank for course content mastery questions shall include at least ten questions from each of the topics identified in Chapter Four, Topics Two through Twelve of the COI-Driving Safety, and Chapter Four, Topics Two through Nine of the COI-Specialized Driving Safety.

    (B) Placement of questions. The mastery of course content questions shall be asked either at the end of the major unit or section in which the topic identified in Chapter Four, Topics Two through Twelve of the COI-Driving Safety, and Chapter Four, Topics Two through Nine of the COI-Specialized Driving Safety is covered (unit examination) or at the end of the course (comprehensive final examination).

    (C) Question difficulty. Course content mastery questions shall be short answer, multiple choice, essay, or a combination of these forms, and of such difficulty that the answer may not be easily determined without having participated in the actual instruction.

  (4) Repeat and retest options. The ADM may use either of the following options for students who fail an examination to show mastery of course content, but may not use both in the same ADM.

    (A) Repeat the failed unit. If the student misses more than 30 percent of the questions asked on an examination, the ADM shall require that the student take the unit again. All timers shall be reset. The correct answer to missed questions may not be disclosed to the student (except as part of course content). At the end of the unit, the ADM shall again test the student's mastery of the material. The ADM shall present different questions from its test bank until all the applicable questions have been asked. The student may repeat this procedure an unlimited number of times.

    (B) Retest the student. If the student misses more than 30 percent of the questions asked on an examination, the ADM shall retest the student in the same manner as the failed examination, using different questions from its test bank. The student is not required to repeat the failed unit but may be allowed to do so prior to retaking the examination. If the student fails the same unit examination or the comprehensive final examination three times, the student shall fail the course.

(e) Student records. The ADM shall provide for the creation and maintenance of the records documenting student enrollment, the verification of the student's identity, and the testing of the student's mastery of the course material. Each entry that verifies enrollment, identifies the question asked or the response given, documents retesting and/or revalidation, and documents any changes to the student's record shall include the date and time of the activity reported. The student records shall contain the following information.

  (1) The student's name and driver's license number.

  (2) A record of which personal validation questions were asked and the student's responses.

  (3) A record of which multimedia participation questions were asked and the student's responses.

  (4) The name or identity number of the staff member entering comments, retesting, or revalidating the student.

  (5) If any answer to a question is changed by the school or course provider for a student who inadvertently missed a question, the school or course provider shall provide both answers and a reasonable explanation for the change.

  (6) A record of the course content mastery questions asked and the answers given.

  (7) A record of the time the student spent in each unit of the ADM and the total instructional time the student spent in the course.

  (8) The school shall also ensure that the student record is readily, securely, and reliably available for inspection by the department.

(f) Additional requirements for ADM courses. Courses delivered via the Internet shall also comply with the following requirements.

  (1) Course identification. All ADM courses shall display the driving safety school name, course provider name and license numbers for each assigned by the department on the entity's website and the registration page used by the student to pay any monies, provide any personal information, and enroll.

  (2) A driving safety school offering an ADM course may accept students redirected from another website as long as the student is redirected to the webpage that clearly identifies the names and license numbers of the school and course provider offering the ADM. This information shall be visible before and during the student registration and course payment processes.

  (3) Domain names. Each school offering an ADM must offer that ADM from a single domain.

(g) Additional requirements for video courses.

  (1) Delivery of the material. For ADMs delivered by the use of videotape, digital video disc (DVD), film, or similar media, the equipment and course materials may only be made available through a process that is approved by the department.

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