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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 §84.500Courses of Instruction for Driver Education Schools

        (V) 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.

        (VI) Minimum content. The online course shall present sufficient content so that it would take a student 360 minutes to complete the course. In order to demonstrate that the online course contains sufficient minutes of instruction, the online course shall use the following methods.

          (-a-) Word count. For written material that is read by the student, the course shall contain 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 online course shall calculate the total amount of time it takes for all multimedia presentations to play, not to exceed 150 minutes.

          (-c-) Charts and graphs. The online course may assign one minute for each chart or graph.

          (-d-) Time allotment for questions. The online course 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 330 minutes, the online course has demonstrated the required amount of minimum content.

          (-f-) Alternate time calculation method. In lieu of the time calculation method, the online course may submit alternate methodology to demonstrate that the online course meets the 330-minute requirement.

      (v) Personal validation. The online course shall maintain a method to validate the identity of the person taking the course. The personal validation system shall incorporate one of the following requirements.

        (I) School-initiated method. Upon approval by the department, the online course may use a method that includes testing and security measures that validate the identity of the person taking the course. The method must meet the following criteria.

          (-a-) Time to respond. The student must correctly answer a personal validation question within 90 seconds.

          (-b-) Placement of questions. At least two personal validation questions shall appear randomly during each instructional hour, not including the final examination.

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

          (-d-) Correction of answer. The online course 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 why the answer was corrected.

        (II) Third party data method. The online course shall ask a minimum of twelve (12) personal validation questions randomly throughout the course from a bank of at least twenty (20) questions drawn from a third party data source. The method must meet the following criteria.

          (-a-) Time to respond. The student must correctly answer a personal validation question within 90 seconds.

          (-b-) Placement of questions. At least two personal validation questions shall appear randomly during each instructional hour, not including the final examination.

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

          (-d-) Correction of answer. The online course 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 why the answer was corrected.

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

        (I) Timers. The online course shall include built-in timers to ensure that 330 minutes of instruction have been attended and completed by the student.

        (II) Testing the student's participation in multimedia presentations. The online course 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 online course 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 online course must require the student to view the multimedia clip again. The online course shall then present a different question from its test bank for that multimedia clip. The online course may not repeat a question until it has asked all the questions from its test bank.

          (-d-) Answer identification. The online course shall not identify the correct answer to the multimedia question.

        (III) Course participation questions. The online course shall test the student's course participation by asking at least two questions each from Chapter Four, Topics Two through Eight in the POI-Adult Six Hour.

          (-a-) Test bank. The test bank for course participation questions shall include at least ten questions each from Chapter Four, Topics Two through Eight in the POI-Adult Six-Hour.

          (-b-) Placement of questions. The course participation questions shall be asked at the end of the major unit or section in which the topic is covered.

          (-c-) Question difficulty. Course participation questions shall be of such difficulty that the answer may not be easily determined without having participated in the actual instruction.

        (IV) Comprehension of course content. The online course shall test the student's mastery of the course content by administering at least 30 questions covering the highway signs and traffic laws required under Texas Transportation Code, §521.161.

          (-a-) Test banks (two). Separate test banks for course content mastery questions are required for the highway signs and traffic laws examination as required under Texas Transportation Code, §521.161, with examination questions drawn equally from each.

          (-b-) Placement of questions. The mastery of course content questions shall be asked at the end of the course (comprehensive final examination).

          (-c-) Question difficulty. Course content mastery questions shall be of such difficulty that the answer may not be easily determined without having participated in the actual instruction.

      (vii) Retest the student. If the student misses more than 30 percent of the questions asked on an examination, the online course shall retest the student using different questions from its test bank. The student is not required to repeat the course, but may be allowed to review the course prior to retaking the examination. If the student fails the comprehensive final examination three times, the student shall fail the course.

      (viii) Student records. The online course 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. The school shall also ensure that the student record is readily, securely, and reliably available for inspection by a department representative. The student records shall contain the following information:

        (I) the student's first, middle, and last name;

        (II) the student's date of birth and gender;

        (III) a record of all questions asked and the student's responses;

        (IV) the name or identity number of the staff member entering comments, retesting, or revalidating the student;

        (V) both answers and a reasonable explanation for the change if any answer to a question is changed by the school for a student who inadvertently missed a question; and

        (VI) a record of the time the student spent in each unit and the total instructional time the student spent in the course.

      (ix) Waiver of certain education and examination requirements. A licensed driver education instructor must determine that the student has successfully completed and passed a driver education course exclusively for adults prior to waiving the examination requirements of the highway sign and traffic law parts of the examination required under Texas Transportation Code, §521.161, and signing the ADE-1317 driver education completion certificate.

      (x) Age requirement. A person must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a driver education course exclusively for adults.

      (xi) Issuance of certificate. Not later than the 15th working day after the course completion date, the school shall issue an ADE-1317 driver education certificate only to a person who successfully completes an approved online driver education course exclusively for adults.

      (xii) Access to instructor and technical assistance. The school must establish hours that the student may access the instructor and for technical assistance. With the exception of circumstances beyond the control of the school, the student shall have access to the instructor and technical assistance during the specified hours.

      (xiii) Additional requirements for online courses. Courses delivered via the Internet or technology shall also comply with the following requirements.

        (I) Re-entry into the course. An online course may allow the student re-entry into the course by username and password authentication or other means that are as secure as username and password authentication.

        (II) Navigation. The student shall be provided orientation training to ensure easy and logical navigation through the course. The student shall be allowed to freely browse previously completed material.

        (III) Audio-visual standards. The video and audio shall be clear and, when applicable, the video and audio shall be synchronized.

        (IV) Course identification. All online courses shall display the driver education school name and license number 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.

        (V) Domain names. Each school offering an online course must offer that online course from a single domain.

        (VI) A driver education school offering an online course may accept students redirected from a website as long as the student is redirected to the webpage that clearly identifies the name and license number of the school offering the online course. This information shall be visible before and during the student registration and course payment processes.

  (3) Compliance with Texas Transportation Code, §521.1601. Persons age 18 to under 25 years of age must successfully complete either a minor and adult driver education course or the driver education course exclusively for adults. Partial completion of either course does not satisfy the requirements of rule or law.

  (4) Issuance of certificate. A licensed school or instructor may not issue an ADE-1317 adult driver education certificate to a person who is not at least 18 years of age.

(c) This subsection contains requirements for driver education instructor development courses. For each course, the following curriculum documents and materials are required to be submitted as part of the application for approval. If the course meets the minimum requirements set forth in this subchapter, including current reference to the law, driving procedures, current instructor application and renewal processes, then the department may grant an approval. Schools desiring to provide driver education instructor development courses shall provide an application for approval that shall be in compliance with this section.

  (1) Schools desiring to obtain approval for a driver education instructor development course shall request an application for approval from the department. All instructor development curricula submitted for approval shall meet or exceed the requirements set forth for approved programs offered at colleges, universities, school districts, or educational service centers and shall be specific to the area of specialization. Guidelines and criteria for the course shall be provided with the application packet, and the school shall meet or exceed the criteria outlined.

    (A) Six-semester-hour instructor development course. The driver education instructor development program instructional objectives must be equivalent to six semester hours or 90 clock hours of driver and traffic safety education instructor training and shall include:

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