Oklahoma law requires students to successfully complete the reading portion of the eighth-grade English language arts (ELA) assessment in order to apply for a driver license or permit. See 70 O.S. § 1210.515. However, the test will not be administered this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, the State Board of Education, at its March 25 meeting, adopted an emergency rule to allow the state to provide a medical exemption for this requirement. All eighth-graders in the 2019-20 school year will receive this exemption. After communicating with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), it is the OSDE’s understanding that this exemption will satisfy the requirements.UPDATED: How will eighth-graders meet the requirements of the Driven to Read program?
Students wishing to take the driver exam should also be aware that DPS has instituted the following restrictions:
- All driving skills tests have been canceled;
- Only 10 customers are allowed in an office at one time; and
- Every customer must have an appointment.
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