A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ESTABLISH AND UTILIZE PERFORMANCE INDICATORS TO MEASURE THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES, TO ESTABLISH A FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TO MONITOR THE PERFORMANCE OF CURRENT AND CERTAIN PAST PARTICIPANTS IN THE DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF DELIVERING DRIVER EDUCATION THROUGH ELECTRONIC MEANS; AND TO REQUIRE THE SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR USE BY ALL DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES, BUREAUS, DIVISIONS, AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE STATE WHEN CONDUCTING AND COMPLETING PILOT PROJECTS REQUESTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
Identical to H 1038, filed 5/14/14.
Amends GS 115C-215 regarding the administration of the driver education program by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Directs the State Board of Education (SBE) to develop and implement a follow-up information management system in accordance with GS 115C-217 for monitoring the performance of current and past driver education program participants, and to establish and utilize performance indicators to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of the driver education program.
Directs the SBE to collect data form local school administrative units and to use data from the Division of Motor Vehicles (1) to establish the performance indicators and (2) to determine whether the performance indicators have been met. Specifies that this subsection is not to be construed so as to allow disclosing information otherwise deemed confidential by state or federal law.
Directs the SBE to consult with the Highway Safety Research Center Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to establish performance indicator design, data collection procedure, and reporting methodologies. Specifies what the performance indicators must be designed to do at minimum. Requires the SBE to provide an interim report on its progress in establishing performance indicators to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee on or before October 1, 2014, and to submit a final report by March 15, 2015. Directs the SBE to establish the performance indicators required under this act no later than March 1, 2015.
Enacts a new GS 115C-217, Driver education follow-up information management system. Defines "program participants" to mean current and former participants up to 22 years of age in the driver education program administered by DPI under GS 115C-215. Provides that under the strategic plan established and implemented by the SBE for the driver education program, DPI in collaboration with the DMV, is to develop, implement, and maintain a follow-up automated management system for monitoring the performance of program participants. Stresses that DPI is to ensure that the data collected about program participants is maintained as confidential, not open to general public inspection, and maintained and disseminated in a manner that protects the individual's identity from general public disclosure. Specifies what the data is to include, procedures and guidelines to be adopted by DPI to establish the information management system, guidelines governing local school administrative units and submission of information as requested by DPI, and reporting and evaluation guidelines. Authorizes DPI to withhold up to 10% of state driver education funds allotted to a local school administrative unit that does not submit data requested by DPI. Provides that any withheld funds are to revert and remain unexpended and unencumbered until appropriated by the General Assembly in a subsequent fiscal year. Requires DPI to ensure that funding and staff resources for the follow-up management system are not diverted into other programs or systems administered by DPI.
Amends GS 20-88.1 to direct the DMV to provide data on participants in the driver education program as required under GS 115C-215 and GS 115C-217.
GS 20-166.1(k) provides that the DMV may periodically publish statistical data on motor vehicle accidents derived from information in accident reports. Requires that any annual report made under this subsection is to include data gathered through the follow-up management system established under GS 115C-217. Specifies additional data comparisons and content to be included in the annual report.
Requires DPI to develop and implement the follow-up information management system as required by GS 115C-217 no later than March 1, 2015.
Directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) in consultation with DPI, and any other state agency DOT deems necessary, to study the feasibility of delivering driver education through electronic means. Specifies what the study must minimally examine. Includes requirements that the study examine the cost and feasibility of delivering the classroom component of driver education through electronic means.
Includes additonal details governing the study. Requires DOT to issue a Request for Qualifications to individuals and organizations identified by DOT as potential providers of the classroom component of the driver education program via electronic means. Directs DOT to submit an interim report on its progress to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee on or before December 1, 2014, and a final report by March 15, 2015.
Enacts new GS 143-162.3 to direct the UNC School of Government, in cooperation with other state universities, to generate, by March 1, 2015, standards for establishing and completing pilot projects requested by the General Assembly. Requires that all departments, agencies, bureaus, divisions, and institutions of the state conduct and complete pilot projects requested by the General Assembly after March 1, 2015 under the standards established by the School of Government unless specfically exempted by law. Authorizes the School of Government to update the standards for pilot projects as it deems necessary but requires 90 days written notice to all departments, institutions, bureaus, and divisions of the state prior to any updates to the standards for pilot projects.
Directs the School of Government not to finalize the standards for pilot projects until after it consults with the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee. Requires that the School of Government submit a detailed report of the pilot projects standards by January 1, 2015 to the Chairs of the Committee and to the Director of Program Evaluation Division at the General Assembly. Provides that if the Committee does not meet to hear the consultation within 90 days of submission of the report then the consultation requirement is satisfied.
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