Updated 09/19/2012 06:21 PM
State officials suggest more driving hours for driver's ed program
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RALEIGH—Reggie Flythe has been a driving instructor for more than 15 years. And judging from what some state lawmakers had to say Tuesday the new driver's education curriculum is not getting a passing grade either.
As data on student achievement is collected some feel a few changes should be made on the road to getting a license in North Carolina.
"Parallel parking there's so many things regarding a vehicle that kids do not understand they think you can just get in and go," said Cary resident Cindy Drozd.
Flythe said tightening the gap between instruction and the test could lead to more students passing on their first try.
"We could help the situation out by giving the test on the final day of the class," said Wake County Public School System Driver's Education Coordinating Teacher Reggie Flythe.
In addition to testing, state officials are also looking at the number of hours of instruction. Some are making the argument that there should be more of an emphasis on hands on experience versus classroom training.
"We do need to increase behind the wheel training especially to help students overcome the notion of overcorrecting when they run off the road," said state superintendent of schools June Atkinson.
Making a correction to the curriculum is something Flythe is confident the Department of Public Instruction is working toward as it continues to put the Driver's education program to the test.