The NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards require all K-12 students to learn about driver education and the traffic safety system*. Driver Education is taught in the majority of High schools by health specialists certified to teach Driver Education. Behind the Wheel instruction is rarely provided by the majority of school districts.
- Of the high schools responding, 85% require all students to take a driver education. Only 2 percent of those schools require behind the wheel instruction for all students during the school day by district staff. Driver Education is most often taught in grade 10 and in 86 percent of the high schools as part of the Health Education curriculum.
Table 6.1 Percent of High Schools Requiring Driver Education
Note: The total valid number of responses equal 847, considering third option as an invalid option.
Table 6.2 Required Components for Driver Education
Note: The total valid number of responses equal 369. Since it is a multiple selection question, the total percentage is more than 100.
Table 6.3 Grade Level Year which Driver Education Provided
Note: The total valid number of responses equal 361. Since it is a multiple selection question, the total percentage is more than 100.
Table 6.4 Percent of Driver Education Taught during Health Education
Note: The total valid number of responses equal 366.
*Traffic safety system refers to the concept of traffic (moving people safely and efficiently), the specific components of the traffic safety system (e.g., laws, safety, signs, travel modes, routes, and responsibilities), and the people who are part of the traffic safety system (e.g., walkers, bicyclists, police, and automobile, bus, and train operators.
THE CALL TO ACTION
NJAHPERD is committed to reducing the number of teen deaths and motor vehicle crashes through efforts with other stakeholders (e.g. Division of Highway Safety, NJ Brain Injury Association, AAA etc). We are assisting in developing guidelines for high quality instruction, K-12 lesson plans, resources for professional development, and legislation to make NJ roads a safer place for all.