MICHIGAN'S DRIVER EDUCATION EVALUATION PROJECT: CLASSROOM TESTING AND IN-CAR DEVELOPMENT

During 1977, the Michigan Department of Education evaluated statewide driver education programs. Rather than use the traditional approach of accidents and violations, the department investigated students' cognitive skills by means of objective-referenced tests. Previously, minimal performance objectives for both classroom and in-car portions of driver education had been developed. These objectives are considered basic for every Michigan program. After finalizing the objectives, appropriate tests items were developed with the major focus on the classroom objectives. Following the pilot testing of the classroom items, 60 objectives were selected for statewide administration. Objective-referenced tests enabled not only the education department but also individual teachers to know the strengths and weaknesses of students and classroom environments. Each classroom objective was measured by five items; to attain an objective, a student would have to answer at least four items correctly. Statewide, the a priori criterion was that 80 percent of the students would attain each objective. Results based on approximately 100000 students showed that only 13 objectives met the criterion level. These results indicate that there is a need for improvement in instruction of driver education. As skills became more advanced, attainment decreased. In the summer of 1977, an in-car measure was developed and raters were trained. The in-car test was administered to 30 students to determine its reliability. Forty students were used to validate the measure against the Michigan State University's Driver Performance Measure. Results for both studies were positive. Time, however, did not permit pilot testing this measure on a stratified sample of students. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 49-57
  • Monograph Title: Accident analysis, ride quality, driver education, and behaviour research
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194275
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM