Report: More info needed to assess NC driver's ed
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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina legislature's government watchdog agency says the state still does not have a good handle on how effective local driver's education programs for high school students are financially or how well they produce safe drivers.

The Program Evaluation Division released a report Wednesday reviewing how the Department of Public Instruction responded to a 2011 law requiring more oversight of driver's education program in all 115 school districts.

The researchers found the department has not yet implemented performance measurements for driver's ed. It also does not have complete data on how many students complete the course necessary to obtain a driving permit. Students also must pass a written test.

But of 1 million tests administered by DMV from 2008 to 2013, almost half resulted in failing grades.

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