Oklahoma law requires students to successfully complete the reading portion of the eighth-grade English language arts (ELA) assessment in order to apply for a driver license or permit. See 70 O.S. § 1210.515. However, the test will not be administered this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, the State Board of Education, at its March 25 meeting, adopted an emergency rule to allow the state to provide a medical exemption for this requirement. All eighth-graders in the 2019-20 school year will receive this exemption. After communicating with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), it is the OSDE’s understanding that this exemption will satisfy the requirements.
Students wishing to take the driver exam should contact DPS for hours and appointments