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70-1210.515.


70-1210.515.
   
   A. Pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 2 of subsection A of
   Section 6-107.3 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, any person under
   the age of eighteen (18) years wishing to apply for a driver license
   or permit shall successfully demonstrate a satisfactory reading
   ability at the eighth-grade reading level by meeting the following
   criteria:
   
   1. A student enrolled in a public school shall successfully complete
   the reading portion of the state criterion-referenced test offered in
   the eighth grade. Following the administration of this test in the
   eighth grade, any student not successfully completing the reading
   portion shall be assigned a plan of remedial reading. The student may
   either retake the reading portion of the state criterion-referenced
   test upon its administration the following year, or take an
   alternative reading proficiency test in order to satisfy the criteria
   for a driver license or permit. Alternative reading proficiency tests
   shall be approved by the State Department of Education. Subsequent
   successful completion of an alternative reading proficiency test shall
   serve to satisfy any test retaking requirement which may be required
   for the reading portion of the state criterion-referenced test in the
   eighth grade in the Oklahoma School Testing Program. School districts
   shall notify, in writing, each student who takes the reading portion
   of the state criterion-referenced test for the eighth grade or who
   takes an alternative reading proficiency test and the student's parent
   or legal guardian of the test results. If the student fails to perform
   satisfactorily on the test, the notice shall inform the student of the
   reading proficiency driver license requirement and the school's
   remediation plan for the student. Upon the student's successful
   completion of the test, the school shall furnish the student with the
   documentation needed for the driver license application in Oklahoma;
   
   2. Unless alternatively documented according to the provisions of
   subsection C of this section, students under the age of eighteen (18)
   years shall successfully complete a reading proficiency test approved
   by the State Department of Education; and
   
   3. Any student who wishes to apply for a restricted license to operate
   a motorcycle may take an alternative reading proficiency test, subject
   to the provisions of this section.
   
   B. Alternative reading proficiency tests shall be offered by testing
   sites, which shall include the public schools at least four (4) times
   per calendar year, and may include any of the following which chose to
   participate, the area vocational-technical school districts, Regional
   Education Service Centers, colleges, accredited private schools, and
   other sites approved by the State Department of Education. A student
   may take the test as often as wished, subject to the provisions of
   this section. Testing sites shall provide the first alternative
   reading proficiency test for each student at no cost to the student.
   Students may be assessed a fee not to exceed Twenty-five Dollars
   ($25.00) by the testing site for each subsequent alternative reading
   proficiency test taken.
   
   C. A school district shall provide for alternative documentation of
   reading proficiency for the purposes of paragraph 2 of subsection A of
   Section 6-107.3 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes for any student
   with an individualized education plan. The alternative documentation
   shall be furnished to such student who is performing satisfactorily in
   reading pursuant to the student's individualized education plan.
   Parents of disabled students educated pursuant to the provisions of
   Section 4 of Article XIII of the Oklahoma Constitution may satisfy the
   requirement of paragraph 2 of subsection A of Section 6-107.3 of Title
   47 of the Oklahoma Statutes by signing an affidavit that, based upon
   their best information and belief, their child would qualify for an
   individualized education plan if enrolled in public school, and that
   in their judgment their child is performing satisfactorily in reading
   and is therefore academically qualified to satisfy the requirement of
   paragraph 2 of subsection A of Section 6-107.3 of Title 47 of the
   Oklahoma Statutes.
   

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