Characteristics and Effectiveness of the Fairfax, Virginia ASAP Driver Improvement Schools

Report No: 72-R38

Published in 1973

About the report:

There are two driver improvement schools in simultaneous operation associated with the Fairfax, Virginia ASAP. One is conducted by the Northern Virginia Community College and the other by the Fairfax County Public Schools. The NVCC organized and developed a specialized alcohol curriculum prior to the establishment of the FCPS program. For this report, data from the NVCC classes are more numerous, consistent, and organized. The FCPS program is now overcoming its initial organizational and administrative difficulties. This report analyzes the data available on the effectiveness of the driver knowledge portion of the NVCC program. There was a statistically significant increase between pre-and posttest scores. All this benefit cannot be definitely ascribed to the curriculum because the pretest was reviewed by students after completion. Some unmeasurable portion can be attributed to course content and instruction. For future evaluation, analyses are proposed to be carried out in the following areas. (1) FCPS knowledge scores, (2) NVCC and FCPS attitude scores, (3) recidivism rates for NVCC and FCPS graduates, and (4) the comparative effectiveness between the NVCC and the FCPS programs.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.

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Charles B. Stoke

Last updated: February 8, 2024

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