Of all places, to a company in the state of Nevada, the gambling state of the country if not the world,
Sorry to all of my brothers and sisters on those state/federal reservations, no disrespect to you and yours for the Whiteman’s crimes!
Is this states government officials telling Floridians that we are all too stupid to be able to have our own testing company?
Driver’s test a setup for failure
Who in the state of Florida’s idea was this?
Is this another way to empty the pocketbooks of the poor and middle-class?
Florida has allowed what should have been a simple update of the state driver’s license test to become a giveaway to a test-making company.
In June, the state Department of Motor Vehicles ditched its long-standing driver’s license test for a new version.
Nearly 70 percent of Floridians who took the test in December flunked.
The figure was about 27 percentage points higher than the failure rate in the 2012-13 fiscal year. Yet another change that took effect Jan. 5 made the test even more difficult, with a one-hour time limit now instituted for test takers.
Such changes are suspect, given the incentive to drive up the number of test failures in the state’s agreement with Solutions Thru Software, which developed the new testing software.
The Nevada based company gets a $4.42 cut from each of the first 499,000 tests given through private vendors that administer them.
That cut gets smaller if the pool grows above 500,000.
It was reported that vendors administered 330,000 tests during the 2013-14 fiscal year, meaning the software company stands to earn $1.45 million if the numbers just hold steady this fiscal year.
Given the changes, the company stands to earn even more if a higher number of test takers fail and must retake the test.
DMV spokesman John Lucas said the state didn’t aim to toughen up the test.
The changes were simply made because parts of the test could be found online and the test hadn’t been updated much over the past 20 years, Lucas said.
Yet the project manager for Solutions Thru Software said the scenario-based questions it developed for the test are certainly harder.
The company expanded the pool of test questions to 1,200 from 100 by creating software that asks a single question in multiple ways.
Even if the test had remained the same, it would have been harder to pass.
An 80 percent score is now required to pass the test, increased from 75 percent before the update.
The software also tells test takers if they’ve answered incorrectly as they’re taking the test, which undoubtedly adds to their stress and potential to fail.
Christopher Evans told a Halifax Media Group paper that he’s failed the test three times
in part due to questions such as one that asked how a driver should treat an intersection with a blinking yellow light.
He said he answered
“proceed with caution,”
but the correct answer was
“continue at same speed.”
Florida drivers should know the rules of the road.
But setting up Floridians for failure just lines the pockets of a private company while providing a negligible benefit to public safety.
From Halifax Media Group