ADVANTAGES OF PASS
The Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program offers fully accredited high school courses that can be completed by a student semi-independently. By completing PASS courses, a student makes up credit deficiencies, catches up with peers, and is encouraged to continue and graduate. Each course is shipped from Sunnyside, Washington as a fully self-contained packet. Tests are administered locally and scored by SEMY staff. Grade reports and transcripts are issued.
Flexibility. Completion of a full semester course earns as .5 high school credit. An advantage of PASS is that the course is divided into five sequential units. A student can enroll in all or part of those units. This makes it possible for migrant students to complete the balance of a high school course they were unable to finish before moving. Students earn full or partial credit through PASS. Strategies and resources related to partial credit for migrant students are offered in the Migrant Counseling pulldown menu.
Success. The PASS Program is presently utilized in nearly 30 states across the nation. Washington States program is the third largest, shipping more than 2,000 courses to schools for completion by migrant and non-migrant students each year. More than 70% of students enrolled in PASS courses complete them for credit.
Authority. Funded through a Title I Migrant Education grant by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and administered through the SEMY office in Sunnyside, the programs courses are accredited by the Sunnyside School District, which issues transcripts.
Want to learn more? The PASS Resources list to your left offers more detail. For example, the Success Handbook is the procedures manual for schools and agencies offering this curriculum to thier students.
Considering offering this curriculum? Please return to the PASS pulldown menu and choose "Quick Facts About PASS".