What is PASS?

The Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program consists of self-contained, semi-independent study courses which enable students to earn secondary-level academic credits. Participating students generally take these courses in order to make up courses, meet graduation requirements or cope with scheduling difficulties. PASS courses are designed to parallel regular academic courses offered in most schools. Each PASS course is competency-based and learner-centered, thus allowing the student to progress through five activity books and accompanying tests at his or her own pace. Because of this structure, students are able to continue course work as they move from district to district or even state to state.

The National PASS Center (NPC) was established in 1997 to serve as a national clearinghouse and coordinating center for bringing PASS (Portable Assisted Study Sequence) courses into alignment with current academic learning standards. Located in western New York as part of the Geneseo Migrant Center, the NPC is charged with overseeing the development of academically rigorous yet accessible and cost-effective courses, providing support materials and trainings, and acting as a resource for information on program implementation, promising practices, and state contacts. The NPC is funded by state participation and distribution site license fees, as well as periodic, course-specific grants from various entities.

PASS - A Presentation

PASS helps at-risk students beyond just the migrant farmworker population. View this video featuring the success of PASS in meeting the educational needs of incarcerated youth at the Douglas County Youth Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

You can also click HERE
to view our Microsoft Power Point presentation outlining the PASS program.