The PASS program consists of self-contained, semi-independent-study courses designed to assist secondary-level students in earning academic credits. Each standards-based course is learner-centered and competency-based, thus allowing the student to progress through the curriculum and periodic tests at his or her own pace. Because of this structure, PASS can be offered in a variety of delivery models and/or locations. Across the nation PASS is being used to help students meet graduation requirements, cope with scheduling difficulties, for skill-building or as supplemental support for traditional courses.
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, 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.
PASS offers alternative options for at-risk students in may ways. See how it is meeting the educational needs of migrant farmworker students in Arizona's Yuma Union School District.