Earn High School Credit

Migrant work often follows the seasonal calendar but not the academic calendar. Leaving school early or arriving late can make it difficult for students to maintain the same academic progression as their peers. The Florida PASS program understands that students may need an opportunity to recover lost credits. The program offers free year round classes in all the major core areas. Students do not need access to a computer to complete a course, but the program does offer online tutorials and online testing. Students can work at their own pace with assistance from course facilitators and some courses are available in Spanish. Enrolling in PASS is easy and convenient. With the help of the Florida PASS program, migrant students can graduate on time and receive their diploma alongside their graduating class.

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Online Testing

Since 2011, students have been able to take the PASS course unit tests online. Hillsborough County schools are using online testing almost exclusively these days and the PASS program wants students to also have that option. It is easy and convenient to do online testing.

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Online Tutorials

The Florida PASS program enlisted the help of certified core area teachers this summer to produce our new video tutorials. The goal is to have an individualized video lesson for each course. These tutorials will help the lesson come alive for the student and will allow them to have assistance anytime, anywhere.

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Program Description

The Florida Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program is a nationally recognized program that provides middle and secondary migrant students with the opportunity to develop academic skills, and earn credits needed for promotion and/or graduation.The student works semi-independently with the assistance of a highly qualified facilitating teacher who meets with the student on a regular basis. The curricula consist of learner-centered materials developed specifically for PASS. The Florida PASS Program is funded by the Florida Department of Education.

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Program Description

The Florida Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program is a nationally recognized program that provides middle and secondary migrant students with the opportunity to develop academic skills, and earn credits needed for promotion and/or graduation.

The student works semi-independently with the assistance of a highly qualified facilitating teacher who meets with the student on a regular basis. The curricula consist of learner-centered materials developed specifically for PASS. The courses have been aligned to the Florida Sunshine State Standards and reflect current content and instructional best practices to assist the learner.

Each course consists of five units to be completed by the student with the help of a facilitating teacher. PASS courses can be taken any time during the school year and/or during summer programs. Each course packet contains the necessary curricula and supplies for the student to complete the course. The packet also includes the materials for the facilitating teacher. Tests are administered by the facilitating teacher and graded by the PASS Program Staff. The Grade Reporting Form and Course Completion Document are issued from the PASS Program Office.

The Florida PASS Program is funded by the Florida Department of Education.

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Program Credibility

The credibility of the PASS program is maintained at all levels of development and use.

  • The curriculum is developed by education specialists and certified teachers who are experienced in their academic areas.
  • The appropriate school personnel determine the specific academic needs of the student and choose appropriate PASS courses based on those needs.
  • Student work is monitored and tests are administered and evaluated by trained facilitating teachers.
  • Credit is verified and awarded for completed work.
  • The PASS program course curricula have been aligned to the Florida Sunshine State Standards.
  • All courses are reviewed and revised on an on-going basis.
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Who is Eligible?

A student may participate in PASS courses if:

  • The student was identified as eligible for migrant services upon entering or while attending high school; and
  • The student is in need of credits for promotion or graduation; or
  • The student is in need of remediation.
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Program Procedures

Prior to a student’s enrollment in a PASS Program course, a needs assessment should be conducted to ensure the program meets the student’s needs.

  1. The PASS Program Office reviews the student’s application to determine eligibility;
  2. PASS Program Staff verifies that the appropriate course has been selected with the assistance of a guidance counselor;
  3. Upon approval, PASS Program Staff prepares the course packet materials and mails them to the contact person or facilitator;
  4. The student completes the coursework with the assistance of a facilitating teacher;
  5. The student takes each unit test in the presence of the facilitating teacher or designee;
  6. The test is mailed to the PASS Program Office for grading and recording;
  7. PASS Program Staff communicates the test grades to the facilitating teacher and/or contact person;
  8. Upon course completion, an official Grade Reporting Form and Course Completion Document is provided by the PASS Program Office to the appropriate school.

High School Courses

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Middle PASS

As PASS became more widely utilized, educators saw that the concept would also help middle school students. In 1985, Wisconsin began developing Middle PASS courses. An extension of PASS for students in grades 6, 7, and 8, Middle PASS has a selection of more than twenty courses.

The courses may be completed semi-independently with the assistance of a facilitating teacher, or through a traditional classroom model. The courses, like PASS courses, consist of five units and are equivalent to one semester of study.

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Who is Eligible?

In order to be eligible to participate in the Middle-PASS Program the student must:

  • Qualify for migrant program services as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled in middle school.
  • Be in need of remediation.
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Middle-PASS Procedures

  1. Assess student to determine migrant eligibility;
  2. Select appropriate course;
  3. Submit application to the PASS Program Office;
  4. Complete course work;
  5. Grade unit tests and submit scores to the PASS Program Office;
  6. The PASS Program Office will provide a Grade Report to the school upon completion of the course.

Middle School Courses

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Online Testing

Students can elect to take their tests online in the school environment. They can be transmitted and graded quickly. Even with online testing, students may still have as much time as they need to complete tests and if they run out of time before they are ready to submit their answers, they can save a draft and return to finish it later. They can also still have access to scratch paper, calculators and any IEP or ELL accommodations that they would normally have during testing. Also, a student can choose to mix and match. If they would like to do some of the unit tests on paper and some online, they can do so. Setting up online testing for a student is also easy and instructions can be found in the Florida PASS program “Online Guide”.

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Online Tutorials

Students have access to online tutorials right now for Algebra 1A and 1B. Students and teachers can also access videos developed externally (such as by the Khan Academy). The goal is to develop at least one video tutorial for every single lesson in every course which is well over 1000 videos. Once this is accomplished, it will revolutionize the way students complete PASS courses because they will be able to get assistance even without the presence of a migrant advocate or teacher and should be able to make faster progress through a course. Eventually, students and teachers can rate these videos and give feedback to the Florida PASS office about what works and what needs improvement. Florida PASS hopes these tutorials will help more students complete courses and improve their grades overall. Instructions for accessing video tutorials can be found in the Florida PASS program “Online Guide”.

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Contact Florida PASS

Email: office@floridapass.org
Toll Free: 1-877-352-7277
Phone: 1-813-757-9331
Fax: 1-813-757-9332
Address: Florida PASS Program
408 Chipman Street
Plant City, FL 33563
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About Us

Carol Mayo, Supervisor
carol.mayo@sdhc.k12.fl.us
Joe Spencer , District Resource Teacher
joe.spencer@floridapass.org
Barbara Reveron , Secretary 3
barbara.reveron@floridapass.org
Dawn Serrano, Clerk
dawn.serrano@floridapass.org