The easiest way to get started would be to speak with the Migrant staff at your school. If you don't know if your school has a Migrant program, then you can speak with your guidance counselor. If you're still not sure how to get started or you're having problems, then contact us. You can find our contact info on this site.
Once you have been enrolled in PASS course, our office will process your enrollment and ship a course package to the Migrant program in your district. The package consists of the course textbook and some supplementary items. The textbook consists of five separate unit books. These books include exercises and questions. You do not need to return these books. You are free to write notes in them, do your work in them, etc. Most course packages include some additional materials. These depend on the course. In a math course, you will probably receive a calculator; whereas, in an English course, you will receive 2 novels. When the course package arrives, you will meet with a teacher or tutor who will help you get started on the first unit.
To complete a PASS course, you need to pass 5 unit tests. Your final grade will be the average of these 5 tests. Before taking a unit test, you will work through a unit. Most units are divided into 14 lessons. At the end of most lessons, you will find review questions and activities. You should meet weekly with your migrant teacher to help you learn the new concepts and review the ones from previous lessons. For many lessons, you can also use the Florida PASS Tutorial Web App to view a video lesson. Once your teacher thinks you are ready to take the unit test, he or she will schedule a time for you to take the test.
First, you will need to ask your Migrant teacher to give you an online account. You will receive a username (usually your student number) and a temporary password. The first time you login, you will be asked to change your password. With your Florida PASS account, you will be able to access online textbooks, watch video tutorials, take tests online, check your grades, and (coming soon) participate in a virtual classroom.
Your migrant teacher should give you your grades when you meet. You can, however, login to floridapass.org to check your grades anytime you like. You can also sign up to receive your grades by email or text message.
Currently PASS provides video tutorials, interactive textbooks, online testing, and online access to your course grades. We are currently testing a virtual classroom, where you would be able to access even more resources and support.
Most, but not all, courses have online testing available. You also have the option to take a paper test, if you prefer. Whether you take the paper test or the online test, you must take the test at school or some other teacher supervised testing location. When you are ready to take a test online, your teacher will set up a time and testing location. At the time of the test, the teacher will authorize you to take the test. Then you will login to floridapass.org. You will be presented with an option to start the test. You can take breaks as needed. You do not need to finish the test the same day you start it, but your teacher will need to re-authorize you to continue the test. Once you have completed the test, you click the 'Submit' button to "send" it to our office for grading.
If your course has video lessons available, you can access them using our web app. You can find the web app at tutorial.floridapass.org. This web app can be installed on a tablet, phone, or computer, but does not support offline viewing. You will need a PASS account to use this web app. Ask your teacher, if you don't yet have one.
Just ask your Migrant teacher. If you verify your email address at floridapass.org you can use a password reset link found on the login screen. Otherwise, your teacher can reset your password. If you are traveling, you can contact the Florida PASS office.
There is no official limit to the number of PASS courses a migrant student may take at one time. However, if a student is taking a PASS course for the first time, it is wise to enroll him or her in only one course. Students will need to create a work schedule in order to complete the reading and practice workbook of each PASS course, and it is best not to overwhelm students with more than one extra credit recovery course at a time.
There is no charge to the district or migrant student for PASS courses. With the exception of district-paid facilitating teacher salaries, all of the cost associated with the courses is paid for by the Florida Department of Education under Title 1 Part C funding.
Students do not have a time limit to complete a course. They can complete a course in a month or over 2 years. A student must complete the course before their 22nd birthday and they must still be enrolled in a public high school when they complete the course in order to receive credit.
No. While the PASS Program courses are geared for semi-independent student work, final unit evaluations must be completed in the presence of a trained facilitating teacher.
No. If a student scores poorly, we will send comments with the test score. These note weaknesses from the test and can be used to help the student study for the retake. Tests are filed at the Florida PASS office for five years after administration.
Yes! This is one of the strengths of the PASS program. Students may take the course with them and study while away. However, unit tests must be retained by the facilitating teacher and administered to the student upon his return, or arrangements can be made for the student to take the tests under the supervision of out-of-state Migrant or PASS personnel.
Yes, ALL students are required to pass the state EOC exams in Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, and United States History (per the Florida Department of Education calendar of EOC administration) for graduation. This includes students who take any form of credit recovery for those classes as well as students who receive the credit in a regular classroom.