Personalized Assessment of Student Standards

PASS provides Vermont students opportunities for personalizing their education through Act 77.

A new way to build proficiency through self-designed, project-based learning!

Teacher Mentors are licensed VT educators who know their content areas, as well as having a breadth of other “real life” experiences that they can share with you.

PASS stands for Personal Assessment of Student Standards. Students are mentored through a two-part program to develop a self-designed project and the implementation component where they demonstrate proficiency. Simply put, students work with a VTVLC teacher/mentor who supports and assesses their skills and knowledge gained by completing their self-designed project.

How does PASS work?
All student candidates start with a Project Proposal and Review using the VTVLC PASS process. Once a proposal is submitted, a full review and collaboration meeting is setup with the student’s selected VTVLC teacher mentor. VTVLC then works with the student’s school to ensure maximum alignment to the local proficiency based graduation requirements.

The student’s journey for this project will require them to be very self-directed and maintain strict time management, as they develop and work through the development of the project.
The teacher mentor will be selected according to the embedded academic content area of the project. In addition, students may also have additional mentors who will support the project as part of the PASS team. Each VTVLC Teacher/Mentor is an expert in their field. They are licensed Vermont educators who know their content areas, as well as having a breadth of other “real life” experiences that they can share with the student during the project. Working with a mentor will help the student develop a deeper understanding of the topic they chose.

Check out an example of a student PASS Project!

What you should know!

The PASS program allows for flexible start and end dates. Students will be enrolled on the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Each project will have an anticipated end date. The teacher will help build a week by week pace chart for deliverables.

All of VTVLC Pass Teacher/Mentors are Vermont licensed teachers who are dedicated to support the student’s project! They will act as a guide and make suggestions as they complete their project.