UMass Destination...Graduation Program expanded to include local schools

UMass Dartmouth expanded its successful MCAS preparation and remediation program known as Destination...Graduation to include New Bedford High School and New Bedford Regional Vocational School while maintaining Wareham and Canton High Schools from a previous grant.

UMass Destination...Graduation Program expanded to include local schools 

UMass Dartmouth expanded its successful MCAS preparation and remediation program known as Destination...Graduation to include New Bedford High School and New Bedford Regional Vocational School while maintaining Wareham and Canton High Schools from a previous grant. The Destination...Graduation program is funded by a $40,000. grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education to help prepare students for the 10~ grade MCAS exams. 

UMass Dartmouth, UMass Boston and Bristol Community College students will provide tutorials to high school students at those schools. The program will offer services both during the school day and after school. Last year, the program was offered at the Canton and Wareham High Schools and achieved impressive results. Last year (2002) was the first year that the MCAS was required in the Massachusetts public school system 

At Canton High, 20 students participated in the program in the spring of 2002. The students were a combination of those who had failed the test on their first or second attempts and students who were taking the test for the first time. In total, 17 of the 20 students passed the MCAS exams. The three students who did not pass showed significant improvement from the first exam and only missed passing by one or two questions. Similar results were achieved at Wareham High. 

This year, the Massachusetts Department of Education has increased the grant award to UMass Dartmouth to allow for an expansion of the program. In addition to Canton and Wareham, tutors will be assigned to New Bedford and New Bedford Regional Vocational High Schools. The program is slated to begin in late February and will continue until the students take the MCAS exams in April and May 2003. 

For additional information contact Robert G. Fortes, Assistant Dean, Division of Continuing Education (508) 910-6690


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