Shore Educational Collaborative

College and Career Readiness Transition Program

Program Description

Shore Pathways is a program of Shore Educational Collaborative. The program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and operates in partnership with schools and parents to offer high school level instruction and coursework for students through credit recovery or credit acceleration. The College and Career Readiness Transition Program provides students, families, and school districts with targeted educational experiences designed to enhance the academic skillbuilding, social communication, technology skills, and transition planning of young adults from age 14 – 22, as they move toward successful post-secondary life experiences. Shore Pathways provides an interactive learning environment and is individualized to meet unique student needs, as determined through student intake interviews and consultation with students, families, and each student’s home school district representatives.

Through participation in Shore Pathways’ College and Career Readiness Transition Program, students may

  • Earn elective course credits for participation in the school and/or community-based learning of the Transitioning Through College and Career Readiness’ curriculum
  • Develop and enhance personal and global social skills and communication
  • Learn to apply technology/media skills within their learning strategies. Collaboration and consultation among students, families, school districts, and Shore Pathways staff provides for coordinated skill-building, consistent reinforcement of skills, strategic intervention to insure completion of student-centered goals, and opportunities for insuring successful high school completion and preparation for post-secondary transitions
  • Participate in student-centered academic ‘credit recovery’ or ‘credit acceleration’ opportunities through courses and teacher guided study to address identified gaps in learning, areas for competency building and expertise, and electives to meet high school graduation requirements

Both credit acceleration and credit recovery have a primary focus of helping students stay in school and graduate on time. Credit Acceleration allows students to earn first time credit for a course. Credit Recovery is broadly defined as a way for a student to “recover” credit for a course in which they were previously unsuccessful in earning academic credit towards graduation.

Massachusetts Requirements

The Massachusetts Education Reform Law of 1993, state law,
G.L. c. 69, § 1D, requires that all students who are seeking to earn a high school diploma, including students educated at public expense in educational collaboratives and approved and unapproved private special education schools within and outside the state, must meet the Competency Determination (CD) standard, in addition to meeting all local graduation requirements.

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is the Commonwealth’s statewide assessment program for students educated with public funds. MCAS tests measure the performance of students, schools, and districts on the academic learning standards in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, fulfilling the requirements of the Education Reform Law of 1993 and No Child Left Behind.

Different paths to graduation have been used to enable students to take advantage of unique learning opportunities and accommodate special circumstances. All students, including students with disabilities, are required to participate in all MCAS tests scheduled for their grade. Students with significant disabilities who are unable to take the standard MCAS tests, even with accommodations, must take the MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt).

In order to earn a CD through participation in the MCAS-Alt, a student must submit a portfolio that

  • demonstrates knowledge and skills at grade-level expectations for a student in grade 10
  • demonstrates evidence of the student’s thinking and problem-solving skills
  • demonstrates accurate and independent performance on the work samples that address all required learning standards and strands in the subject being assessed, as described on pages 26–32 of the 2010 Educator’s Manual for MCAS-Alt, available at

The time each student takes to complete each course will vary. Upon completion of one course of study at Shore Pathways, a student will have the opportunity to begin the next course.


The goal of the Shore Pathways’ College and Career Readiness Transition Program is to provide students with an individualized transition planning experience and opportunity designed to meet IDEA 2004/ DESE Transition Mandates for Students with Disabilities, Aged 14-22, as well as DESE Mandates for Other Special Populations (ELL, McKenney-Vento, School Completion or Hospital/Placement Transitions).

Through specialized and targeted instruction, the coursework provided will reach out to students and engage them in challenging, highly motivational classes that will help them advance and complete their coursework leading to graduation. Student progress will be documented through:

  • Transition Planning Portfolio
  • Progress Updates
  • Demonstrated Compliance with District Requirements

The Shore Pathways’ College and Career ReadinessTransition Program offers an alternative pathway and equity access for students who are seeking to earn credits towards graduation while fulfilling the requirements for a District high school diploma.
Shore Educational Collaborative
100 Revere Beach Parkway
Chelsea, MA 02150

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