As most people know, a young person who has not completed high school may choose to study and be tested for a “Certificate of High School Equivalency.” Here in Massachusetts this program is known as HiSET (or High School Equivalency Test), which (like GED in many other states) is designed to test and certify “a candidate’s attainment of academic knowledge and skills equivalent to those of a high school graduate.” The HiSET tests cover five specific core areas – Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics – all of which must be “performed at a level consistent with high school equivalency” in order to pass.
Since many of the young adults entering UTEC have not experienced success in traditional classrooms, UTEC’s instructors take a very different approach in their teaching methods. Young adults at UTEC first begin their educational journey by meeting with the education team and completing a comprehensive assessment to determine the student’s strengths and those areas that need addressing. Assessments at UTEC do not make any student ineligible for classes; instead they serve as something of a roadmap for the instructors, identifying both the student’s academic needs as well as individual likes/dislikes, in order to tailor each student’s curriculum and learning experience. Last year, 24% of young people in our HiSET class earned their credential.
In the classroom, students work primarily on a schedule tied to their individual goals and interests, which are focused on the five required subject areas. The instructors make it a priority to meet individually with each student every day so they stay on top of their individual academic goals.
“School here feels easier than it used to,” said Jackson (not his real name). “My teachers really teach me things here. I can solve equations now. I never thought I could do that, but my teachers sit next to me and work with me every day.”
At UTEC, we believe that all students deserve a comprehensive education with an emphasis on social justice. At UTEC we believe education itself is an act of social justice. For many of our young adults, classes at UTEC are a chance to start over, a chance to learn at their own pace, and a chance to graduate as part of transforming their lives.
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Source: Lowell Sun