Learning and Leadership Services
Learning and Leadership Services
Curriculum & Instruction - Migrant Program: An Overview
Purpose:
To assist school districts to support educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves 
To ensure that students are provided with appropriate educational services, and 
To ensure that they have the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and student performance standards that all children are expected to meet 

Who is Eligible:
A child (ages 3-21) qualifies for participation in the Migrant Program if: the child, his parents, a spouse, or a guardian is a migratory agricultural worker, a migratory dairy worker, or a migratory fisher, and has moved by himself or accompanied the parent(s), spouse, or guardian within the last three years in order to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture or the fishing industry, and has moved from one school district to another.

In Texas, supplemental academic and support services are provided within Seven Areas of Focus to students who meet the program eligibility definition.

Seven Areas of  Focus:

Migrant Services Coordination
This area of focus is required at all grade levels and seeks to ensure that migrant students and their families have their needs for educational and support services met, and are able to access all services for which they are eligible from entry in the early childhood program for 3 year olds through transition into post-secondary education or employment. 

Early Childhood Education
The emphasis placed on Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds enhances performance opportunities for young migratory students. The MEP provides models for home-based education directly involving parents and school based early childhood programs, which coordinate with other services such as Head Start.

New Generation System for Migrant Student Record Transfer
The New Generation System (NGS) is a web-based interstate information network that communicates demographic, educational, and health data on Migrant students to educators throughout the nation. This system is used within the state of Texas and also to the 46 receiving states that also serve Texas Migrant children.
Parental Involvement
Parent Advisory Councils empower parents to be advocates and take advantage of all available resources for the education of their children.  A local advisory committee is established for each school year for planning, implementation, and evaluation of the local MEP.  

Identification and Recruitment
The MEP actively seeks to identify and recruit all eligible migratory children and youth residing in our local school district. These are children who migrate with their parents or alone across school district lines in search of temporary or seasonal work in fishing or agriculture. Identification is essential in order to offer migrant students opportunities to learn and succeed in school.

Graduation Enhancement

The MEP promotes the transition to post-secondary education through the promotion of student leadership academics, the development of college entrance exam programs, TAKS Performance improvement strategies, correspondence courses through the University of Texas at Austin, admissions counseling, and coordination of activities which ensure that all migrant students are processed for post secondary opportunities. 

Secondary Credit Exchange and Accrual
As secondary education students move from school to school, documentation of courses taken and recommended become significant in their educational development.  Districts are also responsible for partial and complete credits awarded by schools.