The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to design and support programs that help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with migratory lifestyle and successfully transition to post-secondary education or employment, as well as to meet State content and performance standards that the State has established for all children.
Seven Areas of Focus
- Parental Involvement
- Migrant Services Coordination
- Early Childhood Education
- Secondary Credit Accrual
- Graduation Enhancement
- Identification and Recruitment
- New Generation System
Identification & Recruitment (ID&R)
Federal law requires that Texas identify and recruit every school age child of eligible migrant parents residing in the state into the NCLB Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program.
In Texas, migrant children and youth are identified and recruited for the Migrant Education Program (MEP) through an interview process conducted by a recruiter. Because of the highly mobile nature of migratory work in agriculture, it is required that identification and recruitment be conducted beyond the campus and throughout the school district community.
The Texas Manual for the Identification and Recruitment of Migrant Children provides basic information regarding the responsibilities that local recruiters have in the identification and recruitment of migrant children in Texas. This manual is a reference guide designed to help recruiters:
- Make proper eligibility decisions;
- Complete necessary documentation; and
- Support Educational Service Center (ESC) and Local Education Agency (LEA) quality control measures
New Generation System (NGS)
NGS is a web-based interstate information network that communicates demographic, educational and health data on migrant children to educators throughout the nation. The system allows educators to record the movement of migrant students through the educational process by producing online records of a student's educational progress and health profile. Educators can generate a student transfer document to facilitate academic placement as the student transfers schools. NGS also allows educators to generate various student-level, management and federal performance reports.
The NGS Manual provides guidelines to assist Local Education Agency LEA) and/or Education Service Center (ESC) staff in implementing NGS activities.