Migrant Education Program
The Aberdeen School District’s Migrant Education Program provides services to students who have been identified as Migrant. Support Services programs and staff work closely with all district staff, parents and the community to address the unique needs of migrant students and students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds to assist them in achieving high academic and performance standards and graduate with a high school diploma that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.
The Migrant Education Program is authorized under Part C of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. Federal funds are allocated to OSPI based on per pupil expenditure for education and counts of eligible migratory children, ages 3 to 21, residing within the state. OSPI authorizes the sub-grants to local education agencies (school districts), institutions of higher education and other public and non-profit agencies.
Who is A Migrant Student?
According to sections 1115(b)(1)(A) (incorporated into the MEP program by virtue of sections 1304(c)(2)) and 1309(2) of the statute and §§ 200.81(e) and 200.103(a) of the regulations, a child is a “migratory child” and is eligible for MEP services if all of the following conditions are met.
- The child is not older than 21 years of age; and
- The child is entitled to a free public education (through grade 12) under State law or is below the age of compulsory school attendance; and
- The child is a migratory agricultural worker or a migratory fisher, or the child has a parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migratory agricultural worker or a migratory fisher; and
- The child moved within the preceding 36 months in order to seek or obtain qualifying work, or to accompany or join the migratory agricultural worker or migratory fisher identified in paragraph 3 above, in order to seek or obtain qualifying work; and
- With regard to the move identified in paragraph 4, above, the child:
- Has moved from one school district to another*; or
- In a State that is comprised of a single school district, has moved from one administrative area to another within such district.
“Definition taken from Federal Register dated August 2010”
How Are Students Identified as Migrant?
IDENTIFICATION AND RECRUITMENT (I/R)
Identification means determining the location and presence of migrant children. Recruitment means making contact with migrant families, explaining the Migrant Education Program (MEP), securing the necessary information to make a determination that the child is eligible for the MEP, and recording the basis of the child’s eligibility on a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Upon successful recruitment of a migrant family, eligible children may be enrolled in the MEP.
Services to migrant children and their families may include:
- Supplemental academic programs to assist in the achievement of state academic standards
- Instructional training
- Health programs
- Preschool programs (readiness, transitioning to elementary education)
- Family home visiting and academic counseling services
- Parental involvement
- Migrant student data and collection
- Student leadership opportunities
- Summer schools programs
- Secondary credit accrual and exchange
- Grants for supplemental secondary services, dropout prevention and retrieval, and alternative education programs; and
- Dissemination of information