Migrant Education Program (Title I, Part C) – State Grants

Office of Migrant Education


Formula Grants

Education of Migratory Children, Title I, Part C

Funds support high quality education programs for migratory children and help ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements, or state academic content and student academic achievement standards. Funds also ensure that migratory children not only are provided with appropriate education services (including supportive services) that address their special needs but also that such children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet. Federal funds are allocated by formula to State educational agencies (SEAs), based on each state’s per pupil expenditure for education and counts of eligible migratory children, age 3 through 21, residing within the state.


States use program funds to identify eligible children and provide education and support services. These services include: academic instruction; remedial and compensatory instruction; bilingual and multicultural instruction; vocational instruction; career education services; special guidance; counseling and testing services; health services; and preschool services.


The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.


The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 was enacted by Congress to provide for the establishment of strategic planning and performance measurement in the Federal Government (made up of an annual performance plan and an annual performance report).

In December 2010, the Office of Migrant Education initiated a collaborative process, in order to develop a focused set of new Migrant Education Program GPRAs that align closely with the program goal. The office consulted with the Data Quality Initiative, the Migrant Education Program Coordination Workgroup, the Interstate Migrant Education Council, and the National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education during this collaborative process, which concluded with four Migrant Education Program GPRAs in December 2012.

The new Migrant Education Program (MEP) GPRAs for 2013 are:

  • The percentage of MEP students that scored at or above proficient on their state’s annual Reading/Language Arts assessments in grades 3-8,
  • The percentage of MEP students that scored at or above proficient on their state’s annual Mathematics assessments in grades 3-8,
  • The percentage of MEP students who were enrolled in grades 7-12, and graduated or were promoted to the next grade level, and
  • The percentage of MEP students who entered 11th grade that had received full credit for Algebra I.


The Office of Migrant Education has several leadership initiatives in place to increase the capacity of State educational agencies, local school districts, schools, and other community organizations to continuously improve the educational outcomes attained by migrant children. These initiatives currently focus on:

Student Records Exchange

Contact Information

  • Patricia Meyertholen
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of Academic Improvement Programs
    400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
    LBJ Federal Office Building
    Washington, DC 20202-6200
Last Modified: 12/16/2019