Migrant Student Records Exchange Initiative
The Department was mandated by Congress, in Section 1308 (b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, to assist States in the electronic transfer of student records and in determining the number of migratory children in each State. Further, Congress directed the Secretary, in Section 1308 (b)(2)(A) of the statute, to ensure the linkage of migrant student record systems for the purpose of electronically exchanging, among the States, health and educational information regarding all migratory students eligible under this part. In accordance with the mandate, the primary mission of the Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX) is to facilitate the appropriate enrollment, placement, accrual of credits and participation in the Migrant Education Program (MEP) for migratory children.
MSIX is the technology that allows States to share educational and health information on migratory children who travel from State to State and who as a result, have student records in multiple States’ information systems. MSIX works in concert with the existing migrant student information systems that States use to manage their migrant data to fulfill its mission.
The purpose of MSIX is to ensure greater continuity of educational services for migratory children by providing a mechanism for all States to exchange educational and health related information on migratory children who move from State to State due to their migratory lifestyle. The use of MSIX helps improve the timeliness of school enrollments, address the appropriateness of grade and course placements, reduce incidences of unnecessary immunizations and increase the participation of migratory children in the MEP. Further, MSIX facilitates the accrual of course credits for migratory children in secondary school by providing accurate academic information on each student’s course history and academic progress. In addition, States can notify each other when a migratory student is moving to a different State.
OME has developed the user and system requirements to implement the records transfer system and provides for overall system administration, maintenance and monitoring.
The primary goals and objectives of the MSIX Initiative are to:
Goal 1: Create an electronic exchange for the transfer of migrant student education and health data amongst the States.
- Objective 1.1: Design, develop, and build MSIX.
- Objective 1.2: Efficiently collect and maintain complete and accurate migrant student education and health data needed for the purpose of record exchange.
- Objective 1.3: Provide users with a consolidated migrant student record in a timely manner to facilitate enrollment, placement, and accrual of credits for migrant students.
- Objective 1.4: Reduce the burden of collecting, maintaining, and exchanging migrant student records.
Goal 2: Promote the use of MSIX.
- Objective 2.1: Conduct consultation with States in the design, development and implementation of the MSIX.
- Objective 2.2: Disseminate information on the requirements, availability and benefits of MSIX to prospective Users.
- Objective 2.3: Provide training and help desk support to data users and providers.
Goal 3: Ensure the use of the consolidated migrant student record for the purposes of enrollment, placement, and accrual of credit of migrant students in school and migrant education projects.
- Objective 3.1: Monitor compliance with records exchange requirements to produce the consolidated migrant student records. Objective 3.2: Monitor the use of the consolidated student record for the intended purposes of school enrollment, placement and accrual of credits.
- Objective 3.3: Provide best practices, incentives, and penalties to continuously encourage and expand the use of the consolidated record.
Goal 4: Produce national data on the migrant population.
- Objective 4.1: Provide the stakeholders with census data and statistics on unduplicated national migrant population.
- Objective 4.2: Use unduplicated data for the generation of accurate, consistent child counts.
4. Contact Information
Benjamin Starr, MSIX Lead
For MSIX Information, including the latest MSIX Minimum Data Elements (MDEs) list please visit: https://msix.ed.gov