The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migratory children reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a HSED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.
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, and challenging State academic standards. Funds also ensure that migratory children not only are provided with appropriate education services that address their unique needs but also that such children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic 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.
Types of Projects
State MEP grantees and local/regional MEP subgrantees carry out a range of activities and services to support the needs of migratory children, including identifying and recruiting migratory children, providing instructional and support services that help bolster and sustain the educational progress of migratory children, and collaborating with other organizations and programs that serve migratory children (e.g., Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, the College Assistance Migrant Program, or the High School Equivalency Program). MEP grantees and subgrantees vary in how they carry out these tasks. For example, MEP grantees and subgrantees may identify and recruit migratory children directly or assign this task to others. They also have flexibility to provide a range of services, including direct academic instruction, online courses, graduation-planning assistance, health and dental care, clothing, transportation, and other supports that help migratory children progress and succeed in school.
Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX)
The Migrant Student Information Exchange (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 currently use to manage their migratory child data to fulfill its mission to ensure the appropriate enrollment, placement, accrual of credits and participation in the MEP for migratory children nationwide.