FY 2009 funding:
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
Type of Grant:
The program provides grants to states to design, develop, and implement
statewide P-20 longitudinal data systems to capture, analyze, and use
student data from preschool to high school, college, and the workforce.
Since it started in fiscal year 2005, the program has awarded grants worth
$265 million to 41 states and the District of Columbia. The Recovery
Act competition requires that the data systems have the capacity to link
preschool, K-12, and postsecondary education as well as workforce
data. To receive State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, a state must provide an
assurance that it will establish a longitudinal data system that includes
the 12 elements described in the America COMPETES Act, and any data
system developed with Statewide longitudinal data system funds must
include at least these 12 elements. The elements are:
- An unique identifier for every student that does not permit a student
to be individually identified (except as permitted by federal and state
- The school enrollment history, demographic characteristics, and
program participation record of every student;
- Information on when a student enrolls, transfers, drops out, or
graduates from a school;
- Students scores on tests required by the Elementary and Secondary
- Information on students who are not tested, by grade and subject;
- Students scores on tests measuring whether they’re ready for college;
- A way to identify teachers and to match teachers to their students;
- Information from students’ transcripts, specifically courses taken and
- Data on students’ success in college, including whether they enrolled
in remedial courses;
- Data on whether K-12 students are prepared to succeed in college;
- A system of auditing data for quality, validity, and reliability; and
- The ability to share data from preschool through postsecondary
education data systems.
With such comprehensive data systems, states will be able to monitor
their reforms and make specific changes to advance them. These
data systems will capture data on students from one grade to the next,
measuring whether they are on track to graduate and telling K-12 schools
whether they are preparing their students to succeed in college and
the workforce. The data systems also can help identify teachers who
are succeeding so states can reward them, and find teachers who are
struggling and help them improve.
A request for applications is being published in the Federal Register and
will be available on www.ed.gov.
Migrant Education Program (Title I, Part C) – State Grants
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.