Migrant Education--Basic State Formula Grants

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The U.S. Department of Education collects data annually from State Educational Agencies (SEAs) concerning the operation of the Title I, Part C, Migrant Education Program (MEP). The data are collected through Part I and Part II of the Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR). The data provide the Department with information on: the number of eligible migrant children; student characteristics (e.g., mobility, English language proficiency, priority-for-services); student participation in MEP-funded services, staffing levels, and on the academic achievement of migrant students. 

Select MEP CSPR data are included in the Department’s ED Data Express (http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/index.cfm), a Web site designed to improve the public's ability to access and explore high-value state-level education data collected by the Department. The site is designed to be interactive and to present the data in a clear, easy-to-use manner, with options to download information into Excel or manipulate the data within the Web site. The site currently includes data from EDFacts, CSPR, State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the Department's Budget Service office.

Migrant Achievement Data, collected in the CSPR Part I, is located within ED Data Express, and includes data from SY 2004-05 through SY 2013-14.  The data, expressed as percent proficient in the content areas of Reading, Mathematics, and Science, may be viewed by Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Grade Four, and Grade Eight.

MEP Eligibility and Participation data, collected in the CSPR Part II,  is also located within ED Data Express, includes data from SY 2007-08 through SY 2013-14, and may be viewed by groups, sub-groups, and data elements. The data may be selected by “group,” and migrant groups include Migrant Students Eligible for Services, Migrant Students Participating in Services – Performance Period,  Migrant Students Participating in Services – Regular School Year, and Migrant Students Participating in Services – Summer/Intersession.  Moreover, the data may be selected by “sub-group,” and include Eligible Migrant Students, Limited English Proficient Students, Priority for Service Students, Students with Disabilities, Total Migrant Participation, Participation in Instructional Services, and Participation in Support Services.  Finally, data may be selected by data element, which includes the age/grade categories of Ages 3-5, Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Out-of-School Youth, and Total Population. 

The Common Core of Data (CCD)- The CCD is a comprehensive, annual, national statistical database of information concerning all public elementary and secondary schools (approximately 91,000) and school districts (approximately 16,000). The CCD is produced by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - The NAEP, also known as "the Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.

Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) - SASS is the nation's largest sample survey of America's public and private schools, districts, principals, teachers, and library media centers.

General Demographic Information on Migrant Workers and Agriculture

National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) - The U.S. Department of Labor is the only national information source on the demographics and working and living conditions of U.S. farmworkers. Information has been collected from over 25,000 farm workers since the NAWS began in 1988. The survey samples all crop farmworkers in three cycles each year in order to capture the seasonality of the work. The NAWS locates and samples workers at their work sites, avoiding the well-publicized undercount of this difficult-to-find population. A Demographic and Employment Profile of United States Farmworkers, which uses data from the 1997-98 National Agricultural Workers Survey, is available online. download files PDF (163K)

U.S.Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Survey (NASS), Census of Agriculture - The census of agriculture is a complete accounting of United States agricultural production. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the Nation. The census includes as a farm every place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold or normally would have been sold during the census year. The census of agriculture is taken every five years covering the years ending in "2" and "7."


Non-Reglatory Guidance for Title I, Part C (2010)


The Migrant Education Program (MEP) policy guidance is designed to help state educational agencies (SEAs) and local operating agencies use MEP funds to develop and implement supplemental educational and support services to assist migratory children. The guidance in this document replaces all prior non-regulatory guidance for the MEP.  The introduction, along with Chapter II: Child Eligibility, were revised recently to reflect the 2008 program regulations and Department policy. With minor exceptions, as noted in the Introduction, all other chapters remain unchanged from the non-regulatory guidance document that the Department published on October 23, 2003.  This guidance does not impose requirements beyond those in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and other Federal statutes and regulations that apply to the MEP.  It also does not create or confer any rights for or on any person.  While States may wish to consider the guidance, they are free to develop their own approaches that are consistent with applicable Federal statutes and regulations.  View all of the Department of Education's major policy guidance on the policy guidance page.
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The Office of Migrant Education conducts one major meeting for State Directors of Migrant Education each year, the Annual State Directors Meeting. The Annual State Directors Meeting addresses both customary business items and key program priorities, including legislative and regulatory changes.



General Education Publications and Products - The U.S. Department of Education publishes a wealth of information for teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, parents, students, and others with a stake in education. Learn more about publications available through the Department.

High Standards for All Students: A Report from the National Assessment of Title I on Progress and Challenges Since the 1994 Reauthorization (2001) - This report provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent data available from the National Assessment of Title I on the implementation of the Title I program and the academic performance of children, including migrant children, in high-poverty schools.
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Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance Guide on Re-interviewing (2010) is designed to help states develop re-interviewing processes, in accordance with MEP regulations, that are efficient and effective and that provide useful, valid, and reliable information about state identification and recruitment (ID&R) processes.  PDF (1.23 MB)



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Last Modified: 07/18/2016