Migrant Program

The goal of the Migrant Education program is to provide leadership to the field regarding programs and services that promote academic excellence and equity for migrant students. To achieve this goal, the program strives to create conditions that empower educators working with migrant children to collaborate in designing programs that build upon student's strengths, eliminate barriers, provide continuity of educations and produce levels of performance for migrant students that meet or exceed those of the general population. Parental involvement is viewed as an essential part of the educational process, and home-school-community partnerships provide the support necessary to improve student achievement.

Identification of Migrant Students

  • Agricultural activity means
    • Any activity directly related to the production or processing of crops, dairy products, poultry, or livestock for initial commercial sale or personal subsistence;
    • Any activity directly related to the cultivation or harvesting of trees; or
    • Any activity directly related to fish farms. (34 CFR 200.40(a))
  • Fishing activity means any activity directly related to the catching or processing of fish or shellfish for initial commercial sale of personal substance. (34CFR 200.40(b))
  • Migratory agricultural worker means a person who, in the preceding 36 months has moved from one school district to another in order to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural activities (including dairy work) as a principal means of livelihood (34 CFR 200.40(d))
  • Migratory child means a child who is, whose parent, spouse or guardian is, a migratory dairy worker, or a migratory fisher, and who, in the preceding 36 months, in order to obtain, or accompany such a parent, spouse, guardian in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work has moved from one school district to another. (34CFR 200.40(d))
  • Migratory fisher means a person, who in the preceding 36 months, has moved from one school district to another, in order to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in fishing activities as a principal means of livelihood.

Certificate of Eligibility
The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is the legal document used by the state to enroll eligible migrant children into the New Generation System (NGS) for Migrant Student Record Transfer. Before setting out to recruit migrant students, the recruiter must be certified by the education service center after having successfully passed the ESC's Post assessment on Identification and Recruitment Competencies. The recruiter must be knowledgeable about eligibility criteria for making eligibility determinations and about the services available to eligible students. Educational and support services (e.g., direct instruction, counseling, health, etc.) cannot be provided until the child has been determined eligible and the completed COE is properly distributed and filed by the fiscal agent. The importance of obtaining credible information on the COE is essential.

Seven Areas of Focus
The Migrant Program has seven areas of focus.

  • Migrant Services Coordination (All levels)  This area of focus is required at all grade levels and seeks to ensure that migrant students and their families have their needs for education and support services met, and are able to access all services for which they are eligible for entry in MEP's early childhood program for three-year-olds through transition into post secondary education or employment.
  • Identification and Recruitment (ages 3-21)  The migrant coordinator actively seeks to identify and recruit all eligible migratory children and youth residing in the state. These are children who migrate with their parents, or alone, across school district lines in search of temporary or seasonal work in fishing or agriculture. Identification is essential in order to offer migrant students opportunities to learn and succeed in school.
  • Early Childhood Education (age 3 to grade 2)  The emphasis placed on Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds enhances performance opportunities for young migratory students. The MEP provides models for home-based education directly involving parents and school-based early childhood programs that coordinate with other available services such as Headstart.
  • Graduation Enhancement (grade 9-12)  The Iv1EP promotes the transition to postsecondary education through the promotion of student leadership, academics, the development of college entrance exam programs, standardized tests performance improvement strategies, correspondence courses through the University of Texas Austin, admissions counseling, and coordination of activities that ensure that all migrant students are processed for postsecondary opportunities.
  • Parental Involvement (all levels) 
  • Parent Advisory Councils empower parents to be advocates and to take advantage of all available resources for the education of their children. 
  • Secondary Credit Exchange and Accrual (grades 9-12) 

As secondary education students move from school to school, documentation of courses taken and recommended becomes significant in their educational development. Districts are also responsible for partial and complete credits awarded by schools.

  • New Generation System for Migrant Student Record Transfer (ages 3-21)

With the recent elimination of the national migrant data base (Migrant Student Record Transfer System), Texas has taken the lead in the development of this new system for transferring student information not only within the state, but also to the 46 receiving states that also serve Texas migrant children.

Migrant is part of the Title III (Part C) federal funding.  Funding is based on the number of students in the program.
For more information on the SISD migrant program,
 please email:
 Dina Baxter, Migrant Coordinator