ERIC Number: ED261851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-5
Reference Count: N/A
Mobility and Continuity: New Ways of Lowering Dropout Rates for Migrant Students through Credit Accrual and Exchange.
Serrano, Vicente Z.
The paper explores problems that frequently cause migrant students to become high school dropouts and outlines possible solutions; it chronologically reviews developments to provide continuity in migrant students' secondary education programs; and outlines further needed action. Identified as barriers to completion of high school are the economic necessity for migrant students to work; the negative attitudes of schools toward migrant students; the bewildering array of curriculums, requirements, and class schedules; specific state/local graduation proficiency standards; and access to special educational services because of mobile life styles and/or rural nature of schools. Cited among developments to provide credit accrual/exchange for secondary migrant students are the 1971 Migrant Student Record Transfer System and a 1981 National Policy Workshop on Education for Migrant Secondary Students. A chart outlines solutions, initiatives, and agencies having ultimate control for eight migrant student problems: lack of credit reciprocity, lack of fractional credit transfer, lack of course continuity, language barriers, inconsistent grade placement, inaccessible vocational and special programs, inaccessibility of mandated competency tests, and absence of alternative instruction. Recommended actions are supporting/adopting resolutions of the National Policy Workshop, implementing solutions offered by the Interstate Migrant Secondary Services Program, and explaining these policies/procedures at the state level. (NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.