ERIC Number: ED357909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Migrant Student Record Transfer System (MSRTS): An Update. ERIC Digest.
Begun in 1969, the Migrant Student Record Transfer System (MSRTS) records, maintains, and transfers education and health information on over 600,000 migrant children in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This information is used by local educators dealing with individual migrant students, and by local, state, and federal planners and evaluators. The mobility of migrant students creates unique problems related to discontinuity in their educational program and isolation from the community. These factors, plus poverty and linguistic and cultural barriers, contribute to a high dropout rate and a high rate of placement below grade level among migrant students. School personnel can use MSRTS data to place newly enrolled migrant students into appropriate programs and classrooms. In addition, the health information in MSRTS alerts schools to the health problems and needs of particular children. In 1988, the National Commission on Migrant Education found that MSRTS was the only national database serving migrant students. But the Commission also identified system problems: (1) complex and unclear reporting requirements; (2) mechanisms for collecting and reporting information that are paper-based and embedded in several layers of bureaucracy; (3) nonstandardized data collection; and (4) lack of any meaningful role for parents in the system. The Commission's recommendations for improving MSRTS are listed. (SV)
Descriptors: Coordination, Databases, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Services, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Student Records
ERIC/CRESS, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.