ERIC Number: ED364385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Services to Migrant Children: Synthesis and Program Options for the Chapter 1 Migrant Education Program. Supplementary Volume of the Final Report of the National Assessment of the Chapter 1 Program.
Strang, E. William; And Others
This report characterizes the student population served by the Migrant Education Program (MEP), describes services provided through MEP, and suggests policy options to improve targeting and accountability. Despite legislation that requires currently migratory children to receive priority for MEP services, over half of those served are formerly migrant. Most students served through MEP are enrolled in grades K-6 and have substantial needs for supplementary instructional and support services. Large proportions of the children are limited English proficient, are 1 or more years behind their peers in school, and have reading and language arts achievement that lags behind national norms. Summer programs assist in filling in educational gaps caused by moves during the regular term. The current funding formula for determining state MEP grants creates an incentive for states to identify in-school formerly migrant students, rather than the more needy currently migrant, preschool, and out-of-school migrant youth (ages 18-21). If the MEP is to provide services to the eligible migrant students with the greatest needs, the current state grant allocations process must provide appropriate incentives. This report contains many data tables. (KS)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Family Characteristics, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Identification, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Secondary School Students, Summer Programs, Young Adults
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.