ERIC Number: ED426834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Database of Schools Enrolling Migrant Children: An Overview.
Until recently, there was no information on U.S. schools attended by migrant children and their characteristics. Migrant children and youth often were excluded from major educational studies because of the lack of a nationally reliable sampling frame of schools or districts enrolling migrant children. In an effort to fill this gap, the U.S. Department of Education embarked on a project to develop a database of schools that enroll migrant children. In Spring 1997, state Migrant Education Program directors were asked to list public schools and other sites serving migrant children during the regular or summer term. Information from 49 states (excepting Hawaii), the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico was used to create a data file of public schools serving migrant children. In addition, data on 140 private schools and 522 other organizations serving migrant students were used to create a separate data file. Following information on database limitations and availability, this paper provides summary statistics on public schools serving migrant children. In 1997, 22,225 schools enrolled migrant children during the regular school year, the summer term, or both. California reported the greatest number of migrant schools, while Alaska reported the largest percentage of public schools enrolling migrant students. In comparison to nonmigrant schools, migrant schools tended to be larger and poorer and to enroll larger proportions of minority students. Data tables and figures detail school characteristics and provide information for each state. Internet version provides links to the database. (SV)
Descriptors: Databases, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, Migrant Education, Public Schools, School Demography, School Surveys
Web site: http://www.migranted.org/ccdrep.htm
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Migrant Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.