ERIC Number: ED450993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-10
Reference Count: N/A
State Auditor's Review of the Vermont Migrant Education Program, July 1, 1997 to December 31, 1999.
Vermont State Office of the State Auditor, Montpelier.
Since 1992, the Vermont Department of Education has granted funds to the University of Vermont (UVM) to operate the Migrant Education Program (MEP). This review by the State Auditor found that prior to fiscal year 1999, the Department did not make a concerted effort to oversee the MEP and, as a result, several critical programs components were not put into place as required by federal law. The Department did not provide adequate oversight of UVM's administrative costs. Together, UVM and the Department spent approximately 33 percent of the State's 1999 MEP grant award on administrative costs. The Department failed to compel UVM to meet MEP requirements, including development of a complaint process, creation of regional advisory boards, and monitoring of recruitment efforts. As a result, the program took an average of 158 days to enroll migrant children after a qualifying move. The MEP did not consult with parent advisory councils to solicit their input into the planning and operation of the program at both the state and local operating level. The MEP was not integrated with other mainstream educational programs and the state plan did not reflect integration with other educational programs as required by law. Program goals and outcomes for the MEP were not measurable, compromising the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Three appendices present analysis of program evaluations and performance measurements, analysis of program objectives and indicators, and the Department of Education's response to the draft review. (TD)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Elementary Secondary Education, Migrant Education, Migrant Health Services, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, State Departments of Education
Office of the Vermont State Auditor, 133 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-5101; Tel: 802-828-2281. Full text at Web site: http://www.state.vt.us/sao/pages/Reviews.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Office of the State Auditor, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont