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ERIC Number: ED481643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Graduation Enhancement and Postsecondary Opportunities for Migrant Students: Issues and Approaches.
Salinas, Cinthia; Reyes, Reynaldo
This chapter addresses the plight of migrant secondary students moving across district lines and encountering challenges such as credit accrual and lack of academic resources. Although graduation requirements differ from state to state, they all amount to a kind of bookkeeping that determines whether a student graduates from high school. The chances of attaining high school graduation are affected by state and local course requirements, continuity of curricula between districts, differing school schedules, and the efficiency of student record transfer systems. Many common school policies and practices diminish the cultural capital of migrant youth and their families, making it difficult for migrant students to stay in school. Linguistically and culturally diverse students face institutional barriers, and their parents often are excluded from involvement in their education. In addition, increased high-stakes testing places even greater pressures on migrant students, who may not be present for test preparation and testing opportunities. Migrant students who aspire to postsecondary education face additional barriers. College preparatory math acts as a gate-keeping tool in the selection of students for college, and migrant students often are placed in lower tracks without access to advanced math courses. Migrant students also lack access to the special knowledge that facilitates college preparation and admission. Fictional scenarios illustrate these difficulties and potential remedies that educators could pursue. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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