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College, Career, and Military Readiness:

Ensuring Migratory Students Graduate from High School

One of the main responsibilities a Migrant Education Program (MEP) has is to ensure educational continuity for all migratory students so they can successfully graduate from high school (or obtain a certificate of High School Equivalency) and be prepared for college, career, or the military.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Section 1301 has outlined six program purposes for the MEP in each state. The second purpose states that each MEP must “ensure migratory children who move among the States should not be penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements, and State academic content and by student academic achievement standards”.1

In addition, the MEP Common Areas of Concern stress that MEP staff must ensure “continuity of education and seamless credit accrual opportunities for all students as being a priority”2 due to the mobility of migratory students. The continuity of educational opportunities and support for migratory students must begin at birth and continue through high school graduation.

1 U.S. Department of Education, “State Applications, Services,” Title I, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Education of Migratory Children (Amended as ESSA). Sec. 1304(d), last modied September 15, 2004, accessed June 22, 2020.
2 Texas Education Agency, Texas Migrant Education Program Comprehensive Needs Assessment Report (Austin, Texas: Texas Education Agency, 2016) , p. 7.