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What is Interstate/Intrastate Coordination and why is it important?

Interstate coordination refers to collaborative activities undertaken by two or more states to improve the education of migratory children who move between those states. Intrastate/interstate coordination and collaboration are important to help keep migratory students on track and on time for graduation. The timely transfer of education records for migratory students between schools has been a longstanding challenge. Migratory students often enroll in multiple schools for varying lengths of time each year as their families migrate in search of temporary or seasonal work in agriculture or fishing. MEP staff continue to find it difficult to share and consolidate migratory student information in a timely and meaningful way to help school personnel make appropriate placement decisions when the students arrive. Some conditions that may prompt the need for an exchange of records may include (list is not exhaustive):

Intrastate coordination refers to efforts involving two or more LEAs within the state to improve educational services for migratory children in that state.

High Mobility

Student population that moves frequently.

Short Departure Notices

Students move with short notice or without notifying school personnel.

Missing Data

Students move to a new school without educational data such as transcripts, withdrawal grades, list of recommended courses, credit recovery options, health records, IEP, AEP, TELPAS, and/or testing accommodation documentation.

Placement Errors

Students are placed in incorrect courses or grade level.
Difference in Grading Scales/Marking Terms/Curricula - Passing grades of 70 or better versus numerical or letter grade; 6-week term, 9-week term, trimester, or year-round schools; TEKS versus other state curricula.

Difference in Grading Scales/Marking Terms/Curricula

Passing grades of 70 or better versus numerical or letter grade; 6-week term, 9-week term, trimester, or year-round schools; TEKS versus other state curricula.