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Children continue their educational journey in grades 6–12, building upon what they learned in previous years and possibly choosing a future career. A child’s secondary education begins in grade 6 and continues through grade 12, ending at graduation.


State Assessments

Parent-teacher Conferences


Attendance - Attending school is especially important for middle and high school students, as the material becomes more complex and in-depth. School provides children with the opportunity to learn a wide range of academic skills, including reading, writing, math, science, and history. These skills are essential for success in life, both in school and in the workplace.

Key Points to consider:

  • Regular school attendance fosters continuous learning and academic progress. When your child misses school, it can create gaps in their knowledge and hinder their academic success.
  • Texas law mandates school attendance for children aged 6 to 18. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their children attend school regularly. Failing to do so may result in legal consequences.*
  • Even for short-term stays, enrolling children in the local school is essential. Even if you plan to move soon, registering your children in the current school district provides them with access to education and socialization. This temporary enrollment can help them stay on track with their peers and minimize disruptions to their learning.
  • Children who do not have the required attendance may not graduate, even with passing grades and enough credits.

Here are a few websites to visit for more information.

Texas Schools

  • Visit this website to locate a school in your area or to learn more about local schools.

MEP Education Resources for Parents of K-12 Migratory Children

  • Resources and additional activities for parents to use at home with their child to support learning.

  • For all parents, guardians, and family members looking to provide support to their child, we have a collection of resources and tools to provide help and guidance.

Texas Education Agency (TEA)

  • Enrolling your Child in School

*Texas Education Code, Education Code. Chapter 25. Subchapter A. Admission and Enrollment (Austin, Texas)


STAAR measure students' learning and readiness for the next grade. Grades 6–8 students take STAAR tests in reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. Those not passing in grade 8 will have opportunities to participate in tutoring sessions to bridge educational gaps and have two additional chances to pass and be promoted to the next year’s grade.

Grades 9–12 students must take End of Course (EOC)  tests in algebra I, biology, US history, English I, and English II. To find out more about expectations of EOC exams, please see the graduation requirements.

STAAR Website

  • Parents can find information, resources, and a checklist to help prepare their child for the STAAR

STAAR Report Card Recommended Book List

  • Provides recommended book titles for each grade level.

STAAR Practice tests

  • Help your child get familiar with the testing format using released STAAR exam questions


Students in grades K-12 that have been identified as an emergent bilingual (EB) student are required to take the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) test. This test assesses the English language proficiency in four language domains – listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

TELPAS website

  • Parents can find more information on how to help their students prepare for the test.

TELPAS FAQ (English & Spanish)

Parent-teacher Conferences - Middle and high school students have multiple teachers. The best place to meet with your child’s teachers will be at campus-wide events like back-to-school or Open House at the beginning of the school year. Parent-teacher conferences provide an opportunity for you to work with your child’s teacher to better understand what your child is learning, how they are progressing, and ways you can best support their learning at home. You can contact your child’s teachers to request a conference any time you have questions or would like to talk about how your child is doing in school.

Parent-teacher conferences can be stressful, but remember, you and your child’s teacher are working together to ensure your child is on the right track. Even as your child gets older, they still need their parents and teachers to communicate and combine their support.

Several websites can help you prepare for a parent-teacher conference.

Parent-Teacher Conference Tool

  • Helps you plan your questions before the parent-teacher conference.

Back to School Parent Conferencing

  • Provides parents with a conferencing tool that explains what to do before and during a parent-teacher conference in order to best connect with their child’s teacher.

Support to Help Ensure Your Child is on Track This School Year

  • Offers support and resources to help parents improve academic outcomes for your child.

Graduation Requirements

 A student must accomplish certain requirements in order to graduate high school.

  1. Students must attend the minimum number of required days in order to be awarded credits.
  2. Students must earn a minimum number of credits in required courses.
    • The MEP can provide and/or coordinate credit-by-exam, tutorials, and credit accrual or consolidation.
    • The MEP can provide information for migratory students who have dropped out of high school to help them earn their high school equivalency credential.
  3. Students must pass the EOC state assessments in grades 9–12.
    • The MEP offers resources through the Texas Migrant Interstate Program (TMIP) if a student fails a state assessment, is traveling during the assessment testing windows, or has moved and will be spending the rest of the semester out of Texas.
    • The MEP can provide and/or coordinate tutoring or coordinate a retesting opportunity for a child who failed an EOC.

To help parents better understand graduation requirements, the MEP can set up parent meetings, connect parents with a migrant counselor/adviser, or provide graduation guides.

Graduation and Testing Resources

Texas Graduation Program Options

  • Side-by-Side Comparison of the different graduation plan options for students entering high school in 2014 or later.

Texas Graduation Requirements (TEA)

  • Texas Education Agency page with links to information and current policies regarding graduation.

Texas Migrant Interstate Program (TMIP)

  • Resources for Texas MEP students related to STAAR/EOC, College & Career, and Summer Camp opportunities.

High School Equivalency Testing Options in Texas

  • Information and resources to support parents and families of emergent bilingual students.

 For resources and support as your child considers options for after graduation, please visit our:
Assistance and Preparation for After Graduation page

 The section on Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral Degrees includes information on the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) which provides financial assistance to migratory students attending a participating college.