The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to provide support to migrant children who may experience educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves and to ensure that children are provided with appropriate educational services to meet the same challenging state content and student performance standards that all children are expected to meet. An eligible migrant student is one who has crossed school district lines during the past three years so that the student, a parent, or other member of the immediate family may seek employment in agricultural or fishing related activities.
In accordance with the Texas Migrant Education Program, the Round Rock ISD Migrant Education Program provides support services for migrant students through the following seven areas of focus: Identification and Recruitment, New Generation System (NGS) for Migrant Student Record Transfer, Migrant Services Coordination, Early Childhood Education, Graduation Enhancement, Secondary Credit Exchange and Accrual, and Parental Involvement.
The following services are provided to eligible migrant students through the Round Rock ISD Migrant Education Program.
Migrant Service Coordination
A Round Rock ISD Migrant Services Coordinator serves as an advocate for migrant students and their families by helping students access academic and support services and career counseling from entry into school until graduation.
Early Childhood Education
Specific efforts are made to identify preschool migrant children and enroll them in home-based or school based programs. Training is also available for parents to work with their children at home to prepare the children to be successful when they enroll in school.
Student Record Transfer
The New Generation System (NGS) is an innovative data transfer system developed for the internet that allows educators to record the movement of migrant students through the educational process by producing on-line records of a student’s educational progress and health profile. Student transfer documents are generated to facilitate academic placement as students transfer from school to school.
Parent and Family Engagement
Training and support services are available for migrant families in such areas as developing parenting skills, providing techniques on fostering children’s learning, utilizing community services, requirements for graduation, and promoting two-way communication between the home and school.
Identification and Recruitment
Children are eligible to participate in the district Migrant Education Program if they have moved within the last 36 months with their parents, a guardian, a spouse or on their own across school district boundaries so that the parent, spouse, child or other member of the immediate family may seek or obtain temporary or seasonal, agricultural, or fishing activity. The qualifying work must be a principal means of livelihood.
Graduation Enhancement (ages 3-21)
Migrant Education Program staff members work to identify effective strategies to assist students in meeting high school graduation requirements. Strategies include monitoring students’ academic progress, tutorial services, and referrals to the College Assistance Migrant Program at St. Edward’s University, as well as University of Texas correspondence courses.
Secondary Credit Exchange and Accrual
The Migrant Services Coordinator documents courses completed by migrant students in grades 6-12 and regularly submits reports to the New Generation System (NGS). Efforts are made to track partial and complete credits earned by students for work completed during the enrollment period in each school.