The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.
The purposes of the Migrant Education Program are to:
Assist States in supporting high-quality and comprehensive educational programs and services during the school year, and, as applicable, during summer or intersession periods, that address the unique educational needs of migratory children.
To identify eligible migrant students by the use of agricultural surveys in schools, businesses, and any venue that might employ or provide services for migrant families. Recruiters work to build rapport with local farmers and area businesses to ensure their assistance and cooperation with the program.
Ensure that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements, and challenging State academic standards.
Ensure that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.
Help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit their ability to succeed in school.
Ensure that migratory students receive full and appropriate opportunities where virtual learning is concerned and that supplemental services are provided during the COVID-19 pandemic when appropriate and allowable.
Help migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms. (See section 1301 of the ESEA.)