GRADUATION ENHANCEMENT ASSISTANCE
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.(http://www2.ed.gov/programs/mep/index.html) The Region One ESC MEP provides graduation enhancement assistance to area public school districts and charter schools at no cost.
All LEAs who hire migrant counselors, strategists, must ensure that as a supplemental staff they are advocating for migrant students. The need to review transcripts, grades, and partial credits from receiving states is critical to ensure migrant students graduate with their cohort. When Texas students do not graduate in four years or do not return as a continuer, the student is a dropout. To be sure migrant students are on track to graduate the migrant staff needs to be in constant contact with the academic counselor at their high schools.
Communication with receiving states is the key to the success of the child. Before the student withdraws from school, it is recommended that the migrant counselor give the parent his/her contact information. In addition, providing the phone number of the Texas Migrant Interstate Program (TMIP) is very helpful. If the student is lacking an assessment, TMIP may be able to assist the student. The phone number of TMIP is 1-800-292-7006.
Credit Options for Migrant Students
Schools may provide a variety of options to ensure students make up coursework due to late enrollment or early withdrawal. Examples of those programs include PLATO, NOVA NET, E-2020, API, Migrant Lab, and the Portable Assisted Study Sequence(PASS) Program.
Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program- 1-800-245-5681
The PASS program allows students to meet graduation requirements by granting credit for the completion of the supplemental self-directed learning packages. The number of courses varies from state to state. All states offer English, social studies, and mathematics.
Please select a link for contact information for each state listed below. (http://migrant.net/pass/list-state.htm)