Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Migrant Education Program?

Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program (MEP) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, supports high quality education programs for migratory children (ages 3-21) and helps ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements, or state academic content and student academic achievement standards.

The MEP is designed to help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school, and to prepare such children to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment.

Who is a migrant student?

A migrant student is any child ages 0-21 who moves across school district lines, either by themselves, or with a parent or guardian, for the purpose of seeking qualifying seasonal or temporary agricultural work. Migrant students often move multiple times per year— experiencing interrupted schooling in addition to other barriers they may face.

Where do migrant families live and work in Indiana?

Migrant families live and work in all areas of our state, and receive supplemental educational and support services regardless of their geographic location from one of our Migrant Regional Centers. Our families are a crucial part of producing and harvesting many crops grown here in Indiana— such as watermelons, tomatoes, corn, berries, asparagus, peppers, and many more!

How long are students eligible for the program?

Students that qualify for the MEP have a certificate of eligibility (COE) which is valid for three years.

Are migrant students English learners?

Sometimes. Like all students in Indiana, migrant students must complete a home language survey (HLS) in order to determine if their English proficiency should be assessed.

What does the term “OSY” mean?

The term “OSY” stands for “Out-Of-School Youth”. This refers to students not yet over 21 years who have not earned a high school diploma or its equivalency. These students are eligible for services through our migrant regional center.