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Title i c migrant program in the state of oregon

Title I-C Migrant Program in the State of Oregon

Odyssey 2014

Jonathan Fernow- Title I-C Specialist, ODE


The purpose of this presentation is to share the history of the program, how students qualify, and benefits of the

Title I-C Migrant program in Oregon.

Rules for place your bets
Rules for Place Your Bets

You will read a statement about the migrant program.

Circle the T if you think it’s True or the F if you think it’s False.

On the left side of the T/F you will wager an amount between $5 and $35 dollars and write the amount in the box. Add the wager if correct, or subtract if wrong.

#1: A migrant student is one who travels to Oregon from another country.

#2: Migrant students are the same as ESL or ELL students.

#3: The migrant program provides accident health insurance to all Oregon migrant students.

#4: There are 19 programs in Oregon receiving Title I-C allocations.

#5: Oregon migrant programs receive three separate allocations:

1) Regular Year,

2)Preschool, and

3) Summer School.

#6: Before the Title I-C program, over 90% of migrant students dropped out or did not graduate.

#7: The measurable program outcomes for Title I-C are:

1) reading,

2) math,

3) school readiness, and

4) graduation.

Title I-C Video

  • The Office for Migrant Education (OME) from USDE has prepared a short video covering the history, purpose, and qualifying requirements of the Title I-C Migrant program.

In Oregon, although a majority of migrant students are Hispanic, we are unique in that we also have Russian and Native American migrant students.

  • Oregon is the 5th largest migrant state. Which do you think are the top 5 states? These top states make up 74% of all migrant qualified students in the nation.

  • Our yearly allocation is a little over $10 million a year. For the last few years, it was around $10.6 million. Last year with sequestration, it will be $10 million.

  • The National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS) (Carroll, et al., 2005) estimated that there are over 3 million migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the US. These migrants are primarily Hispanic (94%), have Spanish as their native language (81%), and have a 7th grade median level of education.

  • Total family income averaged between $15,000 and $17,499.

Using the most recent data available, OME reported that state educational agencies (SEAs) identified approximately 470,000 eligible migrant children and youth. 35% of these children were considered limited in English proficiency, and 15% were out-of-school youth (OSY).

States served approximately 67% of the total eligible migrant students and 47% of the eligible OSY in the 2008-09 Comprehensive State Performance Reports (OME website, 2011).

The purpose of Migrant education is to improve the educational opportunities and academic success of migrant children, youth, agriculture workers and fishers, and their families.

The program serves children and youth between the ages 3-21.

  • There are specific eligibility requirements for identification of children qualifying for Migrant education services. They must have:

    • traveled with or joined parents who migrated to find agricultural work;

    • themselves migrated to perform agricultural work;

    • cross district lines and do qualifying work.

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

We are one of the few federal education programs that require a document for eligibility.

All states have more than 71 data elements on their COEs.

Oregon is in the process of developing an electronic COE.

Purpose of the Migrant Program

  • 1. Support high-quality and comprehensive supplementary educational programs for migrant children in order to reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from the migrant life style.

2. Ensure that migrant children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the states in curriculum, graduation requirements, and state academic content and student academic achievement standards.

3. Ensure that migrant children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their needs in a coordinated and efficient manner.

4. Ensure that migrant children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.

5. Design programs to help migrant children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit their ability to do well in school, and to prepare them to make a successful transition to post-secondary education or employment.

Oregon has 19 programs in the state.

10 of them are school districts and 9 are educational service districts (ESDs).

There are around 19,000 migrant students in Oregon.

The following districts have a Title I-C Program:

Beaverton , Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Hood River County, Newberg, Nyssa/Adrian/Vale, Ontario/Annex, Portland, Salem-Keizer, and Woodburn.

The following ESDs have a Title I-C Program:

Clackamas, Columbia Gorge, High Desert, InterMountain, Lane, Multnomah, Northwest Regional, Southern Oregon, and Willamette.

Once they qualify, they can receive Migrant services for three years.

Educationally, they receive help during school, after-school tutoring, migrant pre-schools, and migrant summer schools.

Biggest success of funds are on focusing on Kindergarten readiness and summer school growth.

  • In Oregon, Migrant students receive:

    • 24 hour accident insurance;

    • free lunch/breakfast without filling out a form;

    • health services.

  • Because of free and reduced lunch, Advanced Placement and SAT test fees can be waived.

Currently, every state collects their own data regarding Migrant information. Oregon’s system is OMSIS.

There is a national data system called MSIX, (Migrant Student Information Exchange), which will help with student placement, information towards credit recovery, movement history, and health information.

The Title I-C migrant funds are to supplement the ESDs and districts. The federal guidelines are very clear that migrant students should participate and receive all the educational and support services that districts provide to all their students.

  • The migrant program should provide the “extra” educational and support services to migrant students after all other resources have been exhausted. Public Law 107-110, 1306 (b) (2)

The migrant program offers a week-long summer leadership institute to high school migrant students.

For the last four years, it has been held at OSU and included: three days of leadership training, high and low ropes course, hands-on experiences, and an understanding of college and applying to colleges.

The Title I-C program requires that Parent Advisory Committees (PACs) be involved in the 1) design, 2) implementation and 3) evaluation of the local programs in each funded area.

A State Parent Advisory Committee, (SPAC) meets to guide the State Title I-C program.

HEP (High School Equivalency Program), provide intense GED instruction and support services for migrant students who have not completed high school.

There are 44 HEP programs throughout the USA. Oregon has 3 HEP programs for migrant students.

CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program), provides intensive support services to help migrant students make the transition into college. There are 42 CAMP programs nationwide.

CAMP offers academic support, personal and career counseling, stipends, scholarships, health services, and other supports necessary to ensure that migrant students are successful. Oregon has 2 CAMP programs for migrant students.

ODE and the Portland Mexican Consulate meet regularly during the year to collaborate and share information for binational students that move back and forth between Mexico and the United States.

For students traveling to Mexico we coordinate with districts with the binational transfer document and the Apostille.

  • For students grades K-9 going back to Mexico, the binational transfer document will guarantee:

  • 1) Placement at the same grade as here in the United States,

  • 2) Students can enter the school right away and not wait till the next term, or start of the new school year;

  • 3) Students can attend the school close to their home, even if it’s crowded.

  • Students grades 10-12 need to take an Apostille. The procedure is to get their transcripts notarized.

  • Bring the transcripts to the office of Secretary of State in the Public Service Building. Pay $10 and get the Apostille.

We have a Binational Teacher Exchange where teachers come from Mexico and teach in our Summer Schools. Teachers from Oregon go to Mexico and teach ESL to the Mexican teachers teaching English.

The Mexican Consulate provides free National Mexican curriculum to Plazas Comunitarias in Oregon.

The Mexican curriculum has been aligned with the Oregon standards in the elementary grades, and the curriculum is a bit more advanced. Students can take a class in Spanish and receive credit in Oregon and in Mexico, and graduate from both.

The Oregon Migrant Program receives a small Consortium Incentive Grant to work with eight other states to use technology to support binational migrant students moving between the US and Mexico. The website is:


If time allows, follow instructions for Creative Rankings Activity.

Rank the items that migrant students go through from most difficult to easiest. Get together with another person and agree on the rankings. Then in groups of four. The activity builds empathy for our migrant students and their families.

Migrant Resources

Jonathan Fernow, Migrant Specialist, ODE


[email protected]


Office of Migrant Education, USDE