March 5, 2010
Dear Migrant Education Regional Directors and Select County and District Superintendents:
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 requires that all students meet the state’s challenging academic standards. In California, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, has made closing the achievement gap his number one priority. Now, more than ever, it is critical that the Migrant Education Program(MEP) work with school districts to reduce the achievement gap and help create a skilled, educated workforce in the migrant community in California.
As migrant education regions and districts begin to plan their programs for next year, a research-based and strategic approach is imperative. The completion of the enclosed the 2010-11 Migrant Education Regional Application and District Service Agreement should be the culmination of a collaborative process involving key stakeholders including the regional migrant parent advisory council. The development of the regional application and district service agreement should not be an isolated task. Regions and districts will need to review and compare multiple assessment data in order to identify achievement gaps and students’ strengths. Program models and strategies must be standards-aligned and evidence-based so that resources are maximized. Ongoing monitoring of student progress is critical. The application must be aligned with the State Service Delivery Plan and demonstrate how regional and district migrant services support the attainment of the state’s performance and measurable outcomes. The application must also discuss how program evaluation will be used to improve services to migrant children. The enclosed documents include the following: 2010-11 MEP—Regional Application, 2010–11 MEP—Regional Application Checklist, 2010-11 MEP—District Service Agreement, and the MEP—District Service Agreement Checklist.
The completed 2010-11 Migrant Education Regional Application must reflect a consultative process, which results in the design of successful programs and services that will ensure that migrant students receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state standards that all children are expected to meet. The enclosed District Service Agreement should also demonstrate alignment with the Local Educational Agency Plan and support district program improvement efforts. In determining service priorities, regions, and districts must ensure that Priorities for Services students are served before serving other migrant students as required by law.
Please submit the enclosed 2010-11 Migrant Education Regional Application and District Service Agreement to:
Ernesto Ruiz, Education Administrator I
Migrant, Indian, and International Education Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4401
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Judy Delgado, American Indian Education Consultant, Migrant, Indian, and International Education Office, by phone at 916-319-0506 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For budget questions, please contact Chavela Delp, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Migrant, Indian, and International Education Office, by phone at 916-319-0609 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Deborah V.H. Sigman, Deputy Superintendent
Curriculum, Learning, and Accountability Branch