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Migrant Status

Migrant Status: WISEdata

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Migrant Status is an indication of whether or not a student is a migrant student. Districts must have records on file verifying the student's federal eligibility.


A child is eligible for the Migrant Education Program (MEP) (and thereby eligible to receive MEP services) if the child:

  1. Meets the definition of “migratory child” in section 1309(3) of the ESEA,[1] and is an “eligible child” as the term is used in section 1115(c)(1)(A) of the ESEA and 34 C.F.R. § 200.103; and
  2. Has the basis for the State’s determination that the child is a “migratory child” properly recorded on the national Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

Eligibility determination is made by a Wisconsin state migrant recruiter during a face-to-face family interview.

Confirm migrant status or verify a federal certification of eligibility.

Migratory child eligibility is active for 36 months. It is possible the student was certified in another school district and is now enrolled in your district. To confirm migrant status or verify a federal certification of eligibility, please contact the Wisconsin Migrant Education Program staff at (608) 266-9629. See the federal definition of "migratory child" as contained in the ESSA sec.1309 (2). Go to the Non-Regulatory Guidance document Chapters II and III for a more complete version of this definition.

Your district has migratory students but no certification is confirmed.

If you believe your district has migratory students but no certification is confirmed, contact Wisconsin Migrant Education Program staff at (608) 266-9629 to set up a face-to-face family interview with a Wisconsin state migrant recruiter to determine eligibility.

Migrant Status is required for all WISEdata collection records for all grades.

Migrant Status is required for all WISEdata collection records for all grades. If the student has a confirmed migrant status, districts need to submit this information to WISEdata. When a district submits migrant information to WISEdata because the student has a current migrant eligibility certification, a Migrant value will display as a characteristic in the Student Details section of WISEdata. If no migrant information is submitted, it's assumed to be a No value, and nothing will display in WISEdata for Migrant Status. These will be the values used for the WISEdata snapshots throughout the school year.

If, during the school year, a student transfers from District A to District B and the student’s migrant status changes (District A = not migrant; District B= migrant), the student’s current status will display for District A, not the previous value.

USES: This data element is used for disaggregated reporting of statewide assessment data, dropouts, and high school completers as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Migrant Status is included in Pre-ID files for the WSAS and the DPI-approved English language proficiency test (i.e., ACCESS for ELLs).

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Demographic, All      *Note, all data elements flow into WISEdata at all times, not only during specified collection snapshots.

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Related Validations & Data Elements

WISEid, Student Name                                                                                                                                                                                            

FAQS, Details, and Points to Note


  1. Date Determination: WISE Migrant Status is reported as of a specific collection date, for example, the snapshot count date Third Friday of September. Codes provided should be based on the most accurate information available about the student's status on that date.
  2. Certified Eligibility: Multiple children in a household can be certified and may be attending different schools within the district.
    • This Certificate of Eligibility format was updated July 1, 2017, to comply with the new ESSA law
  3. Potential Migrant Student: If you suspect that a student should have a migrant status but does not yet have a federal certification record, the family must have an interview with a state migrant recruiter. Please contact DPI Migrant staff at (608) 266-9629 for more information about identifying a migrant student and the process of obtaining certification.
  4. Free and Reduced Lunch: All certified migrant students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.
  5. Migrant Student Moves: In the event a migrant student, moves for a qualifying work-related move, a new certificate must be issued with a new Qualifying Arrival Date and a new 36-month term. If the student moves to a new school or district within Wisconsin that was not related to work, the new district can request a copy of the current certification.
  6. Questions: Questions about Migrant Status not addressed on this web page should be referred to Wisconsin Migrant Education Program staff.


See also:

Title I Migrant Education

Chapter II of the Non-Regulatory Guidance for the Title I, Part C Education of Migratory Children (March 2017)

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