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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. A Certificate of Eligibility (COE), PI-1727 must be on file in the district verifying the student's eligibility. A "migrant student" is defined as a student who is, or whose parent/guardian is, a migratory fisher, dairy worker, or agricultural worker (including canning and meat packing), AND who in the preceding 36 months has moved from one school district to another in order for the worker to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work.

To confirm migrant status or verify a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), 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) for a more complete version of this definition.

Migrant Status is required for all WISEdata collection records for all grades. If the student has a confirmed migrant status, you should submit this information to WISEdata. If a district submits migrant information to WISEdata because the student has a current migrant certificate of eligibility, 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. Data element values are all stored at the student level and shared across districts. 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: Migrant Status is determined 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. Certificate of Eligibility: Districts must complete a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), PI-1727 to document the official migrant status of a student. The certificate will display a certificate number and Qualifying Arrival Date. This start date denotes the first day the student officially qualifies as migrant, and the migrant status will then be in effect for the next 36 months. If the student has a new work-related move, a new certificate must be issued with a new start date that overrides the old start and expiration dates. One certificate is issued per family per district. In the case of a migrant family with multiple children, there may be more than one student on a single certificate with the multiple children attending different schools within the district.
    • This Certificate of Eligibility form will be replaced by an updated version 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 Certificate of Eligibility (COE), PI-1727, the family must have an interview with a qualified migrant recruiter. Please contact DPI Migrant staff at (608) 266-9629 for more information about identifying a migrant student and the process of obtaining a certificate.
  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 Certificate of Eligibility by completing the Migrant Change of Address (MCA) PI-9559 form.
  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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