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Title I, Part C-Education of Migratory Children

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ACTION:

Notice of proposed requirements and minimum data elements for a electronic system of records transfer and request for comment.

SUMMARY:

We announce proposed requirements for the minimum data elements that a State must collect and maintain for the purpose of electronically exchanging, among the States and their schools and local educational agencies, educational and health information for all migratory students.

DATES:

Please send your comments on or before Monday, July 8, 2002.

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ADDRESSES:

Please address your comments to Alex Goniprow, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, using one of the following methods:

1. Internet. We encourage you to send your comments through the Internet to the following address: alex.goniprow@ed.gov. You should use the term Minimum Data Elements in the subject line of your electronic message.

2. Fax Machine. You may also submit your comments by fax at (202) 205-0089.

3. Surface Mail. You may submit your comments via surface mail addressed to: Alex Goniprow, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E333, Washington, DC 20202-6400.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Alex Goniprow, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E333, Washington, DC 20202-6400. Telephone (202) 260-1205.

Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person identified in the preceding paragraph.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The children of migratory agricultural workers and migratory fishers present unique challenges for educators and our Nation's schools. Migratory workers travel from community to community in search of temporary and seasonal work. Given the nature of their employment, migratory workers and their families often settle in a single community for a short period of time. One consequence of this lifestyle and mobility is that the children of migratory workers often enter new schools without adequate, and in many cases any, documentation of their educational and health history.

At present, no national system exists to support the timely transfer of migratory students' educational and health information. For school-aged migratory children, this lack of educational and health information may cause delays in receiving needed services, lead to inappropriate classroom and course placements, complicate the accrual of high school course credits, and result in duplicated services, such as multiple assessments and immunizations.

It is widely believed that educators could better serve migratory children if basic information on prior schooling was more readily available. Most States currently have electronic data bases that include migrant student records. Yet, these data bases are not able to share information on a national basis, nor do they contain even all of the basic information that schools need to make the best decisions about the education of migratory children.

Background

Section 1308 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Public Law 107-110, substantially revises requirements in Title I, Part C for the Migrant Education Program (MEP) that govern the interstate transfer of migrant student education and health records. In particular, section 1308(b)(1) requires the Secretary to assist the States in developing effective methods for the electronic interstate transfer of migrant student records. Section 1308(b)(2) requires the Secretary, in consultation with the States, to ensure that migrant student record systems used by the States are linked so that States may electronically exchange health and educational information regarding all migratory students. This provision also requires the Secretary to—

1. Consult with States regarding (a) The minimum data elements that each State receiving MEP funds would have to collect and maintain, and (b) the requirements the Department would establish for immediate electronic access to this information, and then

2. Publish a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on these proposed data elements, and proposed requirements States would meet for immediate access to these data elements.

The remainder of this notice describes the Department's proposal for required data elements and procedures that States would implement for immediate electronic access of an interstate system of records transfer. As explained in the following discussion, the proposal was developed by a group of local and State practitioners with the support and encouragement of the Department's Office of Migrant Education (OME). While the proposal reflects our best thinking to date on what the requirements of this electronic data system would be, we want to receive the reactions of State and local educators, including MEP staff and administrators, as well as the general public, to this proposal, as well as specific recommendations for how it can be improved. Please refer to the “Invitation to Comment” section of this notice for instructions on how to provide your comments.

Finally we note that ESEA section 9531 expressly exempts section 1308(b) from the general prohibition that nothing in the ESEA “shall be construed to authorize the development of a nationwide database of personally identifiable information on individuals involved in studies or other collections of data” under the ESEA. In addition, the Department will not have access to the personally identifiable migrant student education and health records contained in the database that is the subject of ESEA section 1308(b) and this notice.

Development of This Proposal

In the spring of 1999, over a year before enactment of NCLB, the Department began consulting with States on the development of minimum data elements that should be included in any subsequently created, electronic migrant student records system. As a first step, it asked a group of State MEP program directors to develop a set of principles to guide the effort to improve access to migrant student records. The group recommended a set of nine guiding principles, which all State MEP directors adopted in June 1999.

The Department then asked a group of migrant education practitioners to develop and recommend a set of minimum data elements that, based on these principles, seemed essential to exchanging migratory students' education and health data. Focusing on interstate secondary migratory students, this working group first established the key users and uses of migrant student data. It identified guidance counselors, school registrars, and migrant education specialists as the primary users of these data, and concluded that they needed these data for purposes of “enrollment,” “placement,” and “academic counseling.” In particular, these individuals would need the data to ensure:

(1) Timely and efficient enrollment of migratory students in a school in the community in which the children reside;

(2) Proper placement of migratory students into courses and programs at the appropriate grade level; and

(3) Provision of academic counseling that helps migratory students to complete courses and accrue credits that they need to graduate from high school.

Over the course of its meetings between April and September 2000, the working group then developed a preliminary set of minimum data elements needed to accomplish these three tasks. To the extent possible, the working group aligned these preliminary data elements and definitions with terms and definitions recommended in the “Student Data Start Printed Page 36864Handbook for Elementary, Secondary, and Early Childhood Education,” which the Department's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) had developed.

Finally, the working group proposed a set of deadlines for the submission and entry of the minimum data elements into State electronic migrant student records systems to ensure timely access to the data.

OME distributed and discussed the group's list of preliminary minimum data elements at a February 2002 meeting of MEP State directors. It also solicited questions and feedback on the proposed minimum data elements and timely access requirements during two sessions at the National Migrant Education Conference on April 8 and 9, 2002.

While the working group has focused on minimum data elements needed primarily to support the education of interstate secondary migratory children, we believe that these minimum data elements apply equally to the needs of all other migratory children, i.e., intrastate secondary migrant children, pre-school migratory children, elementary grade migratory students, and migratory youth who are not currently enrolled in school.

Proposed Minimum Data Elements for the Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program

The appendix to this notice contains the Department's proposal for the minimum data elements that all States would be required to collect and maintain for the purpose of electronically exchanging, among the States, educational and health information for all migratory students. The appendix reflects our review of the working group's proposal and our consultations to date with State MEP directors. Although data elements are listed once, a migrant student record would use a number of these elements on multiple occasions (e.g., “course title” will be used for each course in which a migratory student is enrolled).

Proposed Requirements for Immediate Electronic Access to the Minimum Data Elements

Following up on the working group's recommendation, the Department would require each State receiving Title I, Part C funds to maintain the minimum data elements in an electronic data base of student records. The Department will develop the technical specifications that these data bases and student data would need to meet in order to permit the exchange of migrant student records at a later date.

The Department proposes that, within four days of each migratory child's enrollment in a migrant education program or project, or enrollment in a school, whichever comes first, all States, would have to submit and enter into their electronic data base the data elements for that child that are used for “enrollment” and “placement” purposes. They could do so either on their own, or operating through local educational agencies or other local operating agencies. States also would be required to submit and enter data used for “academic counseling” purposes into their electronic data base within four days of a child's withdrawal from school or migrant education program or project, whichever comes first. The appendix provides information that explains which data elements would be needed for each purpose.

Enrollment and placement information must be available to schools who are receiving migratory children upon their arrival at the school door so that counselors, school registrars, and migrant education specialists can use the data to take appropriate actions and make informed decisions. Consequently, we believe that timelines for data submission and data entry like those we have proposed are absolutely critical to the successful exchange of migrant students records.

Invitation To Comment

The Secretary invites interested members of the public to comment on this proposal for: (1) The minimum data elements to be collected and maintained in the migrant student records systems used by the States, and (2) the requirements for immediate electronic access to such information.

We are interested in receiving public comment on, and reaction to, all aspects of these proposed requirements. However, in formulating your comments, we ask that you pay particular attention to the following questions:

1. Will the collection and timely sharing of the minimum data elements significantly improve enrollment, placement, and graduation support services to students? If so, how?

2. Is the set of recommended minimum data elements the “right” set of data elements for the three purposes (i.e., enrollment, placement, and graduation support)? Are any of the proposed elements unnecessary? Should any additional elements be added?

3. What will be the burden of collecting the data? Will the value of sharing the data outweigh the burden of data collection?

4. What are your suggestions for ensuring the use of the data elements by counselors and migrant specialists? What forces or factors will work to support the use of the minimum data elements? What forces or factors will hinder their use?

5. Are there ways to create linkages of migrant student record data systems that will ensure that the right information on an individual migratory student is available to school and LEA staff without assigning to each migratory student a unique migrant student record number?

6. What are your suggestions for increasing State compliance with requirements for collecting and maintaining up-to-date data elements? What are the forces and factors that will work to support the collection and maintenance of the data? What are the forces and factors that will hinder the collection and maintenance of the data?

After we have reviewed the comments received in response to this notice, we will decide what, if any, further discussion with State and local practitioners is necessary to improve these data system requirements. Before the Department issues any final requirements that govern the collection and maintenance of these data elements, the Department will (1) provide an opportunity for further public comment, and (2) advise all States of the technical specifications for the collection and maintenance of student data that their migrant student record systems will need to meet.

During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public comments about these proposed regulations in room 3E333, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-6400 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays.

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6398.

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Dated: May 22, 2002.

Susan B. Neuman,

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and, Secondary Education.

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Appendix A: Minimum Data Elements

The following table presents the proposed requirements for the minimum data elements that a State shall collect and maintain for the purpose of electronically exchanging, among the States, educational and health information for all migratory students.

The table lists the data elements by: (1) a data element identification number, (2) a code that identifies the primary user function(s) for which the data element is required, (3) the name of the data element, and (4) a data element definition.

In regard to the primary user functions for which a data element is required, the letter “E” indicates that the data element is required to help guidance counselors, school registrars, or migrant education specialists with the timely and efficient enrollment of migratory students in a school in the community in which the children currently reside. The letter “P” indicates that the data element is required to help guidance counselors or migrant education specialists with the proper placement of migratory students into courses and/or programs at the appropriate grade level. The letter “G” indicates that the data element is required to help guidance counselors or migrant education specialists with the provision of academic counseling that supports the completion of courses and the accrual of credits needed for graduation.

In addition, the data elements are grouped into one of five categories of data: (1) data elements that describe a student, (2) data elements that describe a school or project, (3) data elements that describe the student's graduation plan, (4) data elements that describe a student's course history, and (5) data elements that describe a student's assessment information.

Finally, although the data elements are listed once, a number of the data elements will be used for multiple entries in a migrant student record (e.g., “course title” will be used for each course in which a migratory student is enrolled).

Minimum Data Elements

No.Use(s)Data elementDefinition
Student Information
1ENational Student Identification NumberA unique national identification number assigned to a student.
2EState Student Identification NumberAn alternate identification number assigned to a student by a State.
3ELast Name 1Student's legal last name (paternal).
4ELast Name 2If appropriate, student's legal last name (maternal). [Note: Provides an option for a hyphenated or double last name.]
5EFirst NameA name given to a student at birth, baptism, or during another naming ceremony, or through legal change.
6EMiddle NameA secondary name given to a student at birth, baptism, or during another naming ceremony, or through legal change.
7EGenerationAn appendage, if any, used to denote a student's generation in his family (e.g., Jr., Sr., III).
8EGenderA student's gender.
01 Female.
02 Male.
9EBirth DateThe month, day, and year on which a student was born.
10EBirth Certificate FlagThe evidence by which a student's date of birth is confirmed.
01 Birth certificate—A written statement or form issued by an Office of Vital Statistics verifying the name and birth date of the child as reported by the physician attending at the birth.
02 Other official document (i.e., baptismal or church certificate, physician/hospital certificate, passport, previously verified school record, State-issued ID, driver's license).
03 Self Report—Parent or student reports age, birth date, and place of birth.
11EBirth CityThe name of the city in which the student was born.
12EBirth StateThe postal abbreviation code for a State (within the United States), Outlying Area, or State (in another country) in which a student was born.
13EBirth CountryThe name of the country in which a student was born.
14EBirth/Legal Parent 1 Last NameThe last/surname of the natural or adoptive male parent having legal responsibility for a student.
15EBirth/Legal Parent 1 First NameThe first name of the natural male parent having legal responsibility for a student.
16EBirth/Legal Parent 2 Last NameThe last/surname of the natural or adoptive female parent having legal responsibility for a student.
17EBirth/Legal Parent2 First NameThe first name of the natural or adoptive female parent having legal responsibility for a student.
18ECurrent Parent/ Guardian Last NameThe last/surname of the adult serving as the student's local guardian. [Note: Provides an option for a hyphenated or double last name.]
19ECurrent Parent/ Guardian First NameThe first name of the adult serving as the student's local guardian.
20P, GGrade LevelThe grade level in which a school/project enrolls a student.
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01 Ungraded.
02 Pre-school.
03 Kindergarten.
04 Grade 1
05 Grade 2
06 Grade 3
07 Grade 4
08 Grade 5
09 Grade 6
010 Grade 7
011 Grade 8
012 Grade 9
013 Grade 10
014 Grade 11
015 Grade 12
016 Out-of-School
21E, P, GWithdrawal DateThe month, day, year on which a student withdrew from a school or project.
22EEd Alert FlagAlert for a special need/educational condition linked with a contact person.
23EEd Alert ContactThe full, legally accepted, proper name of the contact person.
24EEd Alert PhoneThe telephone number—for a telephone—including the area and extension, if applicable.
25EMed AlertAlert for a medical/health condition
26EMed Alert DateMonth, day, and year the alert was issued
27EMed Alert ContactThe full, legally accepted, proper name of the contact person.
28EMed Alert PhoneThe telephone number—for a telephone—including the area and extension, if applicable.
29EImmunization DateThe month, day, and year on which a student receives an immunization.
30EImmunization TypeThe name of immunization that a student has received.
31QAD (Qualifying Arrival Date)The month, day, and year on which the family unit or the student (where the student is the worker) arrived at the place where the qualifying work was sought.
32QAD From CityThe name of the city in which the previous school district is located.
33QAD From StateThe postal abbreviation code for a State (within the United States) or Outlying Area in which the previous school district is located.
34QAD From CountryThe abbreviation code for a country (other than the US) area in which the previous school district is located.
35QAD To CityThe name of the city in which the new school district is located.
36QAD To StateThe postal abbreviation code for a State (within the United States) or Outlying Area in which the new school district is located.
37Residency DateThe month, day, and year on which the family unit or the student (where the student is the worker) establishes residency in a school district within a State.
38Termination DateThe month, day, and year on which the student is no longer eligible for the Migrant Education Program.
39Terminating FlagThe reason for the end of student eligibility.
01 Non-migrant status, eligibility expired
02 Graduated.
03 GED.
04 Dropout.
05 Deceased.
School/Project Information
40E, P, GSchool/Facility Identification CodeA unique national code assigned to each school, site, or facility providing educational and/or educationally-related services.
41E, P, GSchool NameThe full legally or popularly accepted name of a school (or project providing educational and/or educational-related services).
42E, P, GAddress1Line 1 of the mailing address. The street number and name or post office box number of a school's address.
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43E, P, GAddress2Line 2 of the mailing address. The building, office, department, room, suite number of a school's address.
44E, P, GAddress3Line 3 of the mailing address.
45E, P, GCityThe name of the city in which a school is located.
46E, P, GDistrictThe full legally or popularly accepted name of a local educational agency (i.e., school district or local operating agency).
47E, PStateThe postal abbreviation code for a State (within the United States) or Outlying Area in which a school or other facility is located.
48E, P, GZipThe five or nine digit zip code portion of a school or other facility's address.
49GContact NameThe full, legally accepted, proper name of the contact person.
50GContact Title/PositionThe common title or job position of the contact person (i.e., Principal, Guidance Counselor, Federal Program Coordinator, Migrant Specialist, etc).
51E, GPhoneThe number—for a telephone—including the area code and extension, if applicable. Allow for an optional alternate phone number.
52E, GFaxThe number—for a facsimile machine—including the area code and extension, if applicable. Allow for an optional alternate fax number.
53EEmailThe electronic mail (email) address of the organization or contact person.
54E, P, GEnrollment DateThe month, day, and year on which a student enrolls in a school, project, or State and is eligible to receive instructional or support services during a given session.
55PEnrollment TypeThe type of school/migrant education project in which instruction and/or support services are provided.
01 Regular School.
02 Regular Term MEP-Funded Supplemental Program.
03 Summer/Intersession MEP-Funded Project.
04 Year Round MEP-funded Project.
05 Residency Only.
56P, GDesignated School for Graduation FlagAn indicator that designates the school or facility from which a student expects to graduate and is linked with associated school or facility identification fields (i.e., district, city, state, zip code). Only one school may be designated for graduation at any one point in time.
Graduation Plan Information (Secondary Students Only)
57GGraduation YearThe year the student is projected to graduate from high school. [Provided by Designated School of Graduation].
58GType of CredentialThe type of credential that the student expects to receive in recognition of his/her completion of curricular requirements. . [Provided by Designated School of Graduation].
01 Regular diploma.
02 Certificate of attendance/completion.
03 General Educational Development (GED) credential.
04 State-specific diploma (e.g., New York Regents, Texas Minimum Program, etc.)
59GSubject Area RequirementsNumber of credits (Carnegie units) required in individual subject areas for graduation in the State from which the student is projected to graduate.
60GTestThe name of the test the student will have to pass to graduate.
61P,GSubject AreaThe name of a subject area (e.g., History, English).
Course History Information (Secondary Students Only)
62P,GCourse TitleThe name of a course (e.g., Algebra III, American History, Art I, English III, English-10).
63GCourse TypeAn indication of the general nature and difficulty of instruction provided throughout a course.
01 Regular (Default)—A course providing instruction (in a given subject matter area) that focuses primarily on general concepts for the appropriate grade level.
02 Honors—An advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements.
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03 Pre-Advanced—A course in preparation to admission to an AP Program.
Course Type (continued)04 Advanced Placement—An advanced, college-level course designed for students who achieve specific level of academic performance. Upon successful completion of the course and a standardized Advanced Placement examination, a student may receive college credit.
05 International Baccalaureate—A program of study, sponsored and designed by International Baccalaureate Organization, that leads to examinations and meets the needs of secondary students between the ages of 16 and 19 years.
06 Accepted as a high school equivalent—A secondary-level course offered at an education institution other than a secondary school (such as adult learning center or community college) or through correspondence or distance learning.
07 Not Applicable.
07 Not Applicable.
64GCourse YearCalendar year in which the course was taken.
65P, GCourse SectionThe prescribed duration of course taken.
01 Full year.
02 Section A-One of two equal segments into which the course is divided.
03 Section B-One of two equal segments into which the course is divided.
66P, GTerm TypeThe prescribed span of time that a course is provided, and in which, students are under the direction and guidance of teachers and/or an educational institution.
01 Full year.
02 Semester—A designation for the segment of a school year that is divided into two equal parts.
03 Trimester—A designation for the segment of a school year that is divided into three equal parts.
Term Type (continued)04 Quarter—A designation for the segment of a school year that is divided into four equal parts.
05 Quinmester—A designation for the segment of a school year that is divided into five equal parts.
67P, GGrade-to-dateFor courses that have NOT been completed (or credit granted), a numerical grade (percentage) of student performance for the grade-to-date that the student has completed at the time of withdrawal.
68PClock HoursFor courses that have NOT been completed (or credit granted), the number of clock hours to date that the student has completed.
69PFinal GradeFor courses that have NOT had credit granted, a final indicator of student performance in a class at the time of withdrawal as submitted by the instructor.
70PCredits GrantedThe credits granted in Carnegie units for a given course or a section of a course (e.g., 1.0, .50, .33, .25, .20).
Assessment Information
71GAssessment NameThe title or description, including a form number, if any, that identifies a particular assessment.
72GAssessment TypeThe category of an assessment based on format and content.
01 Achievement Test/State Assessment—An assessment to measure a student's present level of knowledge, skill, or competence in a specific area or subject.
02 Advanced placement test—An assessment to measure the achievement of a student in a subject matter area, taught during high school, which may qualify him or her to bypass the usual initial college class in this area and begin his or her college work in the area at a more advanced level and possibly with college credit.
Assessment Type (continued)03 Language proficiency test—An assessment used to measure a student's level of proficiency (i.e., speaking, writing, reading, and listening) in either a native language or an acquired language.
04 Exit Exam.
05 GED.
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06 Special Education Assessment.
07 Early Childhood Development Assessment.
Other.
73GAssessment DateThe month and year on which an assessment is administered.
74GAssessment ResultA score or statistical expression of the performance of a student on an assessment.
75GType of ResultThe metric in which results are presented.
01 Proficiency level.
02 Percentile rank.
03 Pass/Fail (if failed enter numerical score).
04 Normal curve equivalent.
05 Sections that have been successfully completed (e.g., GED).
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