Texas MEP Quarterly
MEP Staff Edition: June 2023 - August 2023
The June - August issue of the Texas MEP Quarterly Family Edition is now available.
If you missed the March-May Texas MEP Quarterly Staff Edition, you may access it here.
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In The Know
MSIX Move Notices
Many migratory families will soon begin their summer moves to engage in migratory work. To assist them in this process, contact your families now to discover when they will be moving and where they will be going. Create MSIX move notices for these families so that the receiving state or area of Texas is aware these families will be migrating to their locale. This coordination of services will connect our migratory families to the local MEP who can link them to potential resources and academic supports for their children.
MEP staff should also follow up on any received MSIX Move Notices for continuity of services for migratory children traveling to their area during the summer. LEAs must reply to their local ESC with the outcome within ten days. Recruiting families via MSIX Move Notices is in addition to year-round Identification and Recruitment efforts as noted in the Texas Manual for the Identification and Recruitment of Migratory Children v. 1, page 3.4.
Keep in mind that the TEA MEP has charged us with tracking the intrastate and interstate mobility of our migratory students, and MSIX is directly tied to program funding.
*HR 8472 Impact Aid Coronavirus Relief Act directs the Secretary to use the higher of these counts for allocations that would otherwise use 2019-20 data, starting with FY 2021 allocations.
What You Need to Know About the AIIMS Portal
The AIIMS Portal provides a timeline of important dates and activities for Project Districts to follow. Access a fillable version of the MEP Timeline of Activities to create a customized timeline for your district. There is also a sample MEP Activities Year-at-a-Glance document to download as well, and a sample MEP Activities Checklist by Month. The monthly checklist highlights activities by month such as:
2022-23 Data Needs Checklist
The 2022-23 Data Needs Checklist is now easily accessible on the TMEP portal under “Frequently Used Resources.” The checklist contains reporting requirements for Texas 2022-23 Annual MEP Evaluation and due dates. Shown is a sample of the document that lists the data/documents due by August 31, 2023.
Education Resources for Parents of K-12 Migratory Children
Please encourage your migratory parents to visit the Education Resources for Parents of K-12 Migratory Children portal at txmigrantk12.net.
All resources on this portal are available free of charge and can be downloaded or printed right at home. Creating an account is quick, simple, and allows immediate access to the resources.
Timeline of Events
MEP Staff TEA meetings
Coffee Hour: June 21, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2022-23 Data Needs Checklist
Evaluation Data/Documents due date: August 31, 2023
What's New: MEP Staff Spotlight
We know amazing things are happening out there in your work and we want to spotlight them here. Fill out this quick form about the amazing work they are doing and they me highlighted in next month's newsletter…
Family/Student Resources to Share
We know you have lots of things on your plate, so we've created the following messages that you can use to send to your migratory parents and families. Just copy, paste, and send.
How to check STAAR scores online
For many families, keeping up with their child's academic progress is a top priority. A helpful tool in monitoring this progress is the STAAR test, which provides valuable insight into their knowledge and skills. Fortunately, parents can now easily access their child's scores online, making it easier to stay informed about their education.
To access your child's STAAR scores online, simply visit the Texas Assessment website. From there, you can log in to the Parent Portal using your child's unique access code, which should have been provided by their school.
Once you're logged in, you'll be able to see your child's test results, including their overall score and individual performance in each subject area. This information can be valuable in helping you understand your child's academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as identifying areas where they may need additional support or resources.
If you haven't received your child's access code or are having trouble accessing their scores online, be sure to reach out to your child's school for assistance.
With the convenience of online score reporting, parents can now easily access their child's STAAR scores and use this information to support their academic success. To find out more, visit the Understanding Your Child’s Score section of the STAAR website and start exploring your child’s test results.
Summer Food Program
Summer can be a challenging time for families who rely on school meals to ensure their children are getting enough to eat. Texas has a variety of summer food programs available to help bridge the gap and ensure that children have access to healthy and nutritious meals throughout the summer months.
The Texas Hunger Initiative offers a Summer Meals program that provides free meals to children 18 and under at participating locations across the state. To find a participating location near you, visit their website and use their interactive map tool to search by ZIP Code.
In addition to the Texas Hunger Initiative, families can also turn to local food banks for assistance. The Feeding Texas website offers a directory of food banks across the state, as well as information on eligibility and how to access their services.
Migrant Education Program Support for Parents and Families
The AIIMS Parents and Families portal shares resources and information to support parents and families of children who qualify for the Texas MEP.
Whether you are preparing your child for kindergarten or graduation, this portal provides useful information to help you through the process. You can access this free site by visiting txmigrant.net and clicking the Migrant Education Program Support for Parents and Families title located on the left side of the screen.
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The TMEP Portal provides free education resources to support your child and has recently been redesigned to help streamline access to many resources that are available there. Visit the portal today to find:
A direct link to the Frequently Used Resources on the home page, allowing fast access to these common resources.
Access to current and past editions of the MEP Quarterly Newsletters.
Simplified access to information for migratory parents and families.
Check back often to find what other new updates are available.