Migrant Student Information Network (MSIN)

The goal of this project is to produce the unduplicated count of migrant students in California by providing the tools, technical assistance, and training to ensure that each of the 23 Migrant Regions is entering, maintaining, uploading, and updating information needed to produce the count as required by the U.S. Department of Education.

WestEd supports each region to ensure that the data sent to the central database at our region is complete, accurate, up-to-date, and consistent with the statewide data standards. Support for planning and standardizing regional data collection and reporting for future needs is included.

As is the case in each state, the California Department of Education/Migrant Education Office is required to collect and use several types of student information for basic funding, accountability, and subgranting activities. There are unique challenges in accomplishing this for the district and school centers serving a population of more than 220,000 students.

WestEd is providing services to the California Migrant Education Office to accomplish those tasks. The latter collaborates with state, regional, and local agencies to further ensure successful outcomes.

The California Department of Education and WestEd employ the WestEd-developed Migrant Student Information Network to support California’s 23 regional offices and local centers for service to migrant students in order to:

  • Provide a mechanism for locating migrant students throughout the state by means of the Migrant Student Locator;
  • Report the unduplicated number of eligible students to the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Migrant Education;
  • Identify students; and
  • Identify students most at risk of academic failure so that funds can be targeted to services for those children.

WestEd provides the following specific services for planning and standardizing migrant data collection and reporting for current and future needs:

  • Providing local software tools for local reporting and resolution of duplicate student reporting;
  • Collecting data at the central database (MSIN server) at WestEd;
  • Initiating and maintaining statewide, unduplicated student numbering;
  • Providing technical assistance to support local staff and to correct errors in the regional databases;
  • Establishing and maintaining a help desk;
  • Consulting on data standards;
  • Producing forms, manuals, and reports; and
  • Providing training.