Migrant and Bilingual programs help migrant students and youth in our state meet high academic challenges by overcoming obstacles created by frequent moves, educational disruption, cultural and language differences, and health-related problems.

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Migrant Education Program

The Washington State Migrant Education Program (MEP) a federally funded program that is overseen by OSPI, regulated by Title I, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that ensures that high-quality education programs and supplemental support services are available to migratory children. OSPI's goal is to provide local educational agencies (LEAs) with guidance, financial support, program models, and more!

Bilingual Education Program

The state Transitional Bilingual Education Program (TBIP) and federal Title III address the unique needs of eligible students, who come from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Both programs share the same goal: develop language proficiency that enables meaningful access to grade level curricula and instruction.

In state law, TBIP is a program within Washington's Basic Education Act - Chapter 28A.180 RCW. The federal Title III program supports supplemental instruction and services for language acquisition.

Washington State Values Bilingual Education

The state TBIP places a strong emphasis on cultural values. Its mission - English language learners (ELL) meet state standards and develop language proficiency in an environment where language and cultural assets are recognized as valuable resources for learning.