Education

SPR’s work in education research helps funders, policymakers, and practitioners make informed decisions about their investments. We have conducted evaluations all along the education pipeline—from early childhood education to postsecondary schooling and job training—and for clients ranging from the U.S. Department of Education to nonprofit organizations and foundations. Using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods, we focus on identifying effective practices, deriving lessons for future application, and clearly describing the challenges that need to be addressed.

Project Spotlight: Monterey County Office of Education, Region XVI Migrant Education Program: Comprehensive Needs Assessment

Monterey County Office of Education, Region XVI Migrant Education Program: Comprehensive Needs Assessment

SPR conducted a comprehensive needs assessment for the Migrant Education Program of Monterey County Office of Education’s Region XVI from Summer 2015 to Winter 2016. Region XVI’s Migrant Education Program (MEP), the largest in California, offers a wide array of supplemental services to migrant students and their families, with approximately four hundred programs in the 2015–16 school year alone. Consistent with federal mandate, Region XVI’s MEP services are intended to help migrant children meet state academic achievement standards and graduate from high school.

To understand Region XVI’s needs at the student and program levels, SPR engaged more than 650 stakeholders—including students, parents, Region XVI program staff and administrators, teachers, principals, school district leaders, and community partners—through surveys and interviews, working to identify the program’s priority needs, gaps in services, solutions, and indicators of progress. SPR also conducted a comprehensive analysis of student records to identify migrant students’ achievement on standardized tests as well as their graduation patterns. Much was learned over the course of the comprehensive needs assessment process, not only about the profound ways in which MEP staff and services influence the experiences of migrant students and their families, but also about the ways in which Region XVI can continue to leverage its own strengths and hone its efforts to provide meaningful support to schools and districts serving migrant students.

Learn More

Monterey County Office of Education, Region XVI Migrant Education Program website

California Department of Education, Migrant Education Program website