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- Parent Resources
Information about special education for parents and families.
- Procedural Safeguards
Schools must provide notice to parents about the protections and rights for their
children with disabilities.
- MDE COVID-19 Special Education Information and Resources
- Guidance for Compliance with IDEA and the MARSE During the
This guidance document is designed to assist districts in meeting the IDEA
Part B and MARSE requirements in support of Governor Whitmer's Executive Order
- Determining a Change of Placement
The purpose of this document is to build awareness and assist districts in developing a deeper understanding of one of the most important concepts involved in discipline protections afforded to students with disabilities.
- Responding to and Counting Disciplinary Removals
This document provides guidance on counting disciplinary removals for students who are protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Eligibility and Social Maladjustment Clarification
When considering eligibility for a student who has challenging behaviors, questions often arise regarding the presence of a social maladjustment or characteristics of a social maladjustment. Multidisciplinary evaluation teams are encouraged to utilize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE) requirements for emotional impairment.
- Conducting a Manifestation Determination Review
A manifestation determination review (MDR) is an individual entitlement, for a student with an individualized education program (IEP), who has experienced a change of placement due to a violation of a district’s code of student conduct.
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2020 Public Reporting Data Available
Michigan's 2020 performance data for students with an individualized education program (IEP) are now available, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
These data provide districts and communities an opportunity to see what is working well in special education for children and students from ages 3 through 21, and to identify what aspects need improvement. Reporting areas include Graduation, Dropout, Statewide Assessment, and Parent Involvement.
- ESSA Requirement of 1% Participation Cap on Alternate Assessment
Information and justification forms.
- Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Find ways for parents and schools to problem solve about special education issues.
Find information about determining a student’s eligibility for special education programs and services.
- Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE)
The MARSE are the Michigan rules to follow when implementing special education laws.
Michigan submits a State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) to the U.S. Department of Education each year. The SPP/APR shows Michigan’s progress on each federal special education indicator and outlines the plan for the future.
- Supports for Students With Disabilities
Many offices and organizations outside of the OSE support students with disabilities. Look through the different supports for students with disabilities for help from other sources.
- Michigan Special Education Reference (MI-SER)
The MI-SER is a database of federal and state special education law and policy information and resources.
- Sign-up for Announcement from the OSE
Sign-up to receive email announcements from the Office of Special Education.