Data and Reporting
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states and local educational agencies (LEAs) to collect and report on their special education data. The OSE is responsible for publicly reporting the special education data.
Catamaran is the system used to track activities and data related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE) for the Michigan Department of Education Offices of Special Education and Early Childhood Development and Family Education. Catamaran is designed to support districts and service areas in meeting their obligations of the IDEA, the MARSE, and state-identified priorities.
Each state must have a State Performance Plan (SPP) in place. The plan describes and evaluates the state’s efforts to implement the requirements of the IDEA Part B and includes 17 special education indicators that help measure compliance. States must report annually on their performance on the targets identified in the SPP through an Annual Performance Report (APR). The APR provides the most recent data for each indicator and describes how the state will address each indicator going forward. The state submits the APR to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) each February.
The OSEP developed 17 state performance plan indicators to measure how well each state and territory are meeting the requirements and purposes of the IDEA.
The state must publicly report special education data for each LEA.
Significant Disproportionality is a federal requirement of the IDEA to ensure students are not over-represented by race and/or ethnicity in special education with regard to identification, discipline, and/or educational placement.
Public Act 367 of 2016, Protection of Pupil Privacy, requires that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) post on their websites a notice of the information collected for a pupil’s education records, including an inventory of all pupil data elements and a description of each pupil data element.