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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.

State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report

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.

SPP Indicators

Public Reporting

The state must publicly report special education data for each local educational agency.

Public Reporting

Significant Disproportionality

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.

Significant Disproportionality

Catamaran Technical Assistance

Catamaran is the system used by the state to promote positive outcomes and ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE). Catamaran was designed to help locals analyze and interpret data and keep track of all monitoring activities in a single location. Catamaran reflects the priorities of the IDEA and the State Performance Plan (SPP) and is aligned with the School Improvement Framework.

Catamaran Website

Student Data Privacy

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.

Student Data Privacy