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General Supervision

General Supervision System Overview

States are obligated under federal law to have a system of general supervision to monitor and support the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 in local education agencies (LEAs). Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education (OSE) strives to address the goals of Michigan's Top 10 Strategic Education Plan while meeting the federal obligation to develop an effective general supervision system. The general supervision system is an accountability mechanism for improving educational results and functional outcomes for children and youth with disabilities while ensuring LEAs meet program requirements of IDEA, with a particular emphasis on requirements most closely related to those improvements.

In Michigan, intermediate school districts (ISDs) are subrecipients of IDEA grant funds and, thus, serve as LEAs, with the responsibility to support member districts in improving results and ensuring program requirements are met.

The general supervision system consists of eight separate but interrelated components developed by Michigan to meet its obligation under federal law. The eight components of Michigan's system include:

  1. State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report, including the State System Improvement Plan
  2. Data on Results and Processes
  3. Integrated Monitoring Activities
  4. Policies, Procedures, and Effective Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices
  5. Professional Learning and Development and Technical Assistance
  6. Fiscal Accountability and Management
  7. Effective Dispute Resolution
  8. Improvement, Correction, Incentives, and Sanctions
8 components of Michigan's general supervision system


General Supervision Accountability System

This document describes the general supervision system, consisting of eight separate but interrelated components developed by Michigan to meets its obligation under federal law.

Area of Concern

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) directs states to ensure its general supervision system includes policies, procedures, and practices reasonably designed to consider and address areas of concern in a timely manner.

Supporting Learners and Learning

Across MDE and OSE, staff are supporting learners and learning with high expectations and flexible supports through the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).