The Saginaw Intermediate School District along with its constituent districts must follow the federal mandate of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as the state requirements under the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE). Michigan has developed Catamaran, which is designed to ensure that students and children with disabilities are serviced with appropriate educational experiences and to ensure compliance and improvement with federal mandates. Catamaran addresses both compliance and outcomes regarding students with disabilities. Under the State Performance Plan for Special Education, 20 indicators guide our local agencies as well as the Saginaw ISD to meet both the intent and mandates of the IDEA.
SPP Results Indicators
SPP Compliance Indicators
Local agencies review and analyze data to improve compliance and results of students with disabilities. At times, the Michigan Department of Education, in collaboration with the Saginaw ISD, will conduct focused monitoring activities to ensure that districts are following the legal requirements of IDEA and MARSE. Focused monitoring activities conducted by the State department ensure that the State meets the program requirements using qualifiable indicators to measure performance in the following selected priority areas:
[A] Provision of a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
[B] State exercise of general supervisory authority, including child find, effective monitoring, the use of resolution sessions, mediation, voluntary binding arbitration, and a system of transition services as defined in sections 602(34) and 637(a)(9)
[C] Disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education and related services, to the extent the representation is the result of inappropriate identification.
In addition to providing oversight and resources to guide compliance, the Saginaw Intermediate School District works with the Michigan Department of Education to conduct complaint investigations in the event that parents file a formal complaint alleging a violation of IDEA or MARSE against a local district. For information regarding the complaint process, click here
MDE Dispute Resolution Information
For additional information regarding special education compliance or the complaint process, contact David Krantz, Director of Special Education, by emailing email@example.com or calling (989) 249-8754
Technical Assistance Process
The Technical Assistance process supports the Local Education Agencies and SISD programs with professional learning and evaluating Special Education supports. The process assists schools in the improvement of best practices in special education compliance to work towards increased student outcomes.
Essentials for the TA Process include:
For more information regarding the special education technical assistance process, contact Trish Duran, Targeted Technical Assistant Provider, by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (989) 249-8715.