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.

This system broadens monitoring from a compliance orientation to focusing on improving educational results for students with disabilities. The goal of Catamaran is to provide consistent and regular feedback to districts with regard to how they are performing in their effort to address the State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators. Depending on how a district is performing on the compliance and results SPP indicators will determine what steps may or may not be necessary to improve district performance and ultimately student performance.

The State Office of Special Education randomly monitors all local districts and Ionia County ISD programs through a General Supervision Monitoring (GSM) cycle. This ensures that the program meets the state requirements using qualified indicators to measure performance in the following selected priority areas:

  • Graduation
  • Dropout
  • Statewide Assessment
  • Suspension/Expulsion
  • Education Environment
  • Preschool Education Environment
  • Preschool Outcomes
  • Facilitated Parent Involvement
  • Disproportionate Representation – Child with a Disability
  • Disproportionate Representation – Eligibility Categories
  • Child Find
  • Early Childhood Transition
  • Secondary Transition
  • Postsecondary Outcomes

Ionia County ISD provides training and support to all local school districts, as needed and requested, in Catamaran.