This guide is intended for Catamaran Coordinators and explains how to complete the District Justification Form activity in Catamaran. This guide is also for ISDs operating a Center-Based Program. The Justification Forms activity allows member districts to demonstrate a thorough review of alternate assessment participation rates as found in the alternate assessment data report and detail a plan for when participation rates exceed 1%.

Before beginning the work in Catamaran, the following resources are available to assist in the process:


  1. Log into Catamaran.
  2. Locate the District Justification Form activity on the Tasks Overview. Select the District Justification Form 2021-22 Activity.
Tasks Overview
Note: If this activity has been completed, it will not show in the Tasks Overview. In this case, access the District Justification Form activity from the Search page instead. After logging into Catamaran, select Search in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Select Policy as the primary filter. Then, select Justification Form District 21-22 as the secondary filter. Choose Search to receive applicable results.

Complete the District Justification Form

  1. From the activity menu, select the District Justification Form link. This will take you to the Data Table portion of the District Justification Form.
district form menu
  1. Review the alternate assessment data in the data table and choose Acknowledge Data. If any of the Spring 2021 Participation Rate data is 1.1 or higher, an additional 7-8 pages will need to be completed. If all Spring 2021 Participation Rate data is at or below 1.0, the District Justification Form is complete.
  1. The District Justification Form is made up of seven total pages, with one additional page for districts reporting disproportionality in any subject. Complete each page and all required questions.
Note: Navigate quickly between pages of the District Justification Form by using the navigation bar on the left. Page number icons will fill in red when the page is complete.
Left Navigation Bar
  1. Choose Submit to ISD. The ISD will review the work and either accept the submission or return it for modifications. Catamaran Coordinators will receive a notification when it is accepted. Catamaran Coordinators will also receive a notification if the work has been returned for modifications – comments will be included in this case.
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  1. When all member district data is accepted, the ISD will complete and submit the ISD Summary Justification Form to MDE.