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


  1. Log into Catamaran.
  2. Locate the District Justification Form activity on the Tasks Overview. Click on the District Justification Form 2019-20 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, click Search in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Select Policy as the primary filter. Then, select Justification Form District 19-20 as the secondary filter. Click Search to receive applicable results.

Complete the District Justification Form

  1. From the activity menu, click on the District Justification Form This will take you to the Data Table portion of the District Justification Form.
district form menu
  1. Input the alternate assessment data into the data table and click Complete Data Table. If any of the Spring 2019 Participation Rate data is 1.1 or higher, an additional 7-8 pages will need to be completed. If all Spring 2019 Participation Rate data is at or below 1.0, the District Justification Form is complete.
Complete Data Table Button
  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. Click Submit to ISD. The ISD Director will review the work and either accept the submission or return it for modifications. District Directors will receive a notification when it is accepted. Districts Directors will also receive a notification if the work has been returned for modifications – comments will be included in this case.
submit to isd button
  1. When all member district data is accepted, the ISD Director will complete and submit the ISD Summary Justification Form to MDE.