This resource is intended to outline the Monitoring Review activity for districts. Monitoring Reviews may be on-site or virtual and closely resembles the Focused Monitoring activity of years past with a few updates. Monitoring Reviews may result in a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) or Student Level Corrective Action Plan (SLCAP).

For more information about how to prepare for a review activity, please access the How to Prepare for a Monitoring Review resource on the District Monitoring Resources page.

Access the Activity

  1. Log in to Catamaran
  2. Access the Monitoring Review activity on your Tasks Overview on the front page
  3. Click on the Activity link
2. Access the Monitoring Review activity on your Tasks Overview on the front page 3. Click on the Activity link

View Monitoring Documents

Click the Monitoring Documents link in the Resource box to view the Notification Letter from the Office of Special Education (OSE) and the student list.

Click the Monitoring Documents link in the Resource box to view the Notification Letter from the Office of Special Education (OSE) and the student list.

Upload Procedures

What is a procedure?

  • Written document that may provide the who, what, and when of an activity
  • For Identification, the procedure may be a narrative document that describes what happens when a request for special education evaluation is received. It may be a flow chart that provides timelines for what if situations.
  • For discipline, it may be a description the steps used when determining a change of placement. It may be a step by step list of whom to contact when a student with an IEP is being suspended.
  1. From the Monitoring Review Menu, choose the District Upload link to access the page
  2. On the District Upload page, upload the written related district procedures as requested by the OSE using the Browse
Note: Districts may upload more than one document by clicking the red plus sign to add another Browse button.
  1. If your district does not have written procedures, click the Not Available box at the bottom of the page to certify that they are unavailable.
Note: If the district does not have written procedures, OSE may contact the district to request that the district complete a questionnaire about the district’s policies, practices, and procedures.
  1. Click Save or Save/Next to confirm and save your upload.
4. From the Monitoring Review Menu, choose the District Upload link to access the page 5. On the District Upload page, upload the written related district procedures as requested by the OSE using the Browse button. 6. If your district does not have written procedures, click the Not Available box at the bottom of the page to certify that they are unavailable. 7. Click Save or Save/Next to confirm and save your upload.

Verify Current Students

Districts will receive a list of no more than 20 students to verify.

  1. From the Monitoring Menu, click the District Student Selection link to access the page
  2. Review the student list and verify which students are currently enrolled in your district by clicking the box next to their name
  3. Click Save to come back to your work or Verified Students to submit your verified student list.

The OSE will review this verified student list and select up to 8 students for additional review.

8. From the Monitoring Menu, click the District Student Selection link to access the page 9. Review the student list and verify which students are currently enrolled in your district by clicking the box next to their name 10. Click Save to come back to your work or Verified Students to submit your verified student list.

Student Documentation

  • Districts will be responsible for preparing and/or uploading requested documentation as needed for up to 8 students.
  • Documents may include:
    • Discipline data for student
    • Attendance report
    • Pattern of removals
    • IEP
    • Notice of an offer of a FAPE
    • Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
    • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
    • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), if applicable
    • Documentation that Procedural Safeguards were provided to parent
    • FAPE services log
    • Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED)
    • Evaluation Reports
    • Initial evaluation documents including:
    • Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) report
    • Other documents as requested

Virtual Monitoring Review: Upload Documents

After review of the verified students, the OSE will select up to 8 student records from the confirmed student list. You will receive a notification from Catamaran when this has been completed and you will see the activity on your Tasks Overview.

  1. Access the activity from your Tasks Overview and click on the Activity It will be at the status, Student Records and Procedures Required.
  2. Visit the Student Documentation page to upload the requested documentation for each student that has been selected.
  3. Use the Browse button and upload the requested documentation.
  4. Use the drop-down menu to toggle between available students. Complete the Student Documentation page for each student.
11. Access the activity from your Tasks Overview and click on the Activity link. It will be at the status, Student Records and Procedures Required. 12. Visit the Student Documentation page to upload the requested documentation for each student that has been selected. 13. Use the Browse button and upload the requested documentation. 14. Use the drop-down menu to toggle between available students. Complete the Student Documentation page for each student.

On-site Monitoring Review: Prepare Documents

After review of the verified students, the OSE will select up to 8 student records from the confirmed student list to review at the on-site Monitoring Review. The MDE will communicate to the district what students they have selected for this additional review. Please make these records available on the day of the on-site Monitoring Review.

Note: You may also choose the MDE Student Selection page from the Monitoring Review Menu to see a list of the selected students.
Note: You may also choose the MDE Student Selection page from the Monitoring Review Menu to see a list of the selected students.

What's Next?

Engage in Interviews and/or On-site Monitoring Reviews

  • The ISDs will schedule interviews with participating districts as appropriate and summarize the interviews in Catamaran.
  • If participating in an on-site Monitoring Review, the OSE will organize the details of the on-site Monitoring review with the district.
  • The OSE will review each student’s record and accompanying documentation either virtually or in person at the on-site Monitoring Review.
  • A Preliminary Summary will be issued to the Superintendent and Special Education Administrator at the end of an on-site Monitoring Review. This Preliminary Summary will also be available in Catamaran in the activity.

Correct Non-compliance

If non-compliance is found, the finding(s) will be issued in the next major Catamaran release (September, January and May are major Catamaran releases).

If any SLCAPs are issued, they will be issued at the end of the virtual or on-site Monitoring Review.

Note: The Corrective Action process for Monitoring Reviews will be the same as the Focused Monitoring Corrective Action process.

For more information about Monitoring Review Corrective Action Plans, please access the How to Complete the Monitoring Review Corrective Action Plan Process (CAP) for Districts resource on the Catamaran Training Website.