Continuous Improvement & Monitoring System

The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, local districts and public school academies must comply with the procedures of the Michigan Continuous Improvement Monitoring System (CIMS). This system broadens monitoring from a compliance orientation to focusing on improving educational results for students with disabilities. The goal of CIMS is to assist districts and agencies to better understand the operation and effectiveness of programs for students with disabilities and develop plans for targeted use of their resources. CIMS supports services providers in accessing and improving service design and delivery. The Ultimate goal is to improve performance and outcomes for all students and their families.

The CIMS has three components:

1. Service Provider Self-Review
2. Verification
3. Focused Monitoring.

All LEA's and PSA's will complete the service provider self review process on a three year cycle.

The State Department of Special Education Management Services randomly monitors all local districts and Ottawa Area ISD programs through a focused monitoring cycle. This ensures that the State meets the program requirements using qualified 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.

The State Monitoring Model determines the items to be audited. Other item specified in the Ottawa Area ISD Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services Plan are also included.

Ottawa Area ISD provides training and support to all local school districts and public school academies in the newly created CIMS. Go to the link below for more information on CIMS.


Special Education Law - Michigan Department of Education

Continuous Improvement & Monitoring System (CIMS)

Procedures for Michigan's Continuous Improvement & Monitoring System CIMS