Special Education Instruction & Assessment

Kent ISD provides countywide support and technical assistance in the development, implementation, and evaluation of mandated special education programs and services. Special education refers to educational accommodations, modifications, and supports that ensure student access to a free appropriate public education.

Special education services are available to eligible students from birth through high school graduation or age 26, as appropriate. Each school district and public school academy provides special education programs and services to students with disabilities.

We also provide guidance and support to parents, teachers, and administrators in meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2016) laws. Guidelines and standardized forms are accessible on this website to help schools and parents in putting these legal requirements into educational practice.



Common Core Essential Elements
These are specific statements of the content and skills that are linked to the Common Core State Standards grade level specific expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Personal Curriculum
By offering the option of completing courses with a personal curriculum, both general education and special education students can meet the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).


Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

MDE Mi-Access
MI-Access is Michigan's alternate assessment system, designed for students with cognitive impairments whose IEP (Individualized Educational Program) Team has determined that MEAP assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. .

M-STEP Student Supports and Accommodations
This table is organized by program, and separated by:
• Universal Supports - Available to All Students
• Designated Supports - A designation made by a teacher or administrator that works with the student; does not require an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 plan.
• Accommodations - Requires designation by an IEP or Section 504 plan; must be provided.