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 ensures student access to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment through providing specially designed instruction, which supports the individual and unique needs of students. 

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.

Specially Designed Instruction
In order to enable the individual student to achieve grade level content standards or close the learning gap, the delivery of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) is the core job responsibility of special education providers.  SDI consists of organized and planned evidence-based content, methodology, and/or delivery in an explicit and intentional manner which directly targets the skill deficits within data-based goals and objectives which may include social-emotional/behavioral, communication, daily living, adaptive, and core academic skills.

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.

M-STEP Student Supports and Accommodations
The M-STEP is an online assessment designed to determine how well students are mastering state standards.  The standards broadly outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared to enter the workplace, career education training, and college. 

IEP teams must identify what Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations are necessary to address student needs and document those needs on the student’s IEP. It should be noted that while it is not required for some supports to be listed on an IEP for the student to access them, if they are required to meet a student’s need based on disability, they must be documented in the IEP.

MI-Access is Michigan's alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards.  The IEP Team determines if a student should take the MI-Access (alternate assessment) or the M-STEP (general assessment) based on the students' Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) and using and Michigan Department of Education's Should My Student Take the Alternate Assessment.




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