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Common Education Acronyms

Common Education Acronyms

AcronymDefinition
504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. A 504 plan is an individual education plan for a special-needs student.
ABE Adult Basic Education
ACT Prior to 1996, known as the American College Testing Program. ACT offers a college level assessment test.
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA Average Daily Attendance
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AH Auditory Handicap Services (provided by RCOE)
AIP Academic Improvement Plan
AP Advanced Placement
APE Adaptive Physical Education
API Academic Performance Index
AR Accelerated Reader™. Created by Renaissance Learning
ASB Associated Student Body
AYP Annual Yearly Progress
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
CAC Community Advisory Committee
CAHSEE California High School Exit Exam
CBE Community-based education
CBEDS California Basic Educational Data System
CCS California Children’s Services (an agency providing Occupational and Physical Therapy for children)
CDS Community Day School
CELDT California English Language Development Test
CH Communicatively Handicapped. Also referred to as Severe Language Disorder
CHSPE California High School Proficiency Exam
CMH County Mental Health
COC Citizens' Oversight Committee
CP Cerebral Palsy
CPS Child Protective Services
CRL California Reading List
CRISS Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies
CST Child Study Team
CTB Competency Testing Battery
CWA Child Welfare and Attendance
D/HH Deaf/Hard of Hearing
DAC District Advisory Committee
DARE Drug and Resistance Education
DD Developmentally Delayed
DHH Deaf and Hard of Hearing. An eligibility category
DIS Designated Instruction and Services. Also known as “related services” under federal regulations
ED Emotional Disturbance
EH Emotionally Handicapped
EL/ELL English Learner or English Language Learner
EMH Educable Mentally Handicapped
EO English Only. A designation for native English speakers
ESE Exceptional Student Education. (In some areas of the country known as EEN Exceptional Educational Needs.)
ESL English as a Second Language. Student’s native language is not English.
ELD English Language Development
ESOL English Speakers of Other Languages
ETR Evaluation Team Report
ETS Educational Testing Service
FAA Functional Analysis Assessment
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aide
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
FEP Fluent English Proficient
FEP-R Fluent English Proficient-Reclassified (students moving from EL to FEP status)
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFA Future Farmers of America
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
FY Fiscal Year
GATE Gifted and Talented Education
GED General Education Development Test (A GED Diploma may be granted if the individual passes the GED Test)
GPA Grade Point Average
GRE Graduate Records Examination
GSE Golden State Examination
HELP Hemet Education Learning Program
HI Hearing Impaired
HUSD Hemet Unified School District
IASA Improving America's Schools Act
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDEA 97 The reauthorization and revisions of IDEA made in 1997
IEP Individualized Education Plan. A legal document requires for ESE students
IEPT IEP Team
IFSP Individual Family Service Plan
II/USP Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program
IRA International Reading Association
IT Information Technology
JROTC Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
LAN/WAN Local Area Network/Wide Area Network
LD Learning Disabled
LEA Local Education Agency
LEP Limited English Proficiency. Of late, the term "English learner" is being used in parts of the country
LH Learning Handicapped (a mild handicap)
LLD Language Learning Disabilities
LRE Least-Restrictive Environment
LSH Language, Speech, and Hearing
MD Multiple Disabilities
MH Mildly Handicapped
MM Mild to Moderate handicap
MR Mental Retardation. An eligibility category
MS Multiple Sclerosis
NCLB No Child Left Behind. Individual state contracts.
NEP Non-English Proficient
NES Non-English Speaking. This term has been replaced with EL or ELL
NPS Non-Public School
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCR On Campus Retention
OHI Other Health Impairment. An eligibility category
OI Orthopedically Impaired
OT Occupational Therapy
PAC Parent Advisory Committee
PE Physical Education
PI Physically Impaired
PMH Profoundly Mentally Handicapped
PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
PT Physical Therapy
ROP Regional Occupational Program
ROTC Reserve Officers Training Corps
RSP Resource Specialist Program
SAC School Advisory Council
S&L Speech and Language
SARB School Attendance Review Board
SARC School Accountability Report Card
SASI School Administrative Student Information (School Information)
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test. Administered by the College Board
SAT-9 Stanford 9 Achievement Test
SDC Special Day Class
SDFSC Safe and Drug Free Schools & Community
SED Severely Emotionally Disabled
SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area
SH Severely Handicapped
SIP School Improvement Plan
SIS Student Information System
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLI Speech and Language Impaired
SPED Special Education
SRO School Resource Officer
SSC School Site Council
SST Student Services Team
STAR Standardized Testing and Reporting
TBI Trainable Mentally Handicapped. Also Traumatic Brain Injury.
TMH Trainable Mentally Handicapped
TUPE Tobacco-Use Prevention Education
VE Varying Exceptionalities
VH Visual Impairment. An eligibility category
VI Visually Impaired
WISC-IV Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth Edition
WJIII Woodcock-Johnson tests of Achievement – Third Edition
WTC Work Training Center