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List of Education Acronyms
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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.
AASA: American Association of School Administrators
ABE: Adult Basic Education
ACT: Prior to 1996, known as the American College Testing Program. ACT offers a college level assessment test.
ADA: American with Disabilities Act
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AFDC: Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AFT: American Federation of Teachers
AIP: Academic Improvement Plan
AP: Advanced Placement
AR: Accelerated Reader™. Created by Renaissance Learning
CBE: Community-based education
CP: Cerebral Palsy
CRISS: Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies
CST: Child Study Team
CTB: Competency Testing Battery
DD: Developmentally Delayed
D/HH: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
ED: Emotional Disturbance
EH: Emotionally Handicapped
EMH: Educable Mentally Handicapped
ERIC: Education Resources Information Center. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education
“to provide access to education literature and resources.”
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.
ESOL: English Speakers of Other Languages
ETR: Evaluation Team Report
ETS: Educational Testing Service
FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA: Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFA: Future Farmers of America
FTE: Full-time Equivalency Student. Student enrollment.
GED: General Education Development Test. (A GED Diploma may be granted if the individual passes the GED Test.)
GRE: Graduate Record Examination
GT: Gifted
HI: Hearing Impared
IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (This is a PDF file. You will need
Acrobat Reader to view it. If you do not have the Reader, you may download
it here for free.)
IEP: Individualized Education Plan. A legal document required for ESE students.
IFSP: Individualized Family Service Plan
IRA: International Reading Association
LD: Learning Disabled
LDA: Learning Disabilities Association
LEP: Limited English Proficiency. Of late, the term "English learner" is being used in parts of the country.
LLD: Language Learning Disabilities
LRE: Least-Restrictive Environment
MD: Multiple Disabilities
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
MS: Multiple Sclerosis
NAEA: National Art Education Association
NAESP: National Association of Elementary School Principals
NCLB: No Child Left Behind. Individual state contracts.
NCSS: National Council for the Social Studies
NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English
NCTM: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
NEA: National Education Association
NSF: National Science Foundation
NSTA: National Science Teachers Association
OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OI: Orthopedically Impaired
PI: Physically Impaired
PMH: Profoundly Mentally Handicapped
PSAT: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
PTSA Parent Teacher Student Association
PTSO Parent Teacher Student Organization
PTA: Parent Teacher Association
SAC: School Advisory Council
SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test. Administered by the College Board
SAT-9: Stanford 9 Achievement Test
SCANS: The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills
SED: Severely Emotionally Disabled
SIP: School Improvement Plan
SLI: Speech and Language Impaired
SRO: School Resource Officer
SST: Student Services Team
TBI: Trainable Mentally Handicapped. Also: Traumatic Brain Injury.
TMH: Trainable Mentally Handicapped
VE: Varying Exceptionalities
VI: Visually Impaired
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