Education Acronyms

Meetings at school are often filled with acronyms, especially special education meetings. It can sometimes feel like you're speaking another language! Below is a list of some of the most common acronyms in education and what they stand for.

ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis - this is a process used by educators to analyze and change negative behaviors in young children, particularly children with Autism Spectrum disorders.
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AS -Autistic Support or Autism Spectrum
ASL - American Sign Language
AT - Assitive Technology
AYP -Adequate Yearly Progress
CBA - Curriculum Based Assessment
CBM -Curriculum Based Measurement
ED - Emotional Disturbance
ER - Evaltuation Report
ES - Emotional Support
ELL - English Language Learners
ESL - English as a Second Language
ESY - Extended School Year
FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA - Functional Behavior Assessment
FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
HI - Hearing Impairment
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP - Individualized Education Program
ID -Intellectual Disability (Formerly known as MR)
LEA - Local Education Agency
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
MA - Medical Assistance
MD - Multiple Disabilities
MDE - Multidisciplinary Evaluation
MDT - Multidisciplinary Team
MTSS -Multi-Tiered System of Supports
NOREP - Notice of Recommended Educational Placement
ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OHI - Other Health Impairment
OT - Occupational Therapy
PASA - Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment
PDD-NOS - Pervasive Developmental Disorders - Not Otherwise Specified
PDE - Pennsylvania Department of Education
PSSA - Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
PVAAS -Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System
PT - Physical Therapy
RTII -Response to Instruction and Intervention
SAS -Standards Aligned System
SDI - Specially Designed Instruction
SLD - Specific Learning Disability
SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist
SPED - Special Education
TSS - Therapeutic Support Staff
VI - Visual Impairment
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