Skip To Main Content

Logo Image


Logo Title

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