Updated 7/22/18


ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis

ACL - Adult Community Learning

ADA - American's with Disabilities Act

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD - Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder

ADL - Activities of Daily Living

AEL- Adult Education and Literacy

AfL - Assessment for Learning

AP - Advanced Placement

ASL - American Sign Language

AT - Assistive Technology


BHS - Behavioral Health Services

BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan

BMP - Behavior Management Plan


CAC - Certification Advisory Committee

CAP/CAPD - Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CART - Computer Aided Real Time Captioning

CASE - Conceptually Accurate Signed English

CAT - Cognitive Ability Test

CBA - Curriculum Based Assessment

CBE - Competency Based Education

CC - Closed Captioning

CEC - Council for Exceptional Children

CEP - Collaborative Education Partners

CODA - Child of a Deaf Adult

COP - Community of Practice

CST - Child Study Team

CTE- Career and Technical Education


D/HH - Deaf/Hard of Hearing

DSI - Dual Sensory Impairments


EBD - Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

ED - Emotional Disability

ELA - English Language Arts

ELL - English Language Learner

ES - Elementary School

ESA - Education Service Agency

ESD - Elementary School District

ESS - Exceptional Student Services

ESSA - Every Student Succeeds Act

ESY - Extended School Year Services


FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education

FERPA - Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment


GE - General Education

GPA - Grade Point Average


HH - Hard of Hearing

HI - Hearing Impaired

HS - High School


IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE - Individual Education Evaluation

IEP - Individual Education Program

IFSP - Individual Family Support Plan

IGA - Intergovernmental Agreement

IHE - Institution of Higher Education

IL - Independent Living

ILC - Independent Living Center

IPP - Individualized Program Plan

IVEP - Individualized Vocational Education Plan


JTED - Joint Technical Education District


K-12 - Kindergarten through 12th Grade


LD - Learning Disability

LEA - Local Education Agency

LRE - Least Restrictive Environment

LSL - Listening and Spoken Language


MD - Multi-Disability

MDSSI - Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment

MET - Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team

MOU - Memorandum of Understanding

MTBS - Multi-Tier Behavior Supports

MTSS - Multi-Tier System of Supports


NAD - National Association of the Deaf

NCLB - No Child Left Behind Act

NEA- National Education Association


OCR - Office of Civil Rights of US Department of Education

OHI - Other Health Impaired

OI - Orthopedic Impairments

OSEP - Office of Special Education Programs

OSERS - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OT - Occupational Therapy/Therapist


PBiS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

PBL - Project Based Learning

PD - Professional Development

PE - Physical Education

PL - Professional Learning

PLAAFP - Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance

PLC - Professional Learning Community

PLN - Personal Learning Network

PT - Physical Therapy/Therapist


RSA - Rehabilitation Services Administration

RTI - Response to Intervention


SBE - State Board of Education

SBG - Standards Based Grading or Skills Based Grading

SCOTUS - Supreme Court of the United States

SEA- State Education Agency

SEI - Structured English Immersion

SEL - Social and Emotional Learning

SLD - Specific Learning Disability

SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist

SMART- Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely

SOP - Summary of Performance

SPED - Special Education

SPI - Superintendent of Public Instruction

SSA - Social Security Administration

SSDI - Social Security Disability Insurance

SSI - Supplemental Security Income

STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

STW - School to Work


TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury

TVI - Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments


USDOE - United States Department of Education

USFR- Uniform System of Financial Records


VI - Visual Impairment

VR - Vocational Rehabilitation


YTP - Youth Transition Project


ZPD - Zone of Proximal Development