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Special Education Acronyms


504 Plan

Provides students access to the curriculum. It is not a Special Education service.  Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis - a type of therapy that focuses on improving specific behaviors, such as social skills, communication, academics and adaptive learning skills

 

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

 

AEP

Alternative Education Program 

 

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

 

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

AI

Auditory Impairment (Interchangeable with Hearing Impairment HI)

 

APE

Adaptive PE

 

ARD

Admission Review and Dismissal – a meeting to initiate, revise and/or dismiss special education   services. 

 

AU

Autism Disorder

 

AT

Assistive Technology

 

AYP

Annual Yearly Progress

 

BIP

Behavior Intervention Plan

 

CTE

Career Technical Education

 

DAEP

Disciplinary Alternative Education Program

 

DB

Deaf Blind

 

DD

Developmental Delay

 

DP

Due Process

 

ECI

Early Childhood Intervention

 

ED

Emotional Disturbance

 

ELL

English Language Learner

 

ESC

Education Service Center

 

ESL

English as a Second Language

 

ESY

Extended School Year Services - Services provided over the summer in order to prevent regression

 

FAPE

Free and Appropriate Pubic Education – part of IDEA

 

FBA

Functional Behavior Assessment – used to create a BIP

 

FERPA

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act – protects the privacy of students' personally identifiable information (PII)

 

FIE

Full Individual Evaluation - an assessment of an individual's abilities to determine their eligibility and needs for Special Education services.

 

FVE

Functional Vision Evaluation

 

HI

Hearing Impaired (Interchangeable with Auditory Impairment AI)

 

ID

Intellectual Disability

 

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004

 

IEE

Independent Educational Evaluation – not a school district evaluation, but can be at public expense 

 

IEP

Individualized Education Plan (created in the ARD meeting)

 

LEA

Local Education Agency

 

LEP

Limited English Proficiency

 

LRE

Least Restrictive Environment

 

LSSP 

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

 

LVE

Low Vision Evaluation

 

MD

Multiple Disabilities

 

MDR

Manifestation Determination Review - a process, required by the Individuals With  Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), conducted when considering the exclusion of a student with a disability that constitutes a change of placement.

 

NCLB

No Child Left Behind

 

O&M

Orientation and Mobility

 

OCR

US Office for Civil Rights

 

OHI

Other Health Impairment

 

OI 

Orthopedic Impairment

 

OSEP

Office of Special Education Programs (US DEPT. Of ED)

 

OSERS

Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services

 

OT

Occupational Therapy

 

PBIS

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports

 

PEIMS

Public Education Information Management System

 

PLAAFP

Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance

 

PPCD

Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

 

PT

Physical Therapy

 

RDSPD

Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

 

REED

Review of Existing Evaluation Data

 

SEA

State Education Data

 

SHARS

School Health and Related Services (Medicaid)

 

SLD/LD

Specific Learning Disability

 

SI/SLI

Speech Impairment/Speech Language Impairment

 

SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

 

SSI

Student Success Initiative

 

STAAR

State of Texas Assessment  of Academic Readiness 

 

STAAR-Alt

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness - Alternate

 

STAAR EOC

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness - End of Course

 

TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury

 

TBVI

Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

TELPAS

Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System

 

TEA

Texas Education Agency

 

TEKS

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

 

TSBVI

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

TSD

Texas School for the Deaf

 

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

 

TWC

Texas Workforce Commission

 

VI 

Visual Impairment

 

VR

Vocational Rehabilitation