Special Education - Acronym List

Special education and educational acronyms can be confusing. Below is a list of common acronyms that are used in special education in addition to the words that make up the acronym. You can reference the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to gain an understanding of each item.

IDEA/Special Education Acronyms, Abbreviations & Terms

IDEA Acronym

Definition

ABA

Applied Behavioral Analysis

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AE

Age Equivalent

 

APE

Adaptive Physical Education

APR

Annual Performance Report

ARRA

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

ASL

American Sign Language

AT

Assistive Technology

AYP

Adequate Yearly Progress

BD

Behavioral Disorder

BIP

Behavior Intervention Plan

CAP

Corrective Action Plan

CC

Closed Captioning

CEC

Council for Exceptional Children

 

CEIS

Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CHADD

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorders

CIFMS

Continuous Improvement Focused Monitoring System

CP

Cerebral Palsy

CPRC

Community Parent Resource Center

CSPD

Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

CSSO

Chief State School Officer

DAC

Data Accountability Center

DB

Deaf-Blind

DD

Developmental Disabilities; Developmental Delay

D/HH

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

DMS

Differentiated Monitoring and Support

EBP

Evidence-Based Practice(s)

EC

Early Childhood

ECSE

Early Childhood Special Education

ED

Department of Education

ED

Emotional Disturbance

EDEN

Education Data Exchange Network

EDFACTS

EDFacts centralizes performance data supplied by K-12 State education agencies.

EDGAR

Education Department General Administrative Regulations

EDHI

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

EHS

Early Head Start

EI

Early Intervention

EIS

Early Intervening Services

EL

English Learner

ELL

English Language Learner

ELP

Early Language Proficiency

EPSDT

Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment

ERIC

Educational Resources Information Center

ESA

Educational Service Agency

ESEA

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

ESL

English as a Second Language

ESSA

Every Student Succeeds Act

ESY

Extended School Year

FAPE

Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA

Functional Behavioral Assessment

FERPA

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FFY

Federal Fiscal Year

FICC

Federal Interagency Coordinating Council

FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

FR

Federal Register

FRC

Federal Resource Center

FVPSA

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

GEPA

General Education Provisions Act

GRADS360

A technical assistance resource and the system that states use to submit the SPP/APR

HHS

Health and Human Services

HS

Head Start

HQ

Headquarters

IAES

Interim Alternative Educational Setting

ICC

Interagency Coordinating Council

ICO

Informed Clinical Opinion

ID

Intellectual Disability

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE

Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP

Individualized Education Program

IEU

Intermediate Educational Unit

IFSP

Individualized Family Services Plan

IG

Inspector General

IHE

Institution of Higher Education

ILC

Independent Living Center

IQ

Intellectual Quotient

ISP

Individualized Service Plan

JJ

Juvenile Justice

KEA

Kindergarten Entry Assessment

LA

Lead Agency

LD

Learning Disability

LEA

Local Educational Agency

LEP

Limited English Proficiency

LICC

Local Interagency Coordinating Council

LOF

Letter of Finding

LRE

Least Restrictive Environment

MIECHV

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program

MOA

Memorandum of Agreement

MOE

Maintenance of Effort

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

MSIP

Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division

MTSS

Multi-Tiered System of Support

NAEP

National Assessment of Educational Progress

NASDSE

National Association of State Directors of Special Education

NCES

National Center for Education Statistics

NCLB

No Child Left Behind

NE

Natural Environment

NIA

Notice Inviting Applications

NIMAS

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard

NPRM

Notice of Proposed Rule Making

OAS

Office of the Assistant Secretary

OCR

Office for Civil Rights

OCTAE

Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

OD

Office of the Director

ODS

Office of the Deputy Secretary

OEL

Office of Early Learning

OELA

Office of English Language Acquisition

OESE

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

OGC

Office of the General Counsel

OHI

Other Health Impairment

OHS

Office of Head Start

OIIA

Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs

OIG

Office of Inspector General

OII

Office of Innovation and Improvement

OLCA

Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs

OMB

Office of Management and Budget

OPE

Office of Postsecondary Education

OPM

Office of Personnel Management

OS

Office of the Secretary

OSS

Office of State Support

OSEP

Office of Special Education Programs

OSERS

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OT

Occupational Therapy

P & A

Protection and Advocacy

PART B

IDEA Part B Program for children age three through 21

PART C

IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program for children birth through age 2

PBIS

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

PCC

Parent-Child Center

PD

Personnel Development

PDD NOS

Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

PDG

Preschool Development Grants

PII

Personally Identifiable Information

PT

Physical Therapy

PTI

Parent Training Information Center

PWN

Prior Written Notice

QRIS

Quality Rating and Improvement System

RBI

Routines-Based Intervention

RDA

Results Driven Accountability

RMI

Republic of the Marshall Islands

RSA

Rehabilitation Services Administration

RTI

Response to Intervention

RTP

Research to Practice Division

SAP

State Advisory Panel

SEA

State Educational Agency

SEL

Social Emotional Learning

SEPPE

Special Education Program for Pacific Entities

SICC

State Interagency Coordinating Council

SIG

State Improvement Grants

SIMR

State Identified Measurable Result

SISIP

State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center

SLD

Specific Learning Disability

SLDS

State Longitudinal Data System

SLP

Speech-language pathologist (Note: Do not use SLP for speech-language pathology)

SPDG

State Personnel Development Grant

SPOE

System Point of Entry

SPP

State Performance Plan

SSI

Supplemental Security Income

SSIP

State Systemic Improvement Plan

TA

Technical Assistance

TAC

Technical Assistance Coordination Center

TA&D

Technical Assistance and Dissemination

TDD

Telecommunication Device for the Deaf

TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury

UDL

Universal Design for Learning

UFSD

Unified School District

USC

United States Code

USD

Unified School District

VI

Visual Impairment

VR

Vocational Rehabilitation

WIOA

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act