Acronyms

Common Acronyms in Special Education
Commonly Used Acronyms in Special Education (This list is not totally comprehensive)

A

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

 

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

 

ADHD

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

 

AEP

Alternative Education Program

 

AEIS

Academic Excellence Indicator System – Texas State Accountability System

 

AI

Auditory Impairment

 

APE

Adapted Physical Education

 

ARD

Admission, Review and Dismissal 

 

AT

Assistive Technology 

 

AU

Autism

 

AYP

Adequate Yearly Progress – Federal Accountability System

B

BIP

Behavior Intervention Plan

C

CBI

Community Based Instruction

 

CBVI

Community Based Vocational Instruction

 

CM

Content Mastery

 

CP

Cerebral Palsy

D

DADS

Department of Aging and Disability Services

 

DARS

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services 

 

DB

Deaf Blind

 

DD

Developmental Delayed

 

DNQ

Does Not Qualify

 

DSM

Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV TR

E

ECI

Early Childhood Intervention

 

ECO

Early Childhood Outcome

 

ED

Emotional Disturbance

 

EOC

End Of Course (exam)

 

ESL or ELL

English as a Second Language or English Language Learners 

 

ESY

Extended School Year

F

FAPE

Free Appropriate Public Education

 

FBA

Functional Behavior Assessment

 

FERPA

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

 

FIE

Full Individual Evaluation

H

HLS

Home Language Survey

 

HQ

Highly Qualified

I

ID

Intellectual Disability

 

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

 

IEE

Independent Educational Evaluation

 

IEP

Individualized Education Plan

 

IQ

Intelligence Quotient

J

JJAEP

Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program

L

LD

Learning Disability

 

LRE

Least Restrictive Environment

 

LSSP

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 

M

MD

Multiple Disabilities

 

Mods

Modifications to Instruction

N

NCEC

Non-Categorical Early Childhood Disability

 

NCLB

No Child Left Behind

 

NICHY

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

O

O&M

Orientation and Mobility

 

OCR

Office of Civil Rights

 

OHI

Other Health Impairment

 

OI

Orthopedic Impairment

 

OJT

On the Job Training

 

OT

Occupational Therapy

P

PBMAS

Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System

 

PCP

Person Centered Planning

 

PDD

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism Spectrum)

 

PEIMS

Public Education Informational System

 

 

PLAAFP

Present Level of Academic, Achievement, and Functional Performance 

 

PPCD

Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

 

PS

Procedural Safeguards – Rights for Parents and Students 

 

PT

Physical Therapy

R

RDSPD

Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

 

REED

Review of Existing Evaluation Data 

 

RtI

Response to Intervention

S

SE

Supported Employment

 

SEMS

Special Education Management System 

 

SI

Speech Impairment

 

SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

 

STAAR

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness

 

STAAR-M

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness-Modified

 

STAAR-Alt

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness-Alternate

T

TAKS

Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

 

TAKS-ACC

Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills-Accommodated

 

TAKS-M

Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills-Modified

 

TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury

 

TBSI

Texas Behavior Support Initiative 

 

TCB

Texas Commission for the Blind

 

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

V

VAC

Vocational Adjustment Class

 

VI

Visual Impairment