Special Education

Acronyms Used in Special Education

Initial/Acronym

Explanation

A

A B C D E F G H I L M N O P R S T U V W

ABE

Adult Basic Education

ABI

Acquired Brain Injury

ABS

Adaptive Behavior Scale

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADM

Average Daily Membership

ADR

Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADSIS

Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services

AEM

Accessible Educational Material

AIDS

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

ALC

Area Learning Centers

APR

Annual Performance Report

ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorders

ASL

American Sign Language

AT

Assistive Technology

AYP

Adequate Yearly Progress

B

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BOSA

Board of School Administrators

BOT

Board of Teaching

BVI

Blind/Visually Impaired

C

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CAP

Corrective Action Plan

CEIS

Coordinated Early Intervening Services

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CIMP

Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process (See MNCIMP and MNCIMP:SR)

CLASS

Coordinating Learner for Academics and Social Success (A Federal Setting III academic support)

CMS

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CNS

Central Nervous System

COMS

Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

CP

Cerebral Palsy

CSH

Coordinated School Health

CSPR

Consolidated State Performance Report

CT

Computed Tomography

CTIC

Community Transition Interagency Committee

CVI

Cortical / Cerebral Visual Impairment

D

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DAPE

Developmental Adaptive Physical Education

DB

Deaf-Blind

DCD

Developmental Cognitive Disabilities

DD

Developmental Delay

DHH

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

DHS

Department of Human Services

DIRS

Disciplinary Incident Reporting System

DLC

Disability Law Center

DOC

Department of Corrections

DSM

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

E

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EBD

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

EC

Early Childhood

ECFE

Early Childhood Family Education

ECSE

Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-5)

ECSU

Education Cooperative Service Unit

EDGAR

Education Department General Administrative Regulations

EDRS

Electronic Data Reporting System

EEP

Emergency Evacuation Plan

EI

Early Intervention

EL

English Learner

ER

Evaluation Report

ESEA

Elementary Secondary Education Act

ESL

English as a Second Language

ESU

Education Service Unit

ESY

Extended School Year

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F&R

Free and Reduced

FAE

Fetal Alcohol Effects

FAPE

Free Appropriate Public Education

FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FBA

Functional Behavioral Assessment

Federal Setting

Refers to the percentage of time a student spends in special education:

Federal Setting I

0-21 percent in special education

Federal Setting II

21-60 percent in special education

Federal Setting III

60 percent or more in special education

Federal Setting IV

separate special education site

Federal Setting V

public hospital, day treatment, correctional facility, etc.

FERPA

Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (The Buckley Amendment)

FFY

Federal Fiscal Year

FR

Federal Register

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

FY

Fiscal Year

G

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GED

General Education Development

GLBTQ

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning

H

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HCJC

Hennepin County Juvenile Center

HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HQ

Highly Qualified

I

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IASA

Improving Americas' Schools Act

ICC

Interagency Coordinating Council

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE

Independent Educational Evaluation

IEIC

Interagency Early Intervention Committee

IEP

Individualized Education Program

IFCSP

Individual Family Community Support Plan

IFSP

Individualized Family Service Plan

IHE

Institution of Higher Education

IHP

Individual Health Plan

IIIP

Individual Interagency Intervention Plan

IQ

Intelligence Quotient

ISD

Independent School District

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LD

Learning Disabilities

LEA

Local Educational Agency (e.g., school district, charter school, etc.)

LEP

Limited English Proficient

LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

LRE

Least Restrictive Environment

LSTA

Library Services and Technology Act

M

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MA

Medical Assistance

MAEF

Minnesota's Academic Excellence Foundation

MARSS

Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System

MCA

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment

MCIS

Minnesota Career Information System

MDE

Minnesota Department of Education

MESPA

Minnesota Elementary School Principal's Association

MH

Mental Health

MHCP

Minnesota Health Care Programs

MMR

Multiple Measurements Rating

MnCIMP

Minnesota Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process

MnCIMP:SR

Minnesota Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process: Self Review

MnSEMS

Minnesota Special Education Mediation Service

MnSIC

Minnesota System of Interagency Coordination

MNTAFS

Minnesota Technical Assistance for Family Support

MOE

Maintenance of Effort

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MS

Multiple Sclerosis

MSBA

Minnesota School Board Association

MSS

Minnesota Student Survey

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MTC

Minneapolis Technical College

MTSS

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

N

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N&D

Neglected and Delinquent

NAD

National Association of the Deaf

NAEP

National Assessment of Education Progress

NCAA

National Collegiate Athletic Association

NIMAC

National Instructional Materials Access Center

NIMAS

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard

NP

Nurse Practitioner

O

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O&M

Orientation and Mobility

OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCR

Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education)

OEO

Office of Economic Opportunity

OHD

Other Health Disabilities

OMB

Office of Management and Budget

OSEP

Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

OSERS

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, U.S. Department of Education

OT

Occupational Therapist or Therapy

P

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P&A

Protection and Advocacy

PACER

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center

Part C

Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program

PBIS

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

PCA

Personal Care Attendant

PD

Physical Disability

PDD

Pervasive Developmental Disorders

PDD/NOS

Pervasive Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified

PE

Physical Education

PFDA

Pupil Fair Dismissal Act

PI

Physically Impaired

PL

Public Law

PLAAFP

Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance

PSEO

Postsecondary Enrollment Options

PT

Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist

PTA

Parents, Teachers and Students

PTI

Pathways to Employment

PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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RDA

Results-Driven Accountability

RLIF

Regional Low Incidence Facilitator

RLIP

Regional Low Incidence Projects

RRC

Regional Resource Center

RtI

Response to Intervention

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SAT

Scholastic Assessment Test

SDFS

Safe and Drug Free Schools

SDFSC

Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities

SEA

State Educational Agency

SEAC

Special Education Advisory Council (local)

SEAP

Special Education Advisory Panel (state)

SEAU

Special Education Administrative Unit

Section 504

A federal law that protects a student with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of whether the student receives special education services.

SERVS

State Educational Record View and Submission

SIC

State Interagency Coordination Committee

SIMR

State-Identified Measurable Result

SL

Speech/Language

SLD

Specific Learning Disability

SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

SMI

Severely Multiply Impaired

SPDG

State Personnel Development Grant

SpEd or SPED

Special Education

SPP

State Performance Plan

SRBI

Scientific, Research-Based Intervention

SSA

Social Security Act; Social Security Administration

SSB

State Services for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

SSDI

Social Security Disability Income

SSI

Supplemental Security Income

SSIP

State Systemic Improvement Plan

STAR

Staff Automatic Reporting System

STD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

SW

Social Worker

SW-PBIS

Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

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TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury

TBVI

Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired

TDD

Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf

TEAE

Test of Emerging Academic English

TIES

Technology and Information Educational Services

TSES

Total Special Education System

TTY

Teletypewriter (Phone System for Deaf Individuals - see TDD)

U

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UDL

Universal Design for Learning

UEB

Unified English Braille

UFARS

Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting System

USC

United States Code

V

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VI

Visually Impaired

VR

Vocational Rehabilitation

VSA

Very Special Arts

W

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WIDA

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment

WIOA

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WISC

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

WSS

Work Sampling System