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Special Education Abbreviation Terms A-L

ABA: Applied Behavioral Analysis
ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
APE: Adaptive Physical Education
AT: Assistive Technology
APS: Approved Private School
ARC: Association for Retarded Citizens
AS: Autistic Support
ASD: Autistic Spectrum Disorder
ASL: American Sign Language
AT: Assistive Technology
AVTS: Area Vocational Technical School
AYP: Adequate Yearly Progress
BEC: Basic Education Circular
BIP: Behavior Intervention Plan
BSC: Behavior Specialist Consultant
BSE: Bureau of Special Education
BSP: Behavior Support Program
CAO: Chief Administrative Officer
CASSP: Child & Adolescent Service System Program
CBA: Curriculum Based Assessment
CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
CHAPTER 14: Regulations of PA Board of Education Implementing IDEIA
CHAPTER 15: Regulations of PA Board of Education Implementing § 504
CLD: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
CMCI: Compliance Monitoring for Continuous Improvement
COP: Communities of Practice
CP: Cerebral Palsy
CSPD: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
CTOPP: Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing
CYS: Children and Youth Services
DAP: Developmentally Appropriate Practices
DIBELS: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills
DLP: Disabilities Law Project
DPH: Due Process Hearing
DPW: Department of Public Welfare
DIT: Discrete Trial Training
ED: Emotional Disturbance
EDGAR: Education Department General Administrative Regulations
EI: Early Intervention
EITA: Early Intervention Technical Assistance
ELC-PA: Education Law Center of PA
ELL: English Language Learner
EMR: Educable Mentally Retarded
EPSDT: Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis & Treatment
ER: Evaluation Report
ES: Emotional Support
ESEA: Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESL: English as a Second Language
ESOL: English to Speakers of Other Languages
ESY: Extended School Year
FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA: Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA: Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
FSA: Facilitated Self-Assessment
HI: Hearing Impaired
HO: Hearing Officer
IAES: Interim Alternative Educational Setting
ICC: Interagency Coordinating Council
IDEA Same as IDEIA, except when specifically referring to the:
“Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2000”
IDEIA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004
lEE: Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP: Individualized Education Program
IFSP: Individualized Family Service Plan
IGDI: Individual Growth and Development Indicators
IQ: Intelligence Quotient
IRI: Informal Reading Inventory
IS: Itinerant Support
ISSP: Instructional Support System of PA
1ST: Instructional Support Team Teacher
IT: Itinerant Teacher
IU: Intermediate Unit
JLC: Juvenile Law Center
KTEA: Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement
LD: Learning Disability
LEA: Local Educational Agency
LEP: Limited English Proficiency
LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
LS: Learning Support
LSS: Life Skills Support
LTCC: Local Transition Coordinating Council

Special Education Abbreviation Terms M-Z

MA: Medical Assistance
MARC: Montgomery County Association for Retarded Citizens
MDE: Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation
MDR: Manifestation Determination Review
MDT: Multi-Disciplinary Team
MH/MR: Mental Health / Mental Retardation
MR: Mental Retardation
NORA: Notice of Recommended Assignment
NOREP: Notice of Recommended Educational Placement
OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCR: Office for Civil Rights
ODD: Oppositional Defiant Disorder
ODR: Office for Dispute Resolution
OHI: Other Health Impairment
OMH: Office of Mental Health
OMR: Office of Mental Retardation
OSEP: Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OT: Occupational Therapy
OVR: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
PASA: Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment
PaTTAN: Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network
PE: Physical Education
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
PDD-NOS: Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified
PDE: Pennsylvania Department of Education
PEN: Parent Education Network
PHC: Pre-hearing Conference
PIAT-R: Peabody Individual Achievement Test – Revised
PILCOP: Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
PIN: Parents Involved Network
PP&A: Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy
PPVT: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
PSSA: Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
PT: Physical Therapy
PTE: Permission to Evaluate
PWN: Prior Written Notice
RR: Reevaluation Report
RTF: Residential Treatment Facility
SDI: Specially Designed Instruction
SEA: State Educational Agency
SCTN 504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
SED: Serious Emotional Disturbance
SI: Sensory Integration
SID: Sensory Integration Dysfunction
S/L: Speech and Language
SLD: Specific Learning Disability
SP: Surrogate Parent
SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI: Supplemental Security Income
ST: Speech Therapy
TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury
TMR: Trainable Mentally Retarded
TSS: Therapeutic Support Staff
WAIS-III: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Third Edition
WISC-III: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Third Edition
WISC-IV: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth Edition
WIAT: Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
WRAT: Wide Range Achievement Test
VI: Visual Impairment


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