Terms & Acronyms

Terms & Acronyms 

Do you need a guide to interpreting the "alphabet soup" of special education?  The following acronyms and definitions are provided to aid in understanding special education documents and related topics.
 

Special Education and Related Educational Terms

CAPA.................

ELL...................
ESY...................

    FAPE..................
IEP....................
LEA...................

      LRE...................
NPA...................
RTI....................
SELPA................

            SST...................

California Alternate Performance Assessment(alternate STAR assessment)
English Language Learner
Extended School Year(Special Education Summer School)

Free, Appropriate Public Education
Individualized Education Program
Local Education Agency(for example, Portola Valley School District)

Least Restrictive Environment
Non-Public Agency
Response to Intervention
Special Education Local Plan Area(for example, San Mateo County Local Plan Area)

Student Study Team

Eligibility Categories and Disability Information

ADHD.................
ASD...................
ED....................
HH....................
ID.....................
MD....................
OHI...................
OI.....................
SLD...................
SLI....................
TBI....................
VI.....................

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Emotional Disturbance
Hard of Hearing
Intellectual Disability
Multiple Disabilities
Other Health Impaired
Orthopedic Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Speech and Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment