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.................
CMA..................
CSTs..................
ELL...................
ESY...................
FAPE..................
IEP....................
IFSP...................
LEA...................
LRE...................
NPA...................
RTI....................
SELPA................
SST...................
STAR..................

California Alternate Performance Assessment(alternate STAR assessment)
California Modified Assessment(alternate STAR assessment - Grades 3 through 11)
California Standards Tests(yearly testing for all students Grades 2 through 11)
English Language Learner
Extended School Year(Special Education Summer School)
Free, Appropriate Public Education
Individualized Education Program
Individual Family Service Plan
Local Education Agency(for example, Portola Valley School District)
Least Restrictive Environment
Non-Public Agency(for example, a private school)
Response to Intervention
Special Education Local Plan Area(for example, San Mateo County Local Plan Area)
Student Study Team
Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

Eligibility Criteriaand Disability Information

ADHD.................
APD...................
ASD...................
ED....................
HH....................
ID.....................
MD....................
OHI...................
OI.....................
PDD-NOS.............
SLD...................
SLI....................
TBI....................
VI.....................

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Auditory Processing Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Emotional Disturbance
Hard of Hearing
Intellectual Disability
Multiple Disability
Other Health Impaired
Orthopedic Impairment
Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified
Specific Learning Disability
Speech and Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment

 
Dictionary of Special Education Terms