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Common Education Acronyms/Terms in Special Education

Acroynm
Description
ADD/ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder /Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AODA
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
APR
Annual Performance Report
AT
Assistive Technology
AYP
Adequate Yearly Progress
BIP
Behavior Intervention Plan
CASS
Council of Administrators of Special Services Formerly CAPS & CASE; A professional organization for Special Education and Pupil Services Personnel
CCDEB
County Children with Disabilities Education Board Formerly known as CHCEB-County Handicapped Children's Education Board
CD
Cognitive Disability
CEC
Council for Exceptional Children. A national organization focusing on issues related to children with disabilities. There is also a state chapter.
CEIS
Coordinated Early Intervening Services
CESA
Cooperative Educational Service Agency
CFR
Code of Federal Regulations
CSHCN
Children with Special Health Care Needs, DHS
CSPD
Comprehensive System of Personnel Development. This has been replaced by the Wisconsin Personnel Development System.
DCS
Division of Community Services, DHFS
DCTF
Division of Care and Treatment Facilities, DHFS
DD Council
Developmental Disabilities Council
DHFS
Department of Health and Family Services. Formerly the Department of Health and Social Services; as of July 2008, split into the Department of Health Services and the Department of Children and Families.
DLS
Division for Learning Support.
DOC
Department of Corrections
DPI
Department of Public Instruction
DTAN
Disproportionality Technical Assistant Network
DVR
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Department of Workforce Development
EBD
Emotional Behavioral Disability (formerly ED)
EC
Early Childhood
EDGAR
Education Department General Administrative Regulations
ESY
Extended School Year
FACETS
Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support. The Statewide Parent Training and Information Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Educationr
FAPE
Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA
Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
GLARRC
Great Lakes Area Regional Resource Center. Now known as the NCRRC. This is now the North Central Regional Resource Center.
GPR
General Program Revenue
IDEA
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the current federal special education law.
IEP
Individualized Education Program
LEA
Local Educational Agency. In Wisconsin, school districts, DHFS, DOC, and non-district charter schools.
LEP
Limited English Proficient
LPP
Local Performance Plan
LRE
Least Restrictive Environment
NCLB
No Child Left Behind. This national legislation reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and has broad implications for the education of all children.
NCRRC
North Central Regional Resource Center. Formerly known as the GLARRC.
OCR
Office for Civil Rights. A part of the U. S. Department of Education responsible for enforcement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
OHI
Other Health Impairment
OI
Orthopedic Impairment
OSEP
Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education.
OSERS
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OT
Occupational Therapy
PBIS
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
PLOEP
Present Level of Educational Performances
PPS
Program Participation System. The electronic data system used to manage referrals of children from county Birth to 3 agencies to local educational agencies.
PT
Physical Therapy
RCC
Residential Care Center (formerly known as CCI)
REACh
Responsive Education for All Children initiative
RSN
Regional Service Network
RtI
Response to Intervention
SAP
School Age Parents
SBS
School Based Services (A WMA Service)
SDD
Significant Developmental Delay
SEA
State Educational Agency. In Wisconsin, the Department of Public Instruction.
SEP
Special Education Plan. The SEP was a district's written plan for the provision of special education and related services, available for the public to read. See Wisconsin Statutes, section 115.77 (4). Discontinued as of July 1, 2006; replaced by the local performance plan.
SIP
State Improvement Plan. The SIP was a statewide plan to improve educational outcomes of children with disabilities by focusing on collaborative partnerships, supports for learning, and quality staff. See Section 653 of the IDEA. Replaced in 2005-2006 by the SPP.
SLD
Specific Learning Disability (formerly just LD)
SPDG
State Personnel Development Grant. The SPDG replaced the State Improvement Grant (SIG).
SPP
State Performance Plan. The SPP replaces the SIP beginning with 2005-2006.
TBI
Traumatic Brain Injury
WAA-SwD
Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities
WACLD
Wisconsin Association for Children with Learning Disabilities.
WASDA
Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators
WCBVI
Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaireded
WEAC
Wisconsin Education Association Council
WESPDHH
Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
WMA
Wisconsin Medical Assistance, DHS
WPDM
Wisconsin Personnel Development Model
WSD
Wisconsin School for the Deaf, Delavan
WSEMS
Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System
WSPEI
Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative
WSVH
Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped, Janesville

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