Glossary of Special Education Acronyms


Adapted Physical Education

AU Administrative Unit
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
ADA American with Disabilities Act
ABA Applied Behavior Analysis
AAC Assistive Augmentative Communication
AT Assistive Technology
ASD  Autism Spectrum Disorder
ADA Average Daily Attendance
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
CAPA California Alternate Performance Based Assessment
CAA California Alternative Assessment
CAASP California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
CAPTAIN California Autism Professional Training and Information Network
CBEDS California Basic Educational Data System
CCS California Children Services
CCR California Code of Regulations
CDE California Department of Education
CalSTAT California Services for Technical Assistance and Training
CASEMIS California Special Education Management Information System
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CAC Community Advisory Committee
COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
COE County Office of Education
ECE  Early Childhood Education
EC Education Code
ED Emotional Disturbance
ESY Extended School Year
FIEP Facilitated IEP
FERPA Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
FRC Family Resource Center
FEP Fluent English Proficient
FM Focused Monitoring
FMTA Focused Monitoring Technical Assistance
FFH Foster Family Home
FAPE Free and Appropriate Public Education
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
GGRC Golden Gate Regional Center
HI Hearing Impairment
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation
IFSP  Individual Family Service Plan
ISP Individual Services Plan
ITP Individual Transition Plan
IEP Individualized Educational Program
IDEA Individualized with Disabilities Education Act
IA Instructional Assistant
ID Intellectual Disability
ICE Intensive Counseling Enriched class
KPI Key Performance Indicators
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
LCI Licensed Children’s Institutions
LEP Limited English Proficient
LEA Local Educational Agency
MIS Management Information System
MTU Medical Therapy Unit
NPS/NPA Non-Public Schools/Non-Public Agencies
OT/PT Occupational and Physical Therapy
OAH Office of Administrative Hearings
OCR Office of Civil Rights
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
O&M Orientation and Mobility
OI Orthopedic Impairment
OHI Other Health Impairment
QAP Quality Assurance Process
RSP Resource Specialist Program
RLA Responsible Local Agency
SBAC Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
SDC Special Day Class
SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLI Speech/Language Impairment
SEA State Educational Agency
SOP State Operated Programs
STAR State Testing and Reporting
SST Student Study Team
TDS Therapeutic Day School
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
VI Visual Impairment