A Guide to Educational Terms


    A Layman's Guide to Educational Acronyms, Initials and Terms

    21st CCLC: 21st Century Community Learning Centers

    504 Plan: Section 504 Accommodation Plan

    3020A: Teacher Tenure Hearing

    AAHPERD: American Alliance for Health, Phys Ed, Recreation and Dance

    ACBM: Asbestos Containing Building Material

    ACT: American College Testing Assessment Program

    ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act

    ADA: Average Daily Attendance

    ADAAA: Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008

    ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder

    ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    AECT: Association for Educational Communications and Technology

    AED: Automated External Defibrillator

    AHERA: Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

    AHSEP: Alternative High School Equivalency Preparation Program

    AIDP: Attendance Improvement/Dropout Prevention

    AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

    AIS: Academic Intervention Services

    AITC: Agriculture in the Classroom Program

    ALS: Advanced Life Support

    AMO: Annual Measurable Objectives

    AOE: Approved Operating Expense (for state aid purposes)

    AP: Advanced Placement Program

    APE Adaptive Physical Education

    APPR: Annual Professional Performance Review

    APQI: Autism Program Quality Indicators

    APR: Annual Performance Report

    ASCA: American School Counselor Association

    ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorders

    ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

    ASL: American Sign Language

    AT: Assistive Technology

    ATV: All terrain vehicle

    AUP: Acceptable Use Policy

    AVI: Annual Visual Inspection

    BAN: Bond Anticipation Note

    BAU: Building Aid Units

    BCS: Building Condition Survey

    BEDS: Basic Educational Data System

    BETAC: Bilingual ESL Technical Assistance Center

    BIP: Behavioral Intervention Plan

    BMI: Body Mass Index

    BOCES: Board of Cooperative Educational Services

    BOE Board of Education

    C4E Contract for Excellence

    CAD Computer-aided Drafting for design

    CALLA Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach

    CAP Ceiling on Aid

    CAPTA Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

    CARD Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

    CBT Computer-Based Testing

    CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    CDEP Comprehensive District Education Plan

    CDL Commercial Driver's License

    CDOS NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies

    CE Calculator Expense

    CEIS Coordinated Early Intervening Services

    CFR Code of Federal Regulations

    CGI Cognitively Guided Instruction

    CHAPS Comprehensive Health and Pupil Services Team

    CHPS Collaborative for High Performance Schools

    CI&IT Curriculum Instruction and Instructional Technology

    CIN Client Identification Number

    CIO/OFT NYS Chief Information Officer/Office for Technology

    CIPA Children's Internet Protection Act

    CIR Comprehensive Information Report – nonpublic schools

    CIS NYS Curriculum and Instructional Support

    CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    CMV Commercial Motor Vehicle

    CNKC Child Nutrition Knowledge Center

    COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

    COPs Certificates of Participation

    CPB NY Consumer Protection Board

    CPI Consumer Price Index

    CPR Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

    CPS NYS Child Protective Services

    CPSE Committee on Preschool Special Education

    CREATE Computer Recycling for Education and Technology Enhancement Act

    CRP/ICF Children's Residential Project-Intermediate Care Facility

    CSC Computer Sciences Corporation

    CSCIC NY State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination

    CSD Central School District

    CSE Committee on Special Education

    CSEA Civil Service Employees Association

    CSHN Coordinated School Health Network

    CSIP Comprehensive School Improvement Plan

    CSO Chief School Officer

    CSR Class Size Reduction

    CT Consultant Teacher

    CTE Career and Technical Education

    CTEDS Career and Technical Education Data System

    CTT Collaborative Team Teaching

    DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education

    DCJS NY Division of Criminal Justice

    DCMA Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    DCS District's Computer System

    DDSO NY Developmental Disabilities Service Office

    DEC NY Department of Environmental Conservation

    DEO Designated Educational Official –for court reports

    DI Differentiated Instruction

    DIRI Documentation of Integration of Required Instruction

    DMV NYS Department of Motor Vehicles

    DOB NYS Department of Budget

    DOE US Department of Education

    DOH NYS Department of Health

    DS District Superintendent

    DSR District Safety Review

    DSS Department of Social Services

    DTC Depository Trust Company (limited purpose trust under NY Banking Law)

    EAP Employee Assistance Program

    EBALR Employee Benefit Accrued Liability Reserve

    ECP Emergency Care Plan

    ED U.S. Department of Education

    ED-1 Records Retention and Disposition Schedule for School Districts

    EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    EI Early Intervention

    EIA Elementary and Intermediate Assessment

    ELA English Language Arts

    ELL English Language Learner

    ELPPS Electronic Liberty Partnership Program System

    eMedNY Electronic Medicaid System in New York

    EMR Educable Mentally Retarded

    EMS Emergency Medical System/Services

    EPA Environmental Protection Agency

    EPE Employment Preparation Education

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    ERISA Employee Retirement Income Security Act

    ERS Employees Retirement System

    ERSS Educationally Related Support Services

    ESD/SVP Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention

    ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

    ESL English as a Second Language

    ESY Extended School Year

    ETS Educational Testing Service

    EXCEL Expanding our Children's Education and Learning

    EXP Experimental Program

    FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education

    FAS Final Average Salary

    FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment

    FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation

    FCA NYS Family Court Act

    FCC Federal Communications Commission

    FCR Final Cost Reports

    FDA US Food and Drug Administration

    FDIC Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

    FERPA Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974

    FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act

    FOIL Freedom of Information Law

    FTC Federal Trade Commission

    FTE Full Time Equivalent

    FTP File Transfer Protocol

    GAAP Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

    GAGAS Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards

    GASB Governmental Accounting Standards Board

    GED General Education Development Test

    GEPA General Education Provisions Act

    GESST Grade Eight Social Studies Test

    GEST Grade Eight Science Test

    GFSST Grade Five Social Studies Test

    GFST Grade Four Science Test

    GINA Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

    GIS Geographic Information System

    HACCP Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point

    HCI Health Care Integrator

    HCIA Health Care Integration Agency

    HCFA Federal Health Care Finance Administration now CMS

    HE NYS Office of Higher Education

    HECAT Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool

    HIPAA US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

    HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus

    HOUSSE High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation

    HPEFCS Health, Physical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences

    HPN Health Provider Network

    HPV Human Papilloma Virus

    HRL NYS Human Rights Law

    HSE High School Equivalency Diploma

    HSEP High School Equivalency Preparation Program

    HSGR High School Graduation Report

    IAES Interim Alternative Educational Setting

    IAQ Indoor Air Quality

    IBC International Building Code

    ICF/DD Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled

    ICS Incident Command System

    IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IEE Independent Educational Evaluations

    IEP Individualized Education Plan

    IHCP Individual Health Care Plan

    IHIP Individualized Home Instruction Plan

    IHO Impartial Hearing Officer

    IHP Individualized Healthcare Plan

    IHRS NYS Impartial Hearing Reporting System (public schools only)

    IMF Institution Master File (BEDS/VADIR)

    INTASC Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium

    IQ Intelligence Quotient

    IRS Internal Revenue Service

    IST Instructional Support Teams

    LAB-R Language Assessment Battery-Revised

    LAP Local Assistance Plan

    LAT Local Action Team

    LD Learning Disabled

    LDSS Local Department of Social Services

    LEA Local (Leading) Educational Agency

    LEADS Linking Employment, Academics and Disability Services

    LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Green Building Rating System)

    LEP Limited English Proficiency

    LOTE Language Other Than English

    LPN Licensed Practical Nurse

    LRE Least Restrictive Environment

    LSN Lifelong Services Network

    LUST Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

    MAT Miller Analogies Test

    MDR Manifestation Determination Review

    MDS Medicaid Data System

    MDT Multidisciplinary Team (Section 504)

    MH Multiple Handicapped

    MI Master Instructor (bus drivers)

    MMIS Medicaid Management Information System

    MPS NY Manual of Planning Standards for Educational Facilities

    MR Mentally Retarded

    MSA Mandated Services Aid (non-public schools only)

    MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet

    MST Math, Science, Technology

    MTP Model Transition Program (VESID)

    NAC Network Access Control

    NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress

    NAESP National Association of Elementary School Principals

    NAME National Alliance for Medicaid-in-Education

    NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals

    NBPTS National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

    NCLB No Child Left Behind Act

    NCSS National Council for Social Studies

    NIMAC National Instructional Materials Access Center

    NIMAS National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard

    NIMS National Incident Management System

    NLA Native Language Arts

    NLW National Language Writing Test

    NMSA National Middle School Association

    NOCTI National Occupational Competency Testing Institute

    NPI National Provider Identifier for CMS

    NSMP Nutrient Standard Menu Planner

    NTE National Teaching Examination

    NYACCE New York Association for Continuing/Community Education

    NY-CHPS NY Collaborative for High Performance Schools

    NYCRR New York Code of Rules and Regulations

    NYSAA New York State Alternate Assessment

    NYSAN NYS After School Network

    NYSASBO NYS Association of School Business Officials

    NYSCLSA NYS Council on Leadership and Student Activities

    NYSCOSS NYS Council of School Superintendents

    NYSCSS NYS Center for School Safety

    NYSED NYS Education Department

    NYSERDA NYS Energy Research and Development Agency

    NYSERS NYS Employees Retirement System

    NYSESLAT NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test

    NYSIIS NYS Immunization Information System

    NYSPHSAA NYS Public High School Athletic Association

    NYSSAC NYS School Administrators Consortium

    NYSSHSC NY Statewide School Health Services Center

    NYSSSA NYS Summer School for the Arts

    nySTART New York State Testing and Accountability Reporting Tool

    NYSTCE NYS Teacher Certification Exam

    NYSTRS NYS Teachers Retirement System

    NYSUT New York United Teachers

    OCFS NYS Office of Children and Family Services

    OCR US Office for Civil Rights

    OFT NYS Office for Teaching

    OFT NYS Office for Technology

    OGS NYS Office of General Services

    OHE NYS Office of Higher Education

    OHI Other Health Impaired

    OMIG NYS Office of the Medicaid Inspector General

    OML Open Meetings Law

    OMS NYS Office of Management Services

    ORIS NTS Office of Research and Information Systems

    OSA Examination Request System

    OSAS NYS Dept. of Health Online School Assessment Survey

    OSC NY Office of State Comptroller

    OSEP US Office of Special Education Programs

    OSERS US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    OSHA US Occupational Safety and Health Administration

    OSPRA NYS Office of School Personal Review and Accountability

    OT Occupational Therapy

    OTA Occupational Therapy Assistant

    OTC Over the counter drugs

    OTDA NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

    OTI NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives

    OWPCE NYS Office of Workforce Presentation and Continuing Education

    P-16 SED Pre-K through college initiative

    PAD Public Access Defibrillation

    PAR Program Assessment and Review

    PAR Pupil Attendance Report

    PART 100 State Regulations – mandates for education programs

    PART 200 State Regulations – mandates for students with disabilities

    PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

    PCP Phencyclidine

    PD Professional Development

    PDD-NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

    PDP Professional Development Plan

    PDS Professional Development Seminars (bus drivers)

    PERB Public Employment Relations Board

    PESH NY Public Employee Safety and Health Program

    PHI Protected Health Information (see HIPAA)

    PII Chancellor's Policy Integration and Innovation Committee

    PILOT Payments in Lieu of Taxes

    PINS Persons In Need of Supervision

    PIRP Point Insurance Reduction Program

    PL Public Law

    PNN Pesticide Neighbor Notification

    POS Point of Sale (Food Service Program)

    PPRA Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment

    PPS Pupil Personnel Services

    PPU Period of probable usefulness

    PRN “pro re nata” = dispense medication as needed

    PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test

    PSEN Pupils with Special Education Needs

    PSHSP Preschool Supportive Health Services Program

    PT Physical Therapy

    PTA Physical Therapy Assistant

    PTA Parent Teacher Association

    PTO Parent Teacher Organization

    PTSA Parent-Teacher-Student Association

    QIP Quality Improvement Process

    QZAB Qualified Zone Academy Bonds

    RCT Regents Competency Test

    RCTP Regents Competency Testing Program

    RE Regents Examinations

    REAP Rural Education Achievement Program

    RESCUE Rebuilding Schools to Uphold Education

    RFP Request for Proposal

    RHS Registration of High School

    RIC Regional Information Center

    RLIS NYS Rural and Low Income School Program

    RM Records Management

    RMO Records Management Officer

    RN Registered Nurse

    RSSC Regional School Support Center

    RSU Rate Setting Unit

    RT Recreation Therapist

    RtI Response to Intervention

    RtI-TAC Technical Assistance Center on RtI

    RWADA Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance used in computing state aid

    SA State Aid

    SAANYS School Administrator's Association of New York State

    SAE Scholarship for Academic Excellence

    SAMS State Aid Management System (public schools only)

    SAP Substance Abuse Professional

    SAR NYS Standards, Assessments and Reporting

    SARA NY State Archives and Records Administration

    SASS NYS System of Accountability for Student Success

    SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test

    SAVE Project SAVE – Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act

    SBDI School Bus Driver Instructor

    SBL School Building Leader

    SBSIOBSAAT School Bus Safety is One Bus Stop at a Time

    SCANS Secretaries Commission of Achieving Necessary Skills - federal

    SCDN Staff and Curriculum Development Network

    SCHIP State Children's Health Insurance Program

    SCR State Central Register (child abuse)

    SDC Adult Education Staff Development Consortia

    SDM Shared Decision-Making

    SDPEP School District Physical Education Plan

    SEA State Educational Agency

    SED State Education Department

    SEDCAR Strategic Evaluation Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting Unit of VESID

    SEDDAS SED Delegated Account System

    SEDL Social and Emotional Development and Learning Survey

    SEDREF SED Reference File

    SEIT Special Education Itinerant Teacher

    SEQRA State Environmental Quality Review Act

    SETRC Special Education Training Resource Center

    SEVIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System

    SHIFT Statewide Infrastructure for School Health

    SHPO State Historic Preservation Office

    SI Speech Impaired

    SICS NYS School Improvement and Community Services

    SIFE Students with Interrupted Formal Education

    SIOP Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (ELL/LEP)

    SIRS NYS Student Information Repository System

    SIT School Improvement Team

    SLATE Student Lending, Accountability, Transparency and Enforcement Act

    SLP Speech Language Pathologist

    SMI School Meals Initiative

    SNA School Nutrition Association

    SOMS NYS School Operations and Management Services

    SOP Standard Operating Procedure

    SORA Sex Offender Registration Act

    SOSHA State Occupational Safety Health Administration

    SPE Speech

    SPP State Performance Plan

    SQR School Quality Review

    SRO School Resource Officer (see SSO)

    SRO State Review Officer

    SRP Statewide Reference Point

    SRSA Small Rural School Achievement Grant

    SRT Speech Reception Threshold

    SS Social Studies

    SSE Safety-sensitive employee

    SSHSP School Supportive Health Services Program

    SSI Supplemental Security Income

    SSIP State School Immunization Program (only NYC, Rochester and Buffalo)

    SSL NYS Social Services Law

    SSO School Safety Officer (see SRO)

    STAC NYS System to Track and Account for Children

    STAR School Tax Relief Program

    STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Partnership

    STEP Science and Technology Entry Program

    SUNY State University of New York

    SURR Schools Under Registration Review

    TAPU Total Aidable Pupil Units; used in computing state aid

    TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

    TCM Targeted Case Management

    TEACH Teacher Education and Certification Help

    TMR Trainable Mentally Retarded; student with an I.Q. between 35 and 50

    TPHI Third Party Health Insurance

    TPQI Teacher/Principal Quality Initiative

    TSA US Transportation Security Administration

    TSHH Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped

    TSS Test Storage Sites

    TWPU Total Wealth Pupil Units; used in computing state aid

    UbD Understanding by Design

    UCS Unified Contract Service (VESID)

    UDO Under the direction of a SLP

    UFSD Union Free School District

    USC United States Code

    USDA United States Department of Agriculture

    USDOE United States Department of Education

    USERRA US Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

    UVIRS Uniform Violent Incident Reporting System (now VADIR)

    VADIR Violent and Disruptive Incident Report (formerly UVIRS)

    VESID NY Office of Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

    VI Visually Impaired

    VLS Virtual Learning System

    WADA Weighted Average Daily Attendance

    WIC Women, Infants and Children (part of USDA Food and Nutrition Service)

    WSC Weight Status Category

    WSP Waiver Service Provider

    WWIS What Works in Schools

    YRBS Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Last Modified on March 22, 2018