A Guide to Acronyms in Education

  • ADA
Americans with Disabilities Act
Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Alternative Assessment
An assessment in which students originate a response to a task. Such responses could include demonstrations, exhibits, portfolios, oral presentations, or essays.
  • AP
Advanced Placement
  • Assessment
The ongoing process of describing or gathering data about performance in order to document student progress.
  • Benchmark
A description of student knowledge expected at specific grades, ages, or developmental levels.
  • CAPD
Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  • CAPT
Connecticut Academic Performance Test
  • CSDE
Connecticut State Department of Education
  • DIP
District Improvement Plan
English Speakers of Other Language\English Language Learners
Family Educational Right and Privacy Act
  • FTE
Full-time Equivalency
  • IDEA
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • IEP
Individualized Education Program
  • LEA
Local Education Agency
  • NAEP
National Assessment of Educational Progress
National Association for the Education on Young Children
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • OHI
Other Health Impairment
  • OT
Occupational Therapy
  • PBS
Positive Behavioral Supports
  • RFP
Request for Proposals
  • SEA
State Education Agency
  • SIP
School Improvement Plan
  • SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
  • SRBI
Scientifically Researched Based Intervention
  • SRO
School Resource Officer
  • STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics