Dictionary of Special Education Acronyms


ADA - American with Disabilities Act of 1990
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AEIS - Academic Excellence Indicator System - Texas State Accountability System
AI - Auditory Impairment
AIM - A web Progress monitoring system based on frequent student assessment
APE -  Adapted Physical Education
ARD - Admission, Review, and Dismissal
ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
AT - Assistive Technology
ATD - Assistive Technology Devices AU Autism AYP Adequate Yearly Progress - Federal Accountability System      


BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan BMP Behavior Management Plan (General Education)
BSC - Behavior Support Center 



CATE - Career and Technology Education



DB - Deaf-Blind
DD - Developmental Delayed (not a recognized eligibility in Texas)
DIAG - Educational Diagnostician
DIBELS - The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills
DNQ - Does Not Qualify



ECI - Early Childhood Intervention
ED - Emotional Disturbance
EGL - Enrolled Grade Level
ELL - English Language Learners
ESL - English as A Second Language
ESC - Education Service Center
eSPED - Computer-Based IEP in Copperas Cove ISD
ESY - Extended School Year



FAPE  -Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA - Family Educational Right and Privacy Act
FIE  - Full and Individual Evaluation      





HLS - Home Language Survey
HQ - Highly Qualified



IDEA - Individuals w/ Disabilities Education Act
IEE - Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP - Individual Education Plan
INC - Inclusion
IQ - Intelligence Quotient


JJAEP - Juvenile Justice Alternative Educational Program 





LD - Learning Disability (same as SLD)
LEP - Limited English Proficiency
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
LSSP - Licensed Specialist in School Psychology


MD - Multiple Disabilities
MHMR - Texas Department for Mental Health - Mental Retardation
MODs - Modifications to Instruction
MR - Mental Retardation


NCEC - Non-Categorical Early Childhood
NCLB - No Child Left Behind Act of 2001



O&M - Orientation and Mobility
OI - Orthopedic Impairment
OHI - Other Health Impairment
OT - Occupational Therapy



PCMD - Pre-School Program for Children with Disabilities
PCP - Person Centered Planning
PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (not an eligibility in Texas)
PEIMS - Public Education Information System
PLAAFP - Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance
PM - Progress Monitoring
PPCD - Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities
PT - Physical Therapist


RDSPD - Regional Day School Program for the Deaf
RtI - Response to Intervention
REED - Review of Existing Evaluation Data



SBOE - State Board of Education
SLP - Speech Language Pathologist
SI - Speech Impairment
SLD - Specific Learning Disability (Same as LD)
STAAR - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
STAAR-Accom - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Accommodated
STAAR-Alt - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness - Alternative Test
SPED - Special Education or Special Education Department



TAKS - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
TAKS-Accom - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Accommodated
TAKS-ALT - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills - Alternative Test (Alternative assessment for Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities)
TAKS-M - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills -Modified (Alternative assessment for students with Persistent Academic Difficulties)
TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
TBSI - Texas Behavior Support Initiative
TCB - Texas Commission for the Blind
TEA - Texas Education Agency
TEKS - Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
TPRI - Texas Primary Reading Inventory
TSBVI - Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
TSD - Texas School for the Deaf



VAC - Vocational Adjustment Class
VI - Visual Impairment