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Glossary of Special Education Acronyms

Acronym Description
ABA Applied behavior analysis
ADA Americans With Disabilities Act
ADHD Attention deficit disorder
ASD Autism spectrum disorder
ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test
AT Assistive Technology
BIP Behavior Intervention plan
BYOD Bring your own device
CBM Curriculum-based measurement
CCSS Common Core State Standards
CFR U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
CLD Culturally and linguistically diverse
DD Developmental delay
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
EBP Evidence-based practice
ECE Early childhood education
ED Emotional disability (or disorder)
ELL English language learner
ESY Extended school year
FAPE Free and Appropriate Education
FBA Functional behavior assessment
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE Independent educational evaluation
IEP Individualized Education program
IT Instructional Technology
LEA Local education agency
LRE Least restrictive environment
NCLB No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
OCD Obsessive compulsive disorder
OHI Other health impairment
OSEP U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs
OT Occupational therapy
PARCC Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
PBIS Positive behavior interventions and support
PDD Pervasive developmental disorder
PLAAFP Present level of academic achievement and functional performance
PLC Professional learning communities
PLOP Present level of performance
PT Physical therapy
RC Responsive Classroom
RTI Response to intervention
SBAC Smarter Balanced Asessment Consortium
SEA State Education agency
SEAC Special education advisory committee
SLD Specific learning disability
SRSD Self-regulated strategy development
SWD Students with disabilities
SWPBIS Schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
UDL Universal Design for Learning
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