Frequently Used Education Acronyms/Terms in Special Education

ADDAttention Deficit Disorder
ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AODAAlcohol and Other Drug Abuse
APRAnnual Performance Report
ARRAAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act
also known as President Obama's Stimulus Package which provides economic assistance to the US in 2009-11
ATAssistive Technology
AYPAdequate Yearly Progress
BIPBehavior Intervention Plan
CASSCouncil of Administrators of Special Services
Formerly CAPS & CASE; A professional organization for Special Education and Pupil Services Personnel
CCDEBCounty Children with Disabilities Education Board
Formerly known as CHCEB-County Handicapped Children's Education Board
CDCognitive Disability
CIFMSContinuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System
CECCouncil for Exceptional Children
A national organization focusing on issues related to children with disabilities. There is also a state chapter.
CEISCoordinated Early Intervening Services
CESACooperative Educational Service Agency
CFRCode of Federal Regulations
CREATECulturally Responsive Education for All: Training and Enhancement
CSHCNChildren with Special Health Care Needs, DHS
CSPDComprehensive System of Personnel Development. This has been replaced by the Wisconsin Personnel Development System.
DCSDivision of Community Services, DHFS
DCTFDivision of Care and Treatment Facilities, DHFS
DD CouncilDevelopmental Disabilities Council
DHFSDepartment of Health and Family Services. Formerly the Department of Health and Social Services; as of July 2008, split into the Department of Health Services and the Department of Children and Families.
DLSDivision for Learning Support
DOCDepartment of Corrections
DPIDepartment of Public Instruction
DVRDivision of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Department of Workforce Development
EBDEmotional Behavioral Disability (formerly ED)
ECEarly Childhood
EDGAREducation Department General Administrative Regulations
EOCAEarly and Ongoing Collaboration and Assistance
This grant no longer exists, but some of the activities of this project were continued in the REACh grant.
ESYExtended School Year
FACETSFamily Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support
The Statewide Parent Training and Information Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education
FAPEFree Appropriate Public Education
FBAFunctional Behavioral Assessment
FERPAFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act
GLARRCGreat Lakes Area Regional Resource Center
Now known as the NCRRC. This is now the North Central Regional Resource Center.
GPRGeneral Program Revenue
IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act, the current federal special education law.
IEPIndividualized Education Program
LEALocal Educational Agency
In Wisconsin, school districts, DHFS, DOC, and non-district charter schools.
LPPLocal Performance Plan
LEPLimited English Proficient
LRELeast Restrictive Environment
NCLBNo Child Left Behind
This national legislation reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and has broad implications for the education of all children.
NCRRCNorth Central Regional Resource Center
Formerly known as the GLARRC.
OCROffice for Civil Rights
A part of the U. S. Department of Education responsible for enforcement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
OHIOther Health Impairment
OIOrthopedic Impairment
OSEPOffice of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education
OSERSOffice of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OTOccupational Therapy
PBISPositive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
PPSProgram Participation System
The electronic data system used to manage referrals of children from county Birth to 3 agencies to local educational agencies.
PTPhysical Therapy
PLOEPPresent Level of Educational Performance
RCCResidential Care Center (formerly known as CCI)
REAChResponsive Education for All Children initiative
READSReading Evaluation and Demonstration of Success initiative
RSNRegional Service Network
RtIResponse to Intervention
SAPSchool Age Parents
SBSSchool Based Services (A WMA Service)
SDDSignificant Developmental Delay
SEAState Educational Agency
In Wisconsin, the Department of Public Instruction.
SEPSpecial Education Plan
The SEP was a district's written plan for the provision of special education and related services, available for the public to read. See Wisconsin Statutes, section 115.77 (4). Discontinued as of July 1, 2006; replaced by the local performance plan.
SIPState Improvement Plan
The SIP was a statewide plan to improve educational outcomes of children with disabilities by focusing on collaborative partnerships, supports for learning, and quality staff. See Section 653 of the IDEA. Replaced in 2005-2006 by the SPP.
SPDGState Personnel Development Grant
The SPDG replaced the State Improvement Grant (SIG).
SLDSpecific Learning Disability (formerly just LD)
SPPState Performance Plan
The SPP replaces the SIP beginning with 2005-2006.
TBITraumatic Brain Injury
WAA-SwDWisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities
WATIWisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative
WACLDWisconsin Association for Children with Learning Disabilities
WASDAWisconsin Association of School District Administrators
WCBVIWisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
WEACWisconsin Education Association Council
WESPDHHWisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
WMAWisconsin Medical Assistance, DHS
WPDMWisconsin Personnel Development Model
WSDWisconsin School for the Deaf, Delavan
WSEMSWisconsin Special Education Mediation System
WSPEIWisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative
WSVHWisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped, Janesville

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