Central Dauphin School District

600 Rutherford Road Harrisburg PA, 17109 • 717.545.4703

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Frequently Used Terms
Educational terms, specifically those related to special education can sometimes be overwhelming to parents and to professionals. Below is a listing of frequently used acronyms associated with special education. Parents are encouraged to ask questions during meetings if they are unsure about the meaning of an acronym.

  • (ABA) Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • (ADA) Americans with Disabilities Act
  • (ADD) Attention Deficit Disorder
  • (ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • (ALD) Assisted Listening Device
  • (APS) Approved Private School
  • (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • (ASL) American Sign Language
  • (AVTS) Area Vocational Technical School
  • (AYP) Adequate Yearly Progress
  • (BEC) Basic Education Circular
  • (BIP) Behavior Intervention Plan
  • (BSE) Bureau of Special Education
  • (CBA) Curriculum-Based Assessment
  • (CERC) Corrections Education Records Center
  • (CTC) Career and Technical Education Center
  • (DIBELS) Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills
  • (DPW) Department of Public Welfare
  • (ED) Emotional Disturbance
  • (EI) Early Intervention
  • (ELL) English Language Learners
  • (ER) Evaluation Report
  • (ESL) English as a Second Language
  • (ESOL) English for Speakers for Other Languages
  • (ESY) Extended School Year
  • (FAPE) Free Appropriate Public Education
  • (FBA) Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • (FERPA) Family Educational Rights Privacy Act
  • (IDEA) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • (IEE) Independent Educational Evaluation
  • (IEP) Individualized Education Program
  • (LEA) Local Educational Agency
  • (LEP) Limited English Proficiency
  • (LRE) Least Restrictive Environment
  • (MA) Medical Assistance
  • (MD) Multiple Disabilities
  • (MDT) Multidisciplinary Team
  • (NCLB) No Child Left Behind
  • (NOREP) Notice of Recommended Educational Placement
  • (O & M) Orientation and Mobility
  • (OCD) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • (OSEP) Office of Special Education Programs
  • (OT) Occupational Therapy
  • (OVR) Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • (PASA) Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment
  • (PaTTAN) Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network
  • (PDD) Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • (PDD-NOS) Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified
  • (PDE) Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • (PSSA) Pennsylvania State System of Assessment
  • (PT) Physical Therapy
  • (RTI) Response to Intervention
  • (SBBH) School Based Behavioral Health
  • (SDI) Specially Designed Instruction
  • (SEA) State Educational Agency
  • (SLD) Specific Learning Disability
  • (STL) Short Term Loan
  • (SWPBIS) Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
  • (TBI) Traumatic Brain Injury
  • (TDD) Telecommunication Device for the Deaf
  • (TSS) Therapeutic Staff Support
  • (VI) Visual Impairment
Last Modified on September 18, 2012