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Acronyms and Abbreviations
Acronyms by Department /Area 


Acronyms associated with Athletics
GADOE Georgia Department of Education
GHSA Georgia High School Association
NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association
NFHS National Federation of High Schools
OCR Office of Civil Rights  (Title IX)
 

Acronyms associated with Benefits

DFSA Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account
HDHP High Deductible Health Plan
HFSA Health Flexible Spending Account
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HRA Health Reimbursement Arrangement
SHBP State Health Benefit Plan
UHC United Healthcare
 

Acronyms associated with English to Speakers of Other Languages

ACCESSACCESS for ELLs Test; A standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains.
BICSBasic Interpersonal Communication Skills; language for social purposes, which takes from one to two years for most students to develop
CALPCognitive Academic Language Proficiency; the type of abstract language needed for academic success, this may take from five to seven years to develop.
EL MEnglish Learner “Monitored;” used to denote a student who has exited the ESOL program and is now being monitored for a two-year time period to ensure a successful transition to the mainstream program
EL YEnglish Learner “YES”; used to denote a student who is eligible to receive ESOL program services during the current school year. ELL Y indicates students who are receiving daily ESOL services, have waivered services, or are being served by the consultative model.
ELEnglish Learner; often used interchangeably with the term LEP
ESOLEnglish to Speakers of Other Languages; the instructional program that assists students in learning English that follows the requirements outlined in State Board of Education Rule 160-4-5-.02 LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE: PROGRAM FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) STUDENTS. Therefore, this student would be eligible for inclusion in the ESOL Report contained in the FTE count in any year the student remains eligible.
LEPLimited English Proficient; this is a federal definition included in the Improving America's School Act of 1994, Title VII, Section 7501. In summary, this states that the student's primary language is one other than English and has sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language and whose difficulties may deny such individual the opportunity to learn successfully in the classroom. In Georgia the LEP status is determined by the ESOL state-funded eligibility criteria. All ESOL students are LEP, but some LEP students are not ESOL due to the fact that they have been waivered out of the program or are receiving services outside of a program that subscribe to the GBOE rule governing the state-funded ESOL program.
 

Acronyms associated with Health and Physical Education

ADAP Alcohol and Drug Awareness  Program
HPE Health and Physical Education
SAMS School Achievement Management System
 

Acronyms associated with Media Services

ALA  American Library Association
LMS Library Media Specialist
 

Acronyms associated with Pension

FCSEPF Fulton County Schools Employees’ Pension Fund
IRA Individual Retirement Account
SPR Summer Pro Rata Pay
TRS Teachers Retirement System of Georgia
TSA Tax Sheltered Annuities/403(b) plans
 

Acronyms associated with Professional Learning

AL Assessment for Learning
CP Curriculum & Planning
DI Differentiated Instruction
HOTS Higher Order Thinking Skills
ILM Instructional Leadership Meetings (used to be the principals’ cluster meeting)
Net Q Network of Effective Teacher Quality – grant with Georgia State University – programs in 8 schools
NTI New Teacher Induction program
NTO New Teacher Orientation
PLC Professional Learning Center AND Professional Learning Community
PLU Professional Learning Units
QUESTT Quality Educator Staffing for Today and Tomorrow
S2A STEP2 Achieve – teacher performance management system
SA Student Achievement
SAP  
SBI Standards Based Instruction
 

Acronyms associated with Special Programs

EIP Early Intervention Program (Elementary Schools)
REP Remedial Education Program (Middle & High Schools)
 

Abbreviations/Acronyms Related to Special Services

AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ABA Applied Behavior Analysis
ACT Adapted Cueing Technique
ADA American with Disabilities Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder
ADL Activities for Daily Living
AFO Ankle - Foot Orthotics
AHA American Hyperlexia Association
AIT Auditory Integrated Training
AOS Apraxia of Speech
ARC Association for Retarded Citizens
APD Auditory Processing Disorder
AS Asperger's Syndrome
ASA Autism Society of America
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASHA American Speech Language Hearing Assoc.
ASL American Sign Language
Aspie Person with Asperger's Syndrome
BMP Behavior Management Plan
CA Chronological Age
CAH Care At Home
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CAS Childhood Apraxia of Speech
CP Cerebral Palsy
DAN Defeat Autism Now
DAS Developmental Apraxia of Speech
DCD Developmental Coordination Disorder
DD Developmentally Disabled or Developmentally Delayed
DDSO Developmentally Disabled Service Office
DMG DiMethyl Glycine
DOB Date of Birth
DS Down Syndrome
DSS Department Of Social Services
DSI Dysfunction of Sensory Integration - another acronym for SID
DTT Discrete Trial Teaching
DVD Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
DX Diagnosis
FA Essential Fatty Acids
EBD Emotional and Behavioral Disorder
EI Early Intervention
EISP Early Intervention Service Program
ENT Ear, Nose and Throat
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FC Facilitated Communication
FRAXA Fragile X Syndrome
FSP Family Support Plan
G-PAT Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
GGDD Global Developmental Delays
GF/CF Gluten-Free/Casein-Free diet (wheat and dairy)
GIMC Georgia Instructional Materials Center
GLRS Georgia Learning Resources System
GPN Georgia Psychoeducational Network
HFA High Functioning Autism
HI Hearing Impaired
HOH Hard Of Hearing
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
ILC Independent Living Center
IQ Intelligence Quotient
IRR Interrelated Resource
SLD Specific Learning Disability
LLD Language-based Learning Disability
LEA Local Education Agency
LFA Low Functioning Autism
LKS Landau-Kleffler Syndrome - a form of aphasia with seizure-like activity
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MBD Minimal brain dysfunction (another name for AD(H)D)
MD Muscular dystrophy
MH Multiply Handicapped
MIT Melodic Intonation Therapy
MR Mentally Retarded
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
NDT Neurodevelopmental Treatment
NICI Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NS Noonan's Syndrome
NT Neurologically Typical (Normally-Developing) or "no text"
O2 Oxygen
OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OHI Other Health Impairment
OI Orthopedic Impairment
OT Occupational Therapy or Occupational Therapist
PACT Parent and Childhood Training
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder (milder end of the Autism Spectrum)
PDD-NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
PECS Picture Exchange Communication System
PICU Pediatric Intensive care Unit
PT Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PVL PeriVentricular Leukomalacia
RESA Regional Educational Service Agency
ROM Range Of Motion
SI Speech Impairment or Sensory Integration
SID Sensory Integration Dysfunction
SLI Speech language impairment
SK Spirited Kid
SLP Speech Language Pathologist
SPD Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder
SSA Social Security Administration
SSD Social Security Disability
SSI Supplemental Security Income
ST Speech Therapy
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TEACCH Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children
TS Tourette Syndrome
TX Treatment
UAPDD University Affiliated Program for Developmental Disabilities
UCP United Cerebral Palsy Association
VI Visually Impairment
WNL Within Normal Limits
 

Acronyms associated with Student Health Services

CA Clinic Assistant.
CN Cluster Nurse
SEN Special Education Nurse
SHS Student Health Services
 

Acronyms associated with Student Information

HAC Home Access Center
SAC Student Access Center
SIC Student Information Coordinator
SIS Student Information Center
TAC Teacher Access Center
 

Acronyms associated with Testing

ACCESS Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners
AP Advanced Placement
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
BST Basic Skills Test
CBA Curriculum Based Assessment
CR Constructed Response
CRCT Criterion Referenced Competency Tests
CRCT M Criterion Referenced Competency Tests Modified
DAT Differential Aptitude Test
DNA Did Not Attempt
EIP Early Intervention Program
ELL English Language Learners
ELL/TPC English Language Learners/ Test Participation Committee
ELL M English Language Learners – Monitored
EOCT End of Course Tests
EPD Educational Planning District
ESOL English to Speakers of Other Languages
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FTE Full Time Equivalent
GAA Georgia Alternate Assessment
GaDOE Georgia Department of Education
GHSGT Georgia High School Graduation Tests
GHSWT Georgia High School Writing Test
GKIDS Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills
GPS Georgia Performance Standards
GTID Georgia Test Identification
IAP Individual Accommodation Plan
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP Individualized Education Program
ITBS Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
LEA Local Education Agency
LUA Local Unit of Administration (local school districts)
MGWA Middle Georgia Writing Assessment
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NRT Norm Referenced Test
NSLP National School Lunch Program
O.C.G.A. Official Code of Georgia Annotated
OAS Online Assessment System
PSAT Preliminary SAT
PTNA Present Test Not Attempted
QBE Quality Basic Education
QCC Quality Core Curriculum
RFP Request for Proposals
RFQ Request for Quote
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
SEA State Education Agency
SIS Student Information System
SRC State Required Code
SST Student Support Team
SWD Students with Disabilities
WAPT WIDA Access Placement Test
WIDA World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)
 

Alphabetized List of Acronyms

AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ABA Applied Behavior Analysis
ACCESS Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs Test; A standards based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains).
ACT Adapted Cueing Technique
ADA American with Disabilities Act
ADAP Alcohol and Drug Awareness  Program
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder
ADL Activities for Daily Living
AFO Ankle Foot Orthotics
AHA American Hyperlexia Association
AIT Auditory Integrated Training
AL Assessment for Learning
ALA American Library Association
AOS Apraxia of Speech
AP Advanced Placement
APD Auditory Processing Disorder
APE Adaptive Physical Education
ARC Association for Retarded Citizens
AS Asperger's Syndrome
ASA Autism Society of America
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASHA American Speech Language Hearing Assoc.
ASL American Sign Language
Aspie Person with Asperger's Syndrome
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
BICS Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills; language for social purposes, which takes from one to two years for most students to develop
BMP Behavior Management Plan
BST Basic Skills Test
CA Clinic Assistant.
CA Chronological Age
CAH Care At Home
CALP Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency; the type of abstract language needed for academic success, this may take from five to seven years to develop.
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CAS Childhood Apraxia of Speech
CASE Centralized Assignment of Substitute Employees
CBA Curriculum Based Assessment
CN Cluster Nurse
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
CP Curriculum & Planning
CP Cerebral Palsy
CR Constructed Response
CRCT Criterion Referenced Competency Tests
CRCT M Criterion Referenced Competency Tests Modified
DAN Defeat Autism Now
DAS Developmental Apraxia of Speech
DAT Differential Aptitude Test
DCD Developmental Coordination Disorder
DD Developmentally Disabled or Developmentally Delayed
DDSO Developmentally Disabled Service Office
DSCFSA Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account
DI Differentiated Instruction
DMG DiMethyl Glycine
DNA Did Not Attempt
DOB Date of Birth
DS Down Syndrome
DSI Dysfunction of Sensory Integration
DSS Department Of Social Services
DTT Discrete Trial Teaching
DVD Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
DX Diagnosis
EAP Employee Assistance Program
EBD Emotional and Behavioral Disorder
EI Early Intervention
EIP Early Intervention Program
EISP Early Intervention Service Program
EL M English Learner “Monitored;” used to denote a student who has exited the ESOL program and is now being monitored for a two year time period to ensure a successful transition to the mainstream program
EL Y     English Learner “YES”; used to denote a student who is eligible to receive ESOL program services during the current school year.  EL Y indicates students who are receiving daily ESOL services, have waivered services, or are being served by the consultative model.
EL English Learner; often used interchangeably with the term LEP
ELL English Language Learners
ELL/TPC English Language Learners/ Test Participation Committee
ELL M English Language Learners – Monitored
ENT Ear, Nose and Throat
EOCT End of Course Tests
EPD Educational Planning District
ESOL English to Speakers of Other Languages
ESOL    English to Speakers of Other Languages; the instructional program that assists students in learning English that follows the requirements outlined in State Board of Education Rule 16045.02 LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE: PROGRAM FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) STUDENTS.  Therefore, this student would be eligible for inclusion in the ESOL Report contained in the FTE count in any year the student remains eligible.
ESY Extended School Year
EFA Essential Fatty Acids
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FC Facilitated Communication
FCBOE Fulton County Board of Education
FCS Fulton County Schools
FCSEPF Fulton County Schools Employees’ Pension Fund
FCSS Fulton County School System
FICA Federal Insurance Contributions Act
FRAXA Fragile X Syndrome
FSA Flexible Spending Account
FSP Family Support Plan
FTE Full Time Equivalent
GAA Georgia Alternate Assessment
GADOE Georgia Department of Education
GF/CF = Gluten Free/Casein Free diet (wheat and
GGDD Global Developmental Delays
GHSA Georgia High School Association
GHSGT Georgia High School Graduation Tests
GHSWT Georgia High School Writing Test
GIMC Georgia Instructional Materials Center
GKIDS Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills
GLRS Georgia Learning Resources System
G PAT Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
GPN Georgia Psychoeducational Network
GPS Georgia Performance Standards
GTID Georgia Test Identification
HAC Home Access Center
HDHP High Deductible Health Plan
HFA High Functioning Autism
HFSA Health Flexible Spending Account
HI Hearing Impaired
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HOH Hard Of Hearing
HOTS Higher Order Thinking Skills
HPE Health and Physical Education
HRA Health Reimbursement Arrangement
IAP Individual Accommodation Plan
IB International Baccalaureate
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP  Individualized Education Program
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
ILC Independent Living Center
ILM Instructional Leadership Meetings (principals’ cluster meeting)
IQ Intelligence Quotient
IRA Individual Retirement Account
IRR Interrelated Resource
ITBS Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
LEA Local Education Agency
LEP Limited English Proficient; this is a federal definition included in the Improving America's School Act of 1994, Title VII, Section 7501.  In summary, this states that the student's primary language is one other than English and has sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language and whose difficulties may deny such individual the opportunity to learn successfully in the classroom.  In Georgia the LEP status is determined by the ESOL statefunded eligibility criteria.  All ESOL students are LEP, but some LEP students are not ESOL due to the fact that they have been waivered out of the program or are receiving services outside of a program that subscribe to the GBOE rule governing the state funded ESOL program.
LFA Low Functioning Autism
LKS Landau Kleffler Syndrome
LLD Language based Learning Disability
LMS Library Media Specialist
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
LTD Long-term Disability
LUA Local Unit of Administration (local school districts)
MBD Minimal brain dysfunction (another name for AD(H)D)
MD Muscular dystrophy
MGWA Middle Georgia Writing Assessment
MH Multiply Handicapped
MIT Melodic Intonation Therapy
MR Mentally Retarded
MRESA Metropolitan Regional Educational Services Agency
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NDT Neurodevelopmental Treatment
Net Q Network of Effective Teacher Quality – grant with Georgia State University – programs in 8 schools
NFHS National Federation of High Schools
NI Needs Improvement
NICI Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NRT Norm Referenced Test
NS Noonan's Syndrome
NSLP National School Lunch Program
NT Neurologically Typical (Normally Developing) or "no text"
NTI New Teacher Induction program
NTO New Teacher Orientation
O.C.G.A.  Official Code of Georgia Annotated
O2 Oxygen
OAS Online Assessment System
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCR Office of Civil Rights  (Title IX)
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OHI Other Health Impairment
OI Orthopedic Impairment
OT Occupational Therapy or Occupational Therapist
OS Otherwise Specified

PACT

PBIS

Parent and Childhood Training

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports

PDD = Pervasive Developmental Disorder (milder end of PDD)
PDD NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not
PECS Picture Exchange Communication System
PICU Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
PLC Professional Learning Center AND Professional Learning Community
PLU Professional Learning Units
PSAT Preliminary SAT
PT Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist
PTA Parent Teacher Association
PTNA Present Test Not Attempted
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PV PeriVentricular Leukomalacia
QBE Quality Basic Education
QCC Quality Core Curriculum
QUESTT Quality Educator Staffing for Today and Tomorrow
RCHC Related Communication Handicapped Children
REP Remedial Education Program (Middle & High Schools)
RESA Regional Educational Service Agency
RFP Request for Proposals
RFQ Request for Quote
ROM Range Of Motion
S2A STEP2 Achieve – teacher performance management system
SA Student Achievement
SAC Student Access Center
SAMS School Achievement Management System
SAP System Analyses and Programme Networking; Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing 
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
SAVE or SAVTE Sopping Acts of Violence Through Education
SBI Standards Based Instruction
SEA State Education Agency
SEN Special Education Nurse
SHBP State Health Benefit Plan
SHS  Student Health Services
SI Speech Impairment or Sensory Integration
SIC  Student Information Coordinator
SID Sensory Integration Dysfunction
SIC Student Information Center
SIS Student Information System
SK Spirited Kid
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLI speech language impairment
SLP Speech Language Pathologist
SPD Semantic Pragmatic Disorder
SPR Summer Pro Rata Pay
SRC State Required Code
SSA Social Security Administration
SSD Social Security Disability
SSI Supplemental Security Income
SST Student Support Team
ST Speech Therapy
STD Short-term disability
SUPER Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Resource program
SWD Students with Disabilities
TAC Teacher Access Center
TAG Talented and Gifted
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TEACCH Treatment and Education of Autistic and the Autism Spectrum)
TRS Teachers Retirement System of Georgia
TS Tourette Syndrome
TSA Tax Sheltered Annuities/403(b) plans
TX Treatment
UAPDD University Affiliated Program for Developmental Disabilities
UCP United Cerebral Palsy Association
UHC United HealthCare
USDOE United States Department of Education
VI Visually Impairment
WAPT WIDA Access Placement Test
WIDA World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)
WNL Within Normal Limits