IDEA-Related Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Terms

504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Enforced by Office for Civil Rights.
611 Section 611 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Funds.
616 Monitoring, Technical Assistance, and Enforcement of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
618 Section 618 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Data.
619 Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Preschool.
642 Makes sections 616, 617, and 618of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act applicable, as appropriate, to the Part C Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities program

ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis
ACF Administration for Children and Families
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AE Age Equivalent
APE Adaptive Physical Education
APR Annual Performance Report
ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASL American Sign Language
AT Assistive Technology
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress


BD Behavioral Disorder
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
BIE Bureau of Indian Education
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan

CAP Corrective Action Plan
CAPTA Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
CC Closed Captioning
CCDBG Child Care Development Block Grant
CCDF Child Care Development Fund
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CEIS Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHADD Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorders
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
CIFMS Continuous Improvement Focused Monitoring System
CP Cerebral Palsy
CPRC Community Parent Resource Center
CPSE Committee on Preschool Special Education
CSPD Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
CSSO Chief State School Officer

DAC Data Accountability Center
DB Deaf-Blind
DD Developmental Disabilities; Developmental Delay
D/HH Deaf/Hard of Hearing
DMS Differentiated Monitoring and Support
DOH Department of Health
DOJ Department of Justice

EBP Evidence-Based Practice(s)
EC Early Childhood
ECSE Early Childhood Special Education
ED Department of Education
ED Emotional Disturbance
EDEN Education Data Exchange Network
EDFacts EDFacts centralizes performance data supplied by K-12 State education agencies.
EDGAR Education Department General Administrative Regulations
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunities Commission
EHDI Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
EHS Early Head Start
EI Early Intervention
EIS Early Intervening Services
EL English Learner
ELC Early Learning Challenge
EL Early Learning
ELL English Language Learner
ELP Early Language Proficiency
EPSDT Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
ESA Educational Service Agency
ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESL English as a Second Language
ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act
ESY Extended School Year

FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFY Federal Fiscal Year
FICC Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FR Federal Register
FRC Federal Resource Center
FSM Federated States of Micronesia
FVPSA Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

GAPS Grants Administration Payment System
GAO Government Accountability Office
GEPA General Education Provisions Act
GPEA Government Paper Elimination Act
GPRA Government Performance and Results Act
GRADS360 A technical assistance resource and the system that states use to submit the SPP/APR
GSA General Services Administration
GSEG General Supervision Enhancement Grants

HHS Health and Human Services
HS Head Start
HQ Headquarters

IAES Interim Alternative Educational Setting
IC Information Collection
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council
ICO Informed Clinical Opinion
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Program
IEU Intermediate Educational Unit
IFSP Individualized Family Services Plan
IG Inspector General
IHE Institution of Higher Education
ILC Independent Living Center
IQ Intellectual Quotient
ISP Individualized Service Plan

JJ Juvenile Justice

KEA Kindergarten Entry Assessment

LA Lead Agency
LD Learning Disability
LEA Local Educational Agency
LEP Limited English Proficiency
LICC Local Interagency Coordinating Council
LOF Letter of Finding
LRE Least Restrictive Environment

MCH Maternal and Child Health
MCHB Maternal and Child Health Bureau
MFS Maintenance of State Financial Support
MIECHV Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOE Maintenance of Effort
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MSIP Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division
MTSS Multi-Tiered System of Support

NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
NASDSE National Association of State Directors of Special Education
NCES National Center for Education Statistics
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NE Natural Environment
NIA Notice Inviting Applications
NIMAS National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rule Making

OAS Office of the Assistant Secretary
OCC Office of Child Care
OCR Office for Civil Rights
OCTAE Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education
OD Office of the Director
ODS Office of the Deputy Secretary
OEL Office of Early Learning
OELA Office of English Language Acquisition
OESE Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
OGC Office of the General Counsel
OHI Other Health Impairment
OHS Office of Head Start
OIAA Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs
OIG Office of Inspector General
OII Office of Innovation and Improvement
OLCA Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OPE Office of Postsecondary Education
OPM Office of Personnel Management
OS Office of the Secretary
OSS Office of State Support
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OT Occupational Therapy

P & A Protection and Advocacy
Part B IDEA Part B Program for children age three through 21
Part C IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program for children birth through age 2
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
PCC Parent-Child Center
PD Personnel Development
PDD NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
PDG Preschool Development Grants
PII Personally Identifiable Information
PT Physical Therapy
PTI Parent Training Information Center
PWN Prior Written Notice

QRIS Quality Rating and Improvement System

RBI Routines-Based Intervention
RDA Results Driven Accountability
RMI Republic of the Marshall Islands
RSA Rehabilitation Services Administration
RTI Response to Intervention
RTP Research to Practice Division

SAP State Advisory Panel
SEA State Educational Agency
SEL Social Emotional Learning
SEPPE Special Education Program for Pacific Entities
SICC State Interagency Coordinating Council
SIG State Improvement Grants
SIMR State Identified Measurable Result
SISEP State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLDS State Longitudinal Data System
SLP Speech-language pathologist (Note: Do not use SLP for speech-language pathology)
SPDG State Personnel Development Grant
SPOE System Point of Entry
SPP State Performance Plan
SSI Supplemental Security Income
SSIP State Systemic Improvement Plan

TA Technical Assistance
TACC Technical Assistance Coordination Center
TA&D Technical Assistance and Dissemination
TDD Telecommunication Device for the Deaf
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

UDL Universal Design for Learning
UFSD Unified School District
USC United States Code
USD Unified School District

 VI Visual Impairment
VR Vocational Rehabilitation

WIOA Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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