Commonly Used Terms

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ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act (P.L. 101-336)

ADA - Average Daily Attendance

ADM - Average Daily Membership

ALC - Area Learning Center

AMSD - Association of Metropolitan School Districts

ASL - American Sign Language

ATTAIN - Assistive Technology Training and Information Network

B/VI - Blind/Visually Impaired


C&T - Career and Technical Education

CAE - Center for Academic Excellence

CAPD - Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CIP - Communication Interaction Program

CLP - Continuous Learning Plan

CTIC - Community Transition Interagency Committee

D/HH - Deaf/Hard of Hearing

DAC - Developmental Achievement Centers

DAPE - Developmental Adaptive Physical Education

DCD - Developmental Cognitive Disabilities

DCD/EBD - Developmental Cognitive Disabilities / Emotional Behavioral Disorders

DD - Developmental Disabilities

DI - Destination ImagiNation

DRS - Division of Rehabilitation Services

EAP - Employee Assistance Plan

EBD - Emotional Behavioral Disorders

ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education

ECSU - Education Cooperative Service Unit

EdMN - Education Minnesota

EDRS - Electronic Data Reporting System

EEO - Equal Educational Opportunities

ELL - English Language Learner (student designation)

ESEA - Elementary and Secondary Education Act

ESL - English as a Second Language (program in a school)

ESY - Extended School Year

EXPLORE - Experiential Program for Learners with Opportunities in Restorative Education


FASD - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FOCUS - Functional Occupational Curriculum for Unique Students 

FRP - Free to Reduced-Price lunch program

FTE - Full Time Equivalency

GEAC - Gifted Education Advisory Committee

GES - Gifted Education Services

GRO - Grants & Research Office

HTC - Hennepin Technical College

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IDT - Intensive Day Treatment

IEP - Individual Education Plan

IGP - Individual Growth Plan

IHP - Individual Health Plan

IIIP - Individual Interagency Intervention Plan

InVEST - In Vocational, Educational and Social Transition

IS - Independent Study


LCTS - Local Collaborative Time Study

LEA - Local Education Agency

LEP - Limited English Proficiency (state term for ELL)

LRE - Least Restrictive Environment

MA - Medical Assistance

MAAP - Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs

MARSS - Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System

MASA - Minnesota Association of School Administrators

MASBO - Minnesota Association of School Business Officials

MASE - Minnesota Association for Special Education

MASPA - Minnesota Association of School Personnel Administrators

MCGT - Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

MDE - Minnesota Department of Education

MEEP - Minnesota Education Effectiveness Program

MEGT - Minnesota Educators of the Gifted & Talented

MnSCU - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

MSBA - Minnesota School Boards Association

MSTA - Math & Science Teacher Academy (Region 11, including 287)

NAGC - National Association for Gifted Children

NSBA - National School Boards Association

NSO - Northern Star Online

NVEC - North Vista Education Center

O&M - Orientation & Mobility

OHI - Other Health Impairments

OPTIONS - Opportunities to Pursue Training in Occupational Needs and School

OT - Occupational Therapy

P/HD - Physical/Health Disabilities

PACER - Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

PCA - Prairie Center Alternative

PCM - Process Communication Model

PCM -  Professional Crisis Management

PI - Physically Impaired

PLC - Professional Learning Community

POHI - Physical & Other Health Impairments

PREP Center - Practical Resources for Educational Professionals

PSEO - Post Secondary Education Options

PT - Physical Therapy

RMC - Regional Management Information Centers

SAC - Superintendents Advisory Committee (287 & member districts)

SAFE - Students Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder through Education

SDAC - Staff Development Advisory Committee (287 & state)

SEAC - Special Education Advisory Committee (could be either 287's or MN)

SHAPE - South Hennepin Adult Programs in Education

SLD - Severe Learning Disabilities

SP/L - Speech/Language

STAAR - Skills Training And Additional Resources

STAR - Staff Automated Reporting

STRIVE - Skills Training with Responsibility Interdependence & Vocational Education

SUN - Students with Unique Needs

T&L - Teaching and Learning (287 & state)

TA - Teaching Assistant

TASC - The Alternative Study Center

TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury

TIES - Technology & Information Educational Services

TS - Targeted Services

TSIS - TIES Student Information System

UFARS - Uniform Financial Accounting & Reporting Standards


VECTOR - Vocational Education Community Training & Occupational Relations

VET - Vocational Evaluation & Training

VI - Visual Impairments

VOS - Vocational Outreach Services

WADM - Weighted Average Daily Membership

WIB - Workforce Investment Board

WMEP - West Metro Education Program

WSSS - West Suburban Summer School

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