• Educational Terms


    Liberty Acronyms and Other Terms: So What Do They Mean?
    These are some terms you may hear in relation to your child's education.

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    Immediate Intensive Intervention
    Accommodation
    Modifications or adjustments made by classroom teachers to enable students to benefit from their educational program.
    ADA
    Americans with Disabilities Act
    ADD
    Attention Deficit Disorder
    ADHD
    Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
    AIP
    Now PMP
    AR
    Accelerated Reader – Commercial program that combines books with computer tests for measuring and improving reading comprehension.
    ASD
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Assessment
    A way of collecting information about a student’s special learning needs, strengths, and interests.
    AYP
    Adequate Yearly Progress – No Child Left Behind legislation requires each school to show improvement each year in various subgroups based on FCAT.
    BIP
    Behavioral Intervention Plan
    CARD
    Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
    CCPS
    Charlotte County Public Schools
    Compass Learning
    A commercial computer program that assesses a student’s level and then provides instruction at that level.
    CRISS
    Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies - a teaching approach whereby students use metacognitive and organizing strategies to learn how to learn.
    D/HOH
    Deaf / Hard of Hearing
    DAR
    Diagnostic Assessment of Reading - reading assessment used at the intermediate level of elementary schools to determine a child's reading strengths and weaknesses.
    DD
    Developmentally Delayed
    DIBELS
    Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills - reading assessment used at the primary level in elementary schools to determine a child's reading strengths and weaknesses.
    DOE
    Department of Education
    DRA
    Developmental Reading Assessment - a kindergarten through 3rd grade reading assessment used to determine a child's reading strengths and weaknesses.
    EBD
    Emotional Behavioral Disorder
    ELL
    English Language Learners
    EMH
    Educable Mentally Handicapped
    ESE
    Exceptional Student Education- Students with physical or mental disabilities, and gifted students.
    ESL
    English as a Second Language
    ELL
    English Language Learners
    ESY
    Extended School Year
    FBA
    Functional Behavioral Assessment. This is done when a student is not responding to teacher interventions in the classroom to help remediate behavioral problems. It is data gathered by trained personnel to determine environmental factors that are triggering and maintaining problem behaviors. This data is used when developing a Behavior Intervention Plan.
    FCAT
    Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test – A statewide standardized test. This is used by the state to assign schools individual letter grades.
    FCAT Writing
    A state-wide mandated writing test used in grades 4, 8 and 10 to evaluate students’ writing capability. It is used as part of the state accountability program.
    FDLRS
    Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System
    FDOE or FLDOE
    Florida Department of Education
    FRL
    Free, Reduced Lunch
    FTE
    Full-Time Equivalent- student count, used by state officials to determine how much money is allocated to school districts from the legislature.
    GLE
    Grade Level Expectations – expectations that are expected in the Sunshine State Standards.
    IDEA
    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (formerly Education of Handicapped Act (EHA) 94-142.
    IEP
    Individual Education Plan- a required school plan for all children receiving special education or ESE services.
    IEP Meeting
    A meeting held at least once each school year to make decisions about changes in the IEP and review the student’s placement.
    Inclusion
    Program where children with special needs are placed in regular classroom and receive assistance from a regular ed. and ESE teacher.
    LEAP
    Liberty Elementary Afterschool Program
    LES
    Liberty Elementary School
    LI
    Language Impaired
    LRE
    Least Restrictive Environment – part of the federal law and the state law that deals with determining the placement of children with disabilities.
    NBCT
    National Board Certified Teachers- Liberty has 6 board certified teachers.
    NCLB
    No Child Let Behind – designed to improve student achievement and close the gap between majority and minority students.
    OHI
    Other Health Impaired
    OT
    Occupational Therapy
    PBS
    Positive Behavior Support
    PMP
    Progress Monitoring Plan  (formerly AIP- Academic Improvement Plan) – students working below grade level are given interventions.
    PT
    Physical Therapy – geared towards gross motor skills that impact a student's academic success and / or daily living skills.
    PTO
    Parent-Teacher Organization
    RFB&D
    Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
    RtI
    Response to Intervention or way(s) in which classroom strategies either help or do not help a child with an academic skill deficiency. Progress monitoring by teacher-chosen classroom assessments determine the effectiveness of an intervention.
    SAC
    School Advisory Council
    Section 504
    A civil rights law ensuring equal access to educational services.
    SI
    Speech Impaired
    SSP
    Student Success Plan- a plan that includes strategies for improving student performance, how and when improvements will be implemented, etc.
    SLD
    Specific Learning Disabilities
    SRO
    School Resource Officer
    SSS
    Sunshine State Standards – standards set by state that are the criteria for FCAT.
    Title I
    A federally-funded program designed to improve achievement at schools with a high percentage of students eligible for free and reduced priced lunches. 
    TST
    Teacher Support Team- helps the teacher look at a student's assessment data to see if interventions have been effective.
    VE
    Varying Exceptionalities
    VI
    Vision Impaired