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504 – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 AAR – Academic Achievement Record

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 AEIS- Academic Excellence Indicator System AEP – Alternative Education Program

AFDR – Annual Federal Data Report AGC – Access to the General Curriculum AI – Auditory Impairment

APR – Annual Performance Report

ARD – Admission, Review, and Dismissal

AskTED – Texas Education Directory –.

AT – Assistive Technology AU – Autism

AYP – Adequate Yearly Progress 








BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan








CAC – Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory Committee

CADRE – Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

CARS – Center for Academic & Reading Skills

CATE – Career and Technology Education

CBM – Curriculum Based Measurement

CCSSO – Council of Chief State School Officers

CFR – Code of Federal Regulation

CF – Child Find

CIFMS – Continuous Improvement Focused Monitoring System

CIMP – Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process

CIP – Continuous Improvement Plan

CoP – Community of Practice

CPRC – Community Parent Resource Center

CRCG – Community Resource Coordination Group

CSPD – Comprehensive System of Personnel Development








DADS – Texas Dept. of Aging & Disability Services

DAEP – Disciplinary Alternative Education Program

DARS – Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services

DAS – Data Analysis System

DB – Deaf-Blind

DD Council – Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

DPH – Due Process Hearing

DSHS – Texas Department of State Health Services








ECI – Early Childhood Intervention

ECO – Early Childhood Outcomes Center

ED – Emotional Disturbance

EDEN – Education Data Exchange Network

EIS – Early Intervening Services

ELL – English Language Learner

EL – English Learner

EIMAC – Education Information Management Advisory Consortium of CCSSO

ESC – Education Service Center

ESEA – Elementary and Secondary Education Act

ESY – Extended School Year Services

EWDS – Early Warning Data System








FAPE – Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA – Functional Behavioral Assessment

FERPA – Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act

FIE – Full and Individual Evaluation









GED – General Educational Development Certificate

GEPRA – Government Performance & Results Act

GC – General Curriculum








HO – Hearing Officer

HHSC – Texas Health & Human Services Commission

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996

HOUSE – High, Objective, Uniform Standard of Evaluation








IAES – Interim Alternative Educational Setting

ICD - International Classification of Diseases

ICF - International Classification of Functionality

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004

IDEA-B – IDEA program for children with disabilities 3-21

IDEA-C – IDEA program for children with disabilities 0-2

IEE – Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP – Individualized Education Program

IFSP – Individual Family Service Plan

IN – Intellectual Disability

ITCA – Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association








JJAEP – Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program








LD – Learning Disability

LDAA – Locally Determined Alternative Assessment (obsolete)

LEA – Local Education Agency

LEP – Limited English Proficient

LPAC – Language Proficiency Assessment Committee

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

LSSP - Licensed Specialist in School Psychology








MAC – Medicaid Administrative Claiming

MD – Multiple Disabilities

MDR – Manifestation Determination Review

MOU – Memorandum of Understanding

MR – Mental Retardation

MSRP – Monitoring & State Improvement Planning Division








NASDE – National Association of State Directors of Special Education

NCCRES – National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems

NCEC – Non-categorical Early Childhood

NCEO – National Center on Educational Outcomes

NCES – National Center for Educational Statistics

NCHS – National Center for Health Statistics

NCLB – The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

NCSEAM – National Center Special Education Accountability Monitoring

NCSL – National Conference of State Legislatures

NDPC – National Dropout Prevention Center

NECTAC – National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

NEILS – National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study

NPRM – Notice of Proposed Rule Making

NPSO – National Post-School Outcomes Center








OCIO – Office of the Chief Information Officer, US Dept. of Education

OHI – Other Health Impairment

OI – Orthopedic Impairment

OIG – Office of the Inspector General, US Dept. of Education

O&M – Orientation & Mobility

OMB – Office of Management & Budget

ORR – Open Records Request

OSEP- Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

OSERS – Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services








PACER – Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

PBM – Performance-Based Monitoring

PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support

PEIMS – Public Education Information Management System

PIL – Parent Information Line - Parent Information Line – 1-800-252-9668

PIRTS – Public Information Request Tracking System

PMWG – Performance Measurement Work Group

PPCD – Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

PTI – Parent Training and Information Center








REED – Review of Existing Evaluation Data

RTI – Response-to-Intervention

RTP – Research to Practice Division, OSEP

RPTE – Reading Proficiency Tests in English








SAAH – Student Attendance and Accounting Handbook

SBEC – State Board for Educator Certification

SBOE – State Board of Education

SDAA – State-Developed Alternative Assessment

SHARS – Student Health & Related Services

SI – Speech or Language Impairment

SLD - Specific Learning Disability

SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

SPEARS – Special Education Ad Hoc Reporting System

SPP – State Performance Plan

SSA – Shared Services Arrangement

SSI - Student Success Initiative

STAAR - State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness

STAAR-L – State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness for English Language Learners

STAAR-Alt – State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness-Alternate

STAAR-EOC – End of Course State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness








TAC – Texas Administrative Code

TA&D Centers – Technical Assistance & Dissemination Centers

TAKS – Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

TAKS-A – Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills-Accommodated

TAKS-Alt – Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills-Alternate (Obsolete)

TASB – Texas Association of School Boards

TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury

TBSI – Texas Behavior Supports Initiative

TCASE – Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education

TCIP – Texas Continuous Improvement Process

TCRLA – Vaughn Gross Texas Reading & Language Arts Center

TELPAS – TX English Language Proficiency Assessment System

TEC – Texas Education Code

TEA - Texas Education Agency

TEKS – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

TETN – Texas Education Telecommunications Network

TMHP Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership

TSBVI – Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

TSD – Texas School for the Deaf

TWC - Texas Workforce Commission

TxCEDS – Texas Collaborative for Emotional Development in Schools

TYC – Texas Youth Commission 








USDE – United States Department of Education








VI – Visual impairment

VR –Vocational rehabilitation

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