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Acronyms Used in Special Education in California

AAC - Augmentative Alternative Communication
ABA - Applied Behavioral Analysis
ACSA - Association of California School Administrators
ACSE - Advisory Commission on Special Education
ADA - American with Disabilities Act
ADA - Average Daily Attendance
ADR - Alternative Dispute Resolution
AIR - American Institutes for Research
ALJ - Administrative Law Judge
APE - Adapted Physical Education
AT -  Assistive Technology
AU - Administrative Unit
BCBA - Board Certified Behavioral Analyst
BER - Behavior Emergency Report
BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan
CAA - California Alternate Assessments
CAASPP - California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress
CAFSE - Coalition for Adequate Funding for Special Education
CAC - Community Advisory Committee
CALPADS - California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
CalSTAT - California Services for Technical Assistance and Training
CALTIDES - California Longitudinal Teacher Information Data Education System
CASEMIS - California Special Education Management Information System
CBI - Community Based Instruction
CCF - Community Care Facility
CCR - California Code of Regulations
CCS - California Children Services
CDE - California Department of Education
CEIS - Coordinated Early Intervening Services
CELDT - California English Language Development Test
CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
COE - County Office of Education
COLA - Cost of Living Adjustment
COTA - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
CSS - Communication Severity Scales
DBH - Department of Behavioral Health
DDS - Department of Developmental Services
DHH - Deaf/Hard of Hearing
DHS - Department of Health Services
DIBELS - Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy
DIS - Designated Instructional Service
DOL - District of Location
DOR - District of Residence
DRDP - Desired Results Developmental Profile
DTT - Discrete Trial Training
EC - Education Code
ECE - Early Childhood Education
ED - Emotional Disturbance
EL - English Learner
ELA - English/Language Arts
ERMHS - Educationally Related Mental Health Services
ESEA - Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESY - Extended School Year
FAPE - Free and Appropriate Public Education
FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFA - Foster Family Agency
FFH - Family Foster Home
FIEP - Facilitated Individualized Education Program
FMTA - Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance
FRC - Family Resource Center
FTE - Full time equivalent
HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HOH - Hearing of Hearing
HQ - Highly Qualified
IA - Instructional Assistant
ID - Intellectual Disability
IDEA - Individualized with Disabilities Education Act
IDEIA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
IHE - Institute of Higher Education
ISA - Individual Service Agreement (for NPS/NPA)
IAES - Interim Alternative Educational Setting
ICF -  Intermediate Care Facility
IEE - Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP - Individualized Educational Program
IFSP - Individual Family Service Plan
IRC -  Inland Regional Center
ISP - Individual Service Plan (for parentally placed private school students)
IWEN - Individual with Exceptional Needs
JPA - Joint Powers Agreement
LAO - Legislative Analyst’s Office
LCI - Licensed Children’s’ Institution
LEA - Local Educational Agency
LI -  Low Incidence
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
LSH - Language, Speech & Hearing
MOE - Maintenance of Effort
MTU - Medical Therapy Unit
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
NASDSE - National Association of State Directors of Special Education
NCLB - No Child Left Behind
NPS/NPA - Non-Public Schools/Non-Public Agencies
OAH - Office of Administrative Hearings
OCR - Office of Civil Rights
OHI - Other Health Impairment
OI - Orthopedic Impairment
O&M - Orientation and Mobility
OSEP - Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OT - Occupational Therapy
PCM - Professional Crisis Management
PCMA - Professional Crisis Management Association
PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System
PENT - Positive Environment, Network of Trainers
PS - Program Specialists
PT - Physical Therapy
PWN - Prior Written Notice
RSP - Resource Specialist Program
RS - Related Services
RtI - Response to Instruction and Intervention
SAI - Specialized Academic Instruction
SCIA - Special Circumstance Instructional Assistance
SDC - Special Day Class
SEA - State Educational Agency
SEEDS - Special Education Early Delivery System
SEIS - Special Education Information System
SELPA - Special Education Local Plan Area
SESR - Special Education Self-Review
SH - Severe Handicap
SLD - Specific Learning Disability
SLI - Speech/Language Impairment
SLP - Speech/Language Pathologist
SLPA - Speech/Language Pathology Assistant
SNF - Skilled Nursing Facility
SOP - Summary of Performance
SPP - State Performance Plan
SSC - School Services of California
SSID - State Student Identifier
TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
TEACCH - Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children
VI - Visual Impairment