Education Acroynms
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  • Advanced Learning - SPS' three-tier program for advanced learners. Made up of APP, Spectrum and ALOs. (Note: the name of the district program is "Advanced Learning Services and Programs" but these three programs fall under "Highly Capable Services" of AL Services and Programs.
  • ALO - Advanced Learning Opportunity, the third tier of SPS' Advanced Learning program
  • AP - Advanced Placement. A national program of college-level classes given in high schools.
  • APP - Accelerated Progress Program. One of the levels of the Advanced Learning Program. NOTE: the name of this program is now "HIGHLY CAPABLE COHORT." This change occurred in 2014.
  • ASB - Associated Student Body. High school leadership groups.
  • AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress. Part of NCLB.
  • BEX - Building Excellence. SPS' capital renovation/rebuilding program that is funded via the BEX levy. Every 3 years there is the Operations levy and either the BEX or BTA levies as those two levies rotate in six year cycles).
  • BLT - Building Leadership Team. Staff members at a school who meet regularly to discuss building issues.
  • BTA - Buildings, Technology, Academics. The major maintenance/other capital fund for SPS. Originally BTA was to cover major maintenance like HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), roofs, waterlines, etc.) but now covers wide swaths of items like athletic fields, technology and funding academic needs.
  • CAICEE - Community Advisory Committee for Investing in Educational Excellence. Created by former Superintendent Manhas in 2008, to issue a report about reform recommendations for SPS.
  • CSIP - Continuous School Improvement Plan, the plan for improvement for each school as required by state law.
  • CTE - Career and Technical Education (formerly Voc Ed)
  • EALR - Essential Academic Learning Requirement
  • EDM - Everyday Math, the board-adopted instructional materials for elementary math
  • ELL - English Language Learners, formerly known as ESL
  • EOC - End of Course Assessments, given in math and science, required for high school graduation
  • ESEA - Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the federal law that governs education, includes the NCLB accountability provisions.
  • e-STEM or e-STEAM - STEM or STEAM curriculum with an environmental focus.
  • FACMAC - Facilities and Capacity Management Advisory Committee. A district committee comprises of an all-volunteer citizen group created in 2012 to help bring research and ideas to capacity management issues in the district.
  • FERPA - Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. A federal law that protects students' privacy
  • FRL - Free and reduced lunch.
  • FTE - Full Time Equivalent
  • FY - Fiscal Year
  • Highly Capable Services - NEW name (as of 2014) as umbrella name for these programs: Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP), Spectrum and ALO (Advanced Learning Opportunities). 
  • HSPE - High School Proficiency Exam, state assessment that replaced the WASL for 10th graders, required for graduation
  • HQT - Highly Qualified Teacher, a standard set by federal law
  • IA - Instructional Assistant
  • IB - International Baccalaureate program. An international program of advanced classes that can either be taken as stand alone or as part of an overall IB program.
  • IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The federal law that governs special education
  • IEP - Individual Educational Plan, a federal requirement for students with disabilities (special education)
  • JSCEE - John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (see headquarters)
  • MAP - Measures of Academic Progress. A computer-based adaptive assessment made by NWEA and originally purchased by the district for use as a district-wide formative assessment but now used for a wide variety of purposes.
  • MSP - Measurement of Student Progress, the state proficiency assessment that replaced the WASL for students in grades 1-8
  • MTSS - Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • NCLB - No Child Left Behind, a provision of the federal education law, ESEA, introduced during the George W. Bush administration
  • OSPI - Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • PCP - Planning, Conference and Preparation
  • PD - Professional Development
  • PG&E - Professional Growth and Evaluation, the teacher (and principal) evaluation procedure
  • RIF - Reduction in Force
  • RttT - Race to the Top, see Arne Duncan
  • RIT - Rasch Unit - scoring used in MAP testing
  • RTI - Response to Intervention, the old name for MTSS
  • SBE - State Board of Education (or BOE)
  • SBAC - Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests
  • SEA - Seattle Education Association (Seattle Teachers' union)
  • SEAC - Special Education Advisory Committee
  • SIT - School Intervention Team
  • STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
  • STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
  • TIF - Teacher Incentive Fund
  • WASL - Washington Assessment of Student Learning (former state test)
  • WSF - Weighted Student Formula, the old method of determining school funding
  • WSS - Weighted Staffing Standards, the current method of determining school funding

The Seattle school district also provides a glossary of terms and acronyms, here.