Know your special education acronyms

November 4, 2016 by JoLynne Lyon

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A guide to the alphabet soup of education, accommodation and regulation

Here are 23 acronyms that are commonly used when discussing legal requirements for the education of children with disabilities. This list is brought to you by Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education, a division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities.

ADA=Americans with Disabilities Act

APR=Annual Performance Report

ESEA=Elementary Secondary Education Act

ESSA=Every Students Succeeds Act

FERPA=Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

IDEA=Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP=Individual Education Program

IFSP=Individual Family Service Plan

LA=Lead Agency

LEA=Local Education Agency

LRE=Least Restrictive Environment

OSEP=Office of Special Education Programs

Part B=IDEA, School Age

Part C=Birth-2 year olds

RDA=Results Driven Accountability

SEA=State Education Agency

SEAP=Special Education Advisory Panel

Section 504/ADA=Civil Rights based on disability

Section 618=Data Requirements

Section 619=3-5 year olds

SPP=State Performance Plan

SIMR= State Identified Measurable Result

SSIP=State Systemic Improvement Plan