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Learning-related Acronyms and Phrases for Parents of School-aged Kids

Learning-related Acronyms and Phrases for Parents of School-aged Kids
  1. ACT: American College Testing

What it is: A national college admissions exam

  1. ADD/ADHD: Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

What it is: A learning struggle associated with weak attention skills – and sometimes accompanied by hyperactivity

  1. AP: Advanced Placement

What it is: College-level curriculum offered in high school

  1. ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorders

What it is: Complex disorders of the brain that create difficulties in social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication, sometimes accompanied by repetitive behaviors

  1. AYP: Adequate Yearly Progress

What it is: Whether a school (or student) has met the standard requirements

  1. CAPD: Central Auditory Processing Disorder

What it is: A disorder characterized by an inability to process the information being heard

  1. DD: Developmental Delay

What it is: A lag in hitting typical physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional or social milestones

       8.  ECSE: Early Childhood Special Education

What it is: Individualized instruction and services for those (usually) 3 to 5 years old

  1. ESL: English as a Second Language

What it is: A program that teaches English to non-native speakers

  1. GPA: Grade Point Average

What it is: An average of a student’s letter grades (e.g. A = 4.0, B = 3.0)

  1. GT: Gifted and Talented

What it is: A term for students with an exception level of aptitude

  1. IEP: Individualized Education Program

What it is: A customized set of steps and goals to help a struggling student excel

  1. LD: Learning Disability

What it is: A difficulty learning in the “typical” manner

  1. OCD: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

What it is: An anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing fear or worry

  1. ODD: Oppositional Defiant Disorder

What it is: An ongoing pattern of hostile behavior and disobedience beyond the norms of typical childhood tantrums

  1. PP: Paraprofessional

What it is: Often, a teacher’s assistant who has been trained to help students with learning struggles

  1. PSAT: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

What it is: A practice test for future college admissions exams like the SAT and ACT

  1. SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test

What it is: The most widely used college admissions exam

  1. SLI: Speech/Language Impairment

What it is: An ongoing primary spoken communication disorder

  1. STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

What it is: An interdisciplinary approach to teach science and mathematics by integrating technology and engineering into curriculum that is driven by exploratory learning and problem-solving

     21. Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities

What it is: The newest version serves to replace the third edition and is said to contain the greatest breadth of cognitive abilities of any standardized body of tests that identify learning problems.