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Acronyms Glossary

Abbreviations & Acronyms Glossary

All acronyms are abbreviations, but not all abbreviations are acronyms.

Strictly speaking, acronyms are abbreviations that spell out a word (EASE) or a pronounceable group of letters (MCOE). There is a tendency nowadays to refer to all forms using initial capital letters — whether they are pronounceable or not— as acronyms and to refer to short forms of single words or two-word terms (Dr., etc., for example) as abbreviations.

This compilation of general, education and Monterey County-specific abbreviations and acronyms is not an exhaustive list, but should help one navigate the complicated world of “educationese” jargon.

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AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
AABE Association for the Advancement of Biomedical Education
AACD American Association for Counseling and Development
AACJC American Association of Community and Junior Colleges
AAE Alliance for Arts in Education
AAEOE American Association of Educational Office Employees
AAHE American Association for Health Education
AAHPERD American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
AAMD American Association on Mental Deficiency
AAP Affirmative Action Plan/Program
AASA American Association of School Administrators
AASPA American Association of School Personnel Administrators
AB Assembly Bill
AB1200 Assembly Bill 1200: school restructuring legislation
ABC Alcoholic Beverage Control Department
ACE American Council on Education
ACEIT Aspiring Classified Employees Into Teaching
ACIA Academic and Career Integral Assessments in Career Education
ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
ACR Assembly Concurrent Resolution
ACSA Association of California School Administrators
ACT American College Testing
ADA Average Daily Attendance | Americans with Disabilities Act (Federal)
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AECT Association for Educational Communication and Technology
AERA American Educational Research Association
AEYC Association for Education of Young Children
AFT American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO)
AG Attorney General
AHEA American Home Economics Association
AIAA American Industrial Arts Association
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIECE American Indian Early Childhood Education
ALA American Library Association
AMAE Association of Mexican American Educators
AMAOs Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives
AP Advanced Placement | Assistant Principal
APA American Psychological Association
APE Adapted Physical Education
APH Aphasia (severe language disorder)
APR Accountability Progress Reporting
AQMD Air Quality Management District
AR Administrative Regulation
ASAM Alternative Schools Accountability Model
ASBO Association of School Business Officials
ASEP Association for Special Education Principals | After-School Enrichment Program
ASES After School Education and Safety Program
ASHA American Speech and Hearing Association
AUT Autism
AV Audio-Visual | Assessed Valuation
AVA American Vocational Association
AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination


BCLAD Bilingual/Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development
BEH Bureau for Education of Handicapped
BEOG Basic Educational Opportunity Grant
BIR Bureau of Industrial Relations
BP Board Policy
BPPVE Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education
BRL Base Revenue Limit
BTSA Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment
BTTP Bilingual Teacher Training Program


CAAE California Alliance for Arts in Education
CAASPP California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
CABE California Association for Bilingual Education
CAC California Arts Council | California Administrative Code | Community Advisory Council | California Apprenticeship Council
CACD California Association for Counseling and Development
CACE California Association of Compensatory Education
CACVE California Advisory Council on Vocational Education
CADPE Comprehensive Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education
CADRE Collegial Association for Development and Renewal of Education
CAEA California Art Education Association
CAEOE California Association of Educational Office Employees
CAEYC California Association for the Education of Young Children
CAFABE California Association for Asian-Pacific Bilingual Education
CAG California Association for the Gifted
CAHPERD California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
CAHSEE California High School Exit Examination
CAI Computer-Assisted Instruction
CAJPA California Association of Joint Power Authorities
CAL-CASE California Council of Administrators of Special Education
CALCP California Association of Leaders in Career Preparation
CALPADS California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
CalPERS California Public Employees Retirement System (also see PERS)
Cal-SAFE California School Age Families Education
CalSPRA California School Public Relations Association
CalSTRS California State Teachers'; Retirement System (also see STRS)
CaLTIDES California Longitudinal Teacher Integrated Data Education System
CalWORKs California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids
CAMECD California Association for Measurement and Evaluation for Counseling and Development
CANHC California Association for Neurologically Handicapped Children
CAP Corrective Action Plan
CAPA California Alternate Performance Assessment
CAPE California Association of Program Evaluators
CAR California Association for Retarded
CARE California Agency for Research in Education | Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere | Curriculum Assessment Resources Evaluation
CAROC/P California Association of Regional Occupational Centers/Programs
CAS California Association of Schools
CASBO California Association of School Business Officials
CASCD California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
CASCWA California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance
CASE Council of Administrators of Special Education
CASH Coalition for Adequate School Housing
CASTO California Association of School Transportation Officials
CATE California Association of Teachers of English
CATESOL California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
CAWEE California Association of Work Experience Educators
CBE Competency-Based Education
CBEA California Business Education Association
CBEDS California Basic Educational Data System
CBEST California Basic Educational Skills Test
CBET Community-Based English Tutoring
CBO Community-Based Organization | Chief Business Official
CC Community College
CCA California Curriculum Alliance
CCAC Credential Counselors and Analysts of California
CCAE California Council of Adult Education
CCBE California County Boards of Education
CCC California Community Colleges | California Conservation Corps | California Coastal Commission
CCCC California Curriculum Correlating Council
CCD Community College District
CCEA California Continuation Education Association
CCEE California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
CCF California Curriculum Forum
CCFAHC Coordinating Council for Fine Arts and Humanities in California
CCIS California Consortium for Independent Study
CCL Community Care Licensing
CCR Coordinated Compliance Review | California Code of Regulations
CCS California Children Services | Crippled Children's Society
CCSA California Council of School Attorneys
CCSESA California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
CCSS Common Core State Standards | California Council for the Social Studies
CD Child Development | Compact Disc
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (federal)
CDE California Department of Education
CDFS California Department of Fiscal Services
CDHS California Department of Health Services
CD-ROM Compact Disc - Read Only Memory
CDS County/District/School Code | Community Day School
CDVE California Directors of Vocational Education
CEDPA California Educational Data Processing Association
CEEB College Entrance Examination Board
CELDT California English Language Development Test
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CEPA California Educational Placement Association
CEQA California Environmental Quality Act
CERA California Educational Research Association
CERC California Educational Research Cooperative
CERS California Employees Retirement System | California Educator Reporting System
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFT California Federation of Teachers
CHDP Child Health and Disability Prevention
CHKS California Healthy Kids Survey
CHSPE California High School Proficiency Examination
CHSA California Head Start Association
CIF California Interscholastic Federation
CISC Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee | California InterScience Council
CITEA California Industrial and Technology Education Association
CJOA California Juvenile Officers' Association
CLA California Library Association
CLAD Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (see BCLAD)
CLAS California Learning Assessment System
CLHS California League of High Schools
CLMS California League of Middle Schools
CLRC California Learning Resources Center
CLRN California Learning Resource Network
CMA California Modified Assessment
CMER California Movement for Educational Reform
CMLEA California Media and Library Educators Association
COABE Commission On Adult Basic Education
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (federal)
COCCC Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges
COE County Office of Education
COLA Cost-Of-Living Adjustment
COLT County Office Learning Team
COO Chief Operating Officer
COSA California Outdoor School Administrators
COSIPA Council of Self-Insured Public Agencies
CPA Comprehensive Planning Agency | Certified Public Accountant | California Partnership Academies
CPBC California Public Broadcasting Commission
CPGA California Personnel and Guidance Association
CPI Consumers Price Index
CPPCA California Probation, Parole, and Correctional Association
CPPP College Preparation Partnership Program
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPS Child Protection Services
CPSE Comprehensive Planning for Special Education
CPU Central Processing Unit (computers)
CRA California Reading Association
CRLP California Reading and Literacy Project
CSAC California Society of Autistic Children
CSB California School for the Blind
CSBA California School Boards Association
CSCA California School Counselors Association
CSD California School for the Deaf
CSE Commission on Special Education | Court School Educators
CSEA California School Employees Association | California State Employees Association
CSEY Classified School Employee of the Year
CSF California Scholastic Federation
CSFP Commodity Supplemental Food Program
CSFSA California Schools Food Service Association
CSHA California Speech and Hearing Association
CSIA California Self-Insured Association
CSIS California School Information Services
CSLA California School Leadership Academy | California School Library Association
CSNO California School Nurses Organization
CSPCA California Schools Personnel Commission Association
CSPTA California State Parent-Teacher Association
CSR Comprehensive School Reform
CSRP California School Recognition Program
CSS Comprehensive Student Support
CSSA California Safe Schools Assessment
CSTA California Science Teachers Association
CSU California State University
CSUMB California State University, Monterey Bay
CTA California Teachers Association
CTAP California Technology Assistance Project
CTC Commission on Teacher Credentialing | California Transportation Commission
CTE Career Technical Education
CTEI Comprehensive Teacher Education Institute
CTEVH California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped
CTFIE California Task Force for Integrated Education
CTIIP Classroom Teacher Instructional Improvement Program
CVE Cooperative Vocational Education
CWETA California Worksite Education and Training Act
CYA California Youth Authority


DA Delegate Agency | District Attorney
DAC District Advisory Committee/Council
DAIT District Assistance and Intervention Team
DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education | Drug, Alcohol, Rehabilitation Education
DB Deaf-Blind
DEI Data Entry Interface
DELAC District English Language Advisory Committee
DH Developmentally Handicapped
DHH Deaf and Hard of Hearing
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DLI Dual Language Institut
DOF Department Of Finance
DOJ Department Of Justice
DOL Department Of Labor
DPA Department of Personnel Administration
DSS Department of Social Services


EAP Early Assessment Program
EASE Employee Assistance Service for Educatio
EC Education Code
ECE Early Childhood Education
ED Emotionally Disturbed | United States Department of Education
EDD Employment Development Department (state)
EDGAR Education Department General Administrative Regulations
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Equal Educational Opportunities Commission
EERA Educational Employment Relations Act
EETT Enhancing Education Through Technology
EHA Education of the Handicapped Act
EH-A Educationally Handicapped - Autism
EH-I Educationally Handicapped - Institutions
EIA Economic Impact Aid
EIR Environmental Impact Report
EL English Learner
ELA English Language Arts
ELAC English Language Advisory Committee
ELAP English Language Acquisition Program
ELD English Language Development
ELL English-Language Learner
ELPAC English Language Proficiency Assessments for California
EOA Equal Opportunity Act (federal)
EOC Economic Opportunity Commission (federal) | Emergency Operations Center
EPA Environmental Protection Agency (federal)
EPDA Education Professions Development Act
ERA Equal Rights Amendment
ES Educational Services
ESAA Emergency School Aid Act
ESD Elementary School District
ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
ESL English as a Second Language
ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act (federal)
ETA Employment and Training Administration
ETAC Employment and Training Association of California


504 Rehabilitation Act Regulations (federal)
FACE Federal Advocacy for California Education
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FAQ Frequently Asked Question
FASB Financial Accounting Standards Board
FBLA Future Business Leaders of America
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FDA Food and Drug Administration (federal)
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FES Fluent English Speaker
FFA Future Farmers of America
FICA Federal Insurance Contributions Act (Social Security)
FLSA Fair Labor Standards Act
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
FY Fiscal Year
FYI For Your Information
FYS Foster Youth Services


GATE Gifted And Talented Education
GB Gigabytes (1 billion bytes)
GC Government Code
GED General Educational Development Test
GSE Golden State Examination
GSSMD Golden State Seal Merit Diploma


HCA Health Care Assistant
HCDA Housing and Community Development Act
HCE Health Careers Education
HEERA Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act
HHI Home/Hospital Instruction
HHS Health and Human Services (federal)
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HPSGP High Priority Schools Grant Program
HRD Human Resources Development (federal)
HSD High School District
HSEE High School Exit Examination
HTML Hypertext Markup Language (Internet)
HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol (Internet)
HUD Housing and Urban Development (federal)


IA Instructional Assistant | Industrial Arts
IASA Improving America's Schools Act of 1994
ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement (federal)
ICEA International Correctional Education Association
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (federal)
I/EN Individual with Exceptional Needs
IEP Individual Education Plan
IEPT Individualized Education Program Team
IHE Institutions of Higher Education
II Individualized Instruction | Immediate Intervention
IIA Individualized Instruction Association
IIP Individual Implementation Plan
IIPP Injury, Illness Prevention Plan
ILP Individual Learning Plan
INA Instructional Needs Assessment
IRA International Reading Association | Individual Retirement Account
IRC Internal Revenue Code
ISBN International Standard Book Number
ISP Independent Study Program | Internet Service Provider
IT Industrial Technology | Information Technology
ITE Industrial and Technology Education
ITP Individualized Training Plan


JCCSAC Juvenile Court and Community School Administrators of California
JPA Joint Powers Agreement/Authority


K-12 Kindergarten through grade 12
KB Kilobytes (1,000 bytes)
KBS Knowledge-Based Systems


LACA Latin American Civic Association
LAFCO Local Agency Formation Commission of Monterey County
LAN Local Area Network
LCAP Local Control and Accountability Plan
LCD Liquid Crystal Display
LCI Licensed Children's Institution
LDG Learning Disability Group
LEA Local Educational Agency
LEAA Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (federal)
LEP Limited-English-Proficient
LLC Limited Liability Corporation
LOA Leave Of Absence
LPCs Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils
LR Labor Relations
LRE Least-Restrictive Environment
LT Limited Term


MB Megabytes (one million bytes) | Memory Buffer
MBEST Monterey Bay Education, Science, and Technology Center
MCBOE Monterey County Board of Education
MCFL Monterey County Free Libraries
MCOE Monterey County Office of Education
MCOES Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
MCPD Monterey County Parks Department
MCSO Monterey County Sherriff's Office
MCWD Marina Coast Water District
MCWRA Monterey County Water Resources Agency
MH Multihandicapped (also see MUL)
MIIS Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
MMR Mumps, Measles, Rubella
MOA Memorandum Of Agreement
MOU Memorandum Of Understanding
MOVE Mobility Opportunities Via Education
MPC Monterey Peninsula College
MST Monterey-Salinas Transit
MTSS Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
MUL Multihandicapped (also see MH)


NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NABE National Association for Bilingual Education
NABSE National Association of Black School Educators
NACVE National Advisory Council on Vocational Education
NAD National Association of the Deaf
NAEA National Art Education Association
NAEB National Association of Educational Broadcasters
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
NAESP National Association of Elementary School Principals
NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAIC National Association of Insurance Commissioners
NAPENA National Association of Public Employee Negotiators and Administrators
NAPPA National Association of Pupil Personnel Administrators
NASBE National Association of State Boards of Education
NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals
NASW National Association of Social Workers
NAYRE National Association for Year-Round Education
NBCT National Board Certified Teacher
NBEA National Business Education Association
NBPTS National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
NCDA National Career Development Association
NCEE National Center on Education and the Economy
NCES National Center for Education Statistics
NCFL National Center for Family Literacy
NCHSTE National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education
NCITE National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators
NCLB No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures
NCSS National Council for the Social Studies
NCTE National Council of Teachers of English
NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
NDEA National Defense Education Act
NEA National Education Association
NETA National Employment Training Association
NGSS Next Generation Science Standards
NHSA National Head Start Association
NIACE National Institute for the Advancement of Career Education
NIE National Institute of Education
NPS Naval Postgraduate School
NSAC National Society for Autistic Children
NSBA National School Boards Association
NSF National Science Foundation
NSPRA National School Public Relations Association
NSSC National School Safety Center
NSTA National Science Teachers Association
NSVP National School Volunteer Program
NTIA National Telecommunications and Information Administration


OCD Office of Child Development (federal)
OCJP Office of Criminal Justice Planning
OCR Office for Civil Rights (federal)
OEO Office of Equal Opportunity
OES Office of Emergency Services
OH Orthopedically Handicapped
OHI Other Health Impaired
OMB Office of Management and Budget (federal)
OPER Office of Program Evaluation and Research (California Department of Education)
OPSC Office of Public School Construction
ORS Online Reporting System
OSA Office of the State Architect
OSE Office of the Secretary of Education
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Act/Administration
OT Occupational Training | Occupational Therapy


PA Purchasing Agent
PAC Parent Advisory Committee
PACE Policy Analysis for California Education | Preventing Abuse of Children through Education
PACOE Personnel Administrators of County Offices of Education
PAGE Professional Advocates for Gifted Education
PAR Peer Assistance Review
PARMA Public Agency Risk Managers Association
PARS Public Agency Retirement System | Payable And Receivable System
PASSCO Personnel Administrative Services Steering Committee
PBDMI Performance Based Data Management Initiative
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
PCAC Personnel Commission Association of California
PCR Program Compliance Review
PDF Portable Document Format
PE Physical Education
PERB Public Employment Relations Board
PERS Public Employees Retirement System (also see CalPERS)
PERT Program Evaluation Review Technique
PFT Physical Fitness Testing
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric Company
PH Physically Handicapped
PI Programmed Instruction | Performance Index | Parent Involvement | Program Improvement
PICA Parents Involved in Community Action
PPR Pupil Promotion and Retention
PO Purchase Order
POM Presidio Of Monterey
PQR Program Quality Review
PSAA Public Schools Accountability Act
PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
PSE Public Service Employment
PSEC Perinatal Substance-Exposed Children
PT Physical Therapy | Part-Time
PTA Parent Teacher Association
PTO Parent Teacher Organization | Paid Time Off


QAP Quality Assurance Process
QEIA Quality Education Investment Act of 2006
QRIS Quality Rating and Improvement System


RAM Random Access Memory
RDA Recommended Daily Allowance
REA Regional Education Agency
RFA Request For Approval/Applications
RFB Request For Bid
RFEP Reclassified to Fluent English Proficient
RFP Request For Proposal
RFQ Request For Quotation
RIF Reduction In Force | Reading Is Fundamental
RLA Reading/Language Arts
ROM Read-Only Memory
ROP Regional Occupational Program
RWPEDA Regional Workforce Preparation and Economic Development Act


S4 Statewide System of School Support
SAB State Allocation Board
SAC School Advisory Committee/Council
SACS Standardized Account Code Structure
SADD Students Against Drunk Driving
SAP Student Assistance Program
SAPID School Age Parenting and Infant Development
SARB School Attendance Review Board
SARC School Accountability Report Card
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
SB Senate Bill
SBCP School-Based Coordinated Program
SBE State Board of Education
SBP School Breakfast Program
SCE State Compensatory Education
SCO State Controller's Office
SCORE Schools of California Online Resources for Education
SCR Senate Concurrent Resolution
SDAIE Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English
SDC Special Day Class
SDD Severely Developmentally Delayed
SDFSC Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities
SDO School District Organization
SE Special Education
SEA School Employers Association | State Educational Agency
SEAC Special Education Administrative Council
SEACO Special Education Administrators of County Offices
SED Seriously/Severely Emotionally Disturbed | Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
SEERA State Employer-Employee Relations Act
SEIDs Statewide Educator Identifiers
SEIU Service Employees International Union
SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area
SEPSA Special Education Program Specialists Association
SES Supplemental Educational Services
SFIA Self-Funded Insurance Authority
SFSP Summer Food Service Program
SH Severely Handicapped
SHAPE Shaping Health As Partners in Education
SIA Self-Insurance Authority
SIG School Improvement Grant
SIS Student Information System
SLH Speech, Language, Hearing
SNP School Nutrition Program
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SP Superintendents Policy
SPA Service Planning Area
SPAC State Parent Advisory Council
SPB State Personnel Board
SPS State Preschool
SRI Stanford Research Institute
SSI Supplemental Security Income
SSID Statewide Student Identifier
SSPI State Superintendent of Public Instruction
STDs Sexually Transmitted Diseases
STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics
STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
STRS State Teachers Retirement System (also see CalSTRS)
SUI State Unemployment Insurance
SWAT Special Weapons And Tactics
SWP School-Wide Programs


TA Teaching Assistant | Test Administrator Interface
TOMS Test Operations Management System
TOY Teacher Of the Year
TRAN Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note
TSA Tax-Sheltered Annuity | Teacher on Special Assignment
TUPE Tobacco-Use Prevention Education
TWBI Two-Way Bilingual Immersion


UC University of California
UCOP University of California Office of the President
UCP Uniform Complaint Procedure(s)
UHSD Union High School District
UI Unemployment Insurance
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization
UNICEF United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (now shortened to United Nations Children's Fund)
URL Uniform Resource Locator (Internet)
USD Unified/Union School District
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USDE United States Department of Education


VA Veterans Administration
VAPA Visual And Performing Arts
VE Visiting Educator
VEA Vocational Education Act
VH Visually Handicapped
VH-I Visually Handicapped-Itinerant
VICA Vocational Industrial Clubs of America


WAN Wide-Area Network
WASC Western Association of Schools and Colleges
WC Workers’ Compensation
WEE Work Experience Education
WIA Workforce Investment Act
WIB Workforce Investment Board
WIC Welfare and Institutions Code Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (USDA)
WWW World Wide Web (Internet)


YOC Year Of Completion
YRBS Youth Risk Behavior Survey
YRBSS Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
YRE Year-Round Education
YTD Year-To-Date


ZIP Zone Improvement Plan (U.S. Postal Service)