Educational Acronyms and Definitions

  • ACT – American College Testing

    AP – Advanced Placement

    AUP – Acceptable Use Policy – A set of rules to guide the use of school technology resources for security and compliance purposes

    AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress

    BD - Behavior Disorder

    BOE - Board of Education

    CAP - Corrective Action Plan

    Charter system – A charter system provides the opportunity for teachers, administrators, parents, and local school boards to have greater flexibility to determine the educational needs of students within their district and requires school level governance.

    CCGPS - (Common Core Georgia Performance Standards) – Georgia’s version of the Common Core State Standards for English/ Language Arts and Mathematics. They replaced the previous Georgia Performance Standards in those subjects.

    CCRPI - (College and Career Ready Performance Index) – Georgia’s school and district accountability system that replaced AYP when the state received a waiver from the U.S. DOE

    CTAE - (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) – Division within the Georgia Department of Education responsible for administering the College and Career Pathways.

    DFACS – Department of Family and Children Services

    DOE - Department of Education

    DHR - Department of Human Resources

    EIP - Early Intervention Program

    EOC - (End of Course) – The Georgia Milestones Assessment for students in grades 9 -12 (formerly known as the EOCT)

    EOCT – End of Course Tests; tests given to students in grades 9-12.

    EOG - (End of Grade) – The Georgia Milestones Assessment for students in grades 3-8 (formerly known as the CRCT)

    ESEA - Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    ESOL – English to Speakers of Other Languages; the instructional program that assists students in learning English that follows the requirements outlined in State Board of Education Rule 160-4-5-.02 LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE: PROGRAM FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) STUDENTS.

    ESPLOST – Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax

    FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

    FTE - Full-time Equivalent

    FY - Fiscal Year

    GaDOE – Georgia Department of Education

    Georgia Milestones - (Georgia Milestones Assessment System) – Georgia’s summative assessments which includes end of course and end of grade measures of how much of the standards students learned. The Georgia Milestones replaced the CRCTs and previous EOCTs during the 2014-2015 school year.

    GED – General Education Development (Diploma)

    GEMA - Georgia Emergency Management Agency

    GHP - Governor's Honors Program

    GHSA - Georgia High School Association

    GHSGT – Georgia High School Graduation Test

    GHSWT – Georgia High School Writing Test

    GKIDS – Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills

    GPA – Grade Point Average

    GSBA - Georgia School Boards Association

    HQ staff – Highly Qualified staff

    IB – International Baccalaureate

    IC – Infinite Campus

    IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IE2 - (Investing in Educational Excellence) – Partnership Contracts are intended to provide local school districts with greater governance flexibility as a means to increasing student achievement. As created by House Bill 1209 (2008), Local Boards of Education (LBOE) can enter into multi-year contracts with the

    IEP – Individualized Education Plan

    LKES - (Leader Keys Effectiveness System) – Evaluation/assessment systems designed for school leaders, primarily principals

    Loti Levels – Level of Technology Integration

    MOU - (Memorandum of Understanding) – A legally binding contractual agreement between two parties

    MTSS – Multi-Tiered Student Support

    NWEA –Northwest Evaluation Association

    PD – Professional Development

    PLC – Professional Learning Communities

    PSAT – Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test

    RESAs - (Regional Education Support Agencies) – State supported agencies charged with helping local school systems meet their educational needs through the sharing of services across school system lines. All RESAs are required to provide services in research and planning, staff development, curriculum and instruction, assessment and evaluation, technology, health, and school improvement.

    RTI – Response to Intervention

    SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

    SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test

    SGP - (Student Growth Percentile) – Describes a student’s growth (how much they learned over a given time period) relative to other students with similar prior achievement statewide. Used in Georgia’s Student Growth Model

    SLOs - (Student Learning Objectives) – for non-tested subjects, SLOs describe what students are expected to learn in a given academic year as measured by a pre-assessment and post-assessment.

    Status Quo - A "status quo" school is very similar to the existing public school. "Status quo" systems and schools must meet all federal and state accountability measures. They can only apply for state waivers due to dire emergency.

    SWD – Students with Disabilities

    TKES - (Teacher Keys Effectiveness System) –Teacher evaluation/effectiveness system used to distinguish between good teachers, great teachers, and ineffective ones, the primary focus of the teacher effectiveness system is to help improve instruction and to better design professional development activities to meet teacher needs.

    TOTY – Teachers of the Year