Special Education Acronyms

Below is a list of the most used Acronyms in the Special Education world.  


  •  AIS - Academic Intervention Services
  • AP - Advanced Placement
  • ASL - American Sign Language
  • BETAC - Bilingual/English Technical Assistance Center
  • BIP - Behavioral Intervention Plan
  • BOCES - Board of Cooperative Educational Services
  • BOE - Board of Education
  • CPSE - Committee on Preschool Special Education
  • CSE - Committee on Special Education
  • CSPD - Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
  • CST - Child Study Team
  • DCEP - District Comprehensive Education Plan (NYC)
  • DOH - Department of Health
  • ECDC - Early Childhood Direction Center
  • EI - Early Intervention
  • EIS – Early Intervening Services
  • ERSS - Educationally Related Support Services
  • ESY - Extended School Year
  • FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education
  • FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • FS10 - Federal/State Project Budget Form
  • FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
  • IAES - Interim Alternative Educational Setting
  • IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • IEE - Independent Educational Evaluation
  • IEP - Individualized Education Program
  • IHO - Impartial Hearing Officer
  • ILC - Independent Living Center
  • IST - Instructional Support Team
  • JMT - Joint Management Team
  • LEP - Limited English Proficient
  • LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
  • NYSED - New York State Education Department
  • NYSAA - New York State Alternate Assessment
  • OMH - Office of Mental Health
  • OMRDD - Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
  • PBIS – Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • PD - Persons with Disability (Forms for Special Education Data Collection)
  • PDS - Professional Development Specialist (SETRC)
  • PE - Physical Education
  • PSO - Post School Outcome
  • RA - Regional Associate
  • RIC - Regional Information Center
  • RCT - Regents Competency Test
  • RSSC - Regional School Support Center
  • RTI – Response to Intervention
  • SAVE - Schools Against Violence in Education
  • SED - State Education Department
  • SEQA - Special Education Quality Assurance
  • SETRC - Special Education Training and Resource Center
  • SRO - State Review Officer
  • STAC - System for Tracking and Accounting of Children
  • Sub CSE - Subcommittee on Special Education
  • SWD - Student with a Disability
  • TRE - Technology Resources for Education
  • UDL – Universal Design for Learning
  • VESID - Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities