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Acronyms Used in  Education

This is a quick reference list of some of the most commonly used acronyms in education . For full definitions of the terms, please refer to ABC's Glossary for Education.

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ABC Ontario - Association for Bright Children of Ontario

AC - Accommodated only (as seen on an IEP)

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ALT - Alternative Program (as seen on an IEP)

AP - Advanced Placement program

ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder

AST - Area Support Teacher (see IGT/IET)


BE - Behavioral Exceptionality


CAP - Centrally Assigned Principal - Oversees the delivery of Special Education Services

CAS - Das-Naglieri Cognitive Assessment System (ages 5-17 yrs) Intelligence Test

CCAT - Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (K-12)

COG - Consortium for Ontario Gifted (group of educators, parents and psychologists concerned about gifted learners led by ABC Ontario which meets with Special Education Branch of Ministry of Education three times per year)

CoRT - Cognitive Research Trust Thinking Course (de Bono)

CPS -Classroom Performance System

CTCS - Canadian Test of Cognitive Skills (Gr. 2-12)

CTY - Center for Talented Youth at John Hopkins University


DI - Differentiated Instruction

DOE - Director of Education (at a school board)

DRA -Developmental Reading Assessment (K-6)

DTLA-4 - Detroit Test of Learning Aptitude (ages 6-17 yrs.) Intelligence Test


EA - Educational Assistant

EdGO - Educators for the Gifted Organization

EDU - Ministry of Education

ELC - Enhanced Learning Class

ELD - English Literacy Development

ELL - English Language Learner

ELRT - Enrichment Learning Resource Teacher (see also SERT, LRT etc)

EO - Education Officer at the Ministry of Education

EPGY - Education Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University

EQAO - Education Quality and Accountability Office (responsible for Gr. 3 & 6 standardized, Gr. 9 math proficiency and Gr. 10 literacy tests)

ESL - English as a Second Language


FOA - Freedom of Information Act

FTE - Full-time Equivalent, such as when two part-time teachers fill the role of one full-time teacher.


GAI - General Ability Index

GCABC - Gifted Children's Association of British Columbia


HOTS - Higher Order Thinking Skills (see Bloom’s Taxonomy)


IB - International Baccalaureate Programme

IBN - Inter Board Network of central Ontario teachers of gifted students

IEP - Individual Education Plan

IET - Itinerant Enrichment Teacher

IGT - Itinerant Gifted Teacher

IPRC - Identification, Placement and Review Committee

IQ - Intelligence Quotient

ISA - Intensive Support Amount




K-ABC - Kaufman - Assessment Battery for Children (ages 2-12 yrs) Intelligence Test


LD - Learning Disability

LDAO - Learning Disability Association of Ontario

LRT - Learning Resource Teacher ( ie. Special Education specialist in a local school)

LST - Learning Support Teacher (same as LRT)


MACSE - Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education

MEDU - Ministry of Education

MOD - Modified (as seen on an IEP)

MOE - Ministry of Education

MOTS - More of the Same; an expression for addressing gifted learning needs by simply assigning more routine school work rather than using different teaching strategies (compare to HOTS)

MTCU - Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities


NAGC - National Association for Gifted Children (USA)


OCC - The Ontario Curriculum Centre

OLSAT - Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (Group Achievement Test K-12)

OSR - Ontario Student Record

OSSD - Ontario Secondary School Diploma

OYAP - Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program


PAAC - Provincial Parent Associations Advisory Committee

PLAR - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition






SAGES 2 - Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students 2nd Edition (K-8)

SAI - Schoolwide Achievement Index

SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test (USA) administered by the College Board

SBT - School Based Team

SEAC - Special Education Advisory Committee

SENG - Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

SEP- Special Education Plan

SEPPA - Special Education Per Pupil Amount

SERT - Special Education Resource Teacher (same as LRT / LST)

SIGS - Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (secondary)

SMPY - Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth at Vanderbilt University

SNC - Special Needs Committee

SO - Supervisory Officer(at a school board) same as SOE

SOE - Superintendent of Education(at a school board) same as SO

SST - School Support team


2E - Twice Exceptional

TA - Teaching Assistant




VP - Vice Principal


WAIS - Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (ages 16-89 yrs) Intelligence test

WIAT - Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (ages 4-19)

WISC-V - Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - fifth Edition, 2014 (ages 6-16yrs) Intelligence test

WJ-III - Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement /Woodcock Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Ability (ages 2-90 years)

WORC - Western Ontario Regional Committee of teachers of gifted students which meets in London Ontario

WPPSI-IV - Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - Fourth edition, 2014  (ages 3-7 yrs) Intelligence test

WRIT - Wide Range Intelligence Test (ages 4-85yrs)






ZPD - Zone of Proximal Development