Glossary for Education


You will encounter many specialized terms when communicating with educational professionals, as well as when networking with other parents who have more experience dealing with the special education . We hope this glossary helps demystify some of this terminology, also known humourously as 'EDUspeak'

We acknowledge the contributions of ABC Peel, ABC Waterloo and Valerie Gravelle to the development of this glossary.

Looking for an acronym (short form)? -  check Alphabet Soup: Acronyms Used in Education, ABC Ontario's condensed list of acronyms first.

Can't find the term that is puzzling or perplexing you? To suggest adding it to this section please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.