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    District Acronyms and Abbreviations

    This page lists several commonly used acronyms and abbreviations you may encounter in spoken and written communications throughout the school district and its various departments. 

    See also our District Glossary for expanded definitions.

    If there is something you could not find or would like to add to this page, please email publicaffairs@seattleschools.org.


    ALO.........Advanced Learning Opportunity, the third tier of SPS' Advanced Learning program

    ALP..........Advanced Learning Placement

    AP............Advanced Placement. A national program of college-level classes given in high schools.

    APP..........Accelerated Progress Program. One of the levels of the Advanced Learning Program. NOTE: the name of this program is now "HIGHLY CAPABLE COHORT." This change occurred in 2014.

    ASB..........Associated Student Body. High school leadership groups.

    AYP...........Adequate Yearly Progress. Part of NCLB.

    BEX..........Building Excellence. SPS' capital renovation/rebuilding program that is funded via the BEX levy. Every 3 years there is the Operations levy and either the BEX or BTA levies as those two levies rotate in six year cycles).

    BIL...........Bilingual

    BLT...........Building Leadership Team. Staff members at a school who meet regularly to discuss building issues.

    BTA I........Building Renovations, Technology and Athletics Levy: The six-year capital levy program with $150 million approved by voters in 1998. It funded more than 465 projects in the areas of seismic improvements, roof replacement, window replacement, power upgrades, technology wiring and computer hardware, secondary art and science facilities upgrades, and gymnasiums and athletic field renovation.

    BTA II........Building Renovations, Technology and Academics Levy: The capital levy program with $178 million approved by voters in 2004. It funds more than 600 projects related to school buildings, art and science labs, libraries, technology and athletic facilities.

    CAICEE.......Community Advisory Committee for Investing in Educational Excellence. Created by former Superintendent Manhas in 2008, to issue a report about reform recommendations for SPS.

    CIP I...........Capital Improvement Program: The bond program with $64 million, approved by voters in 1984. It funded major modernization, building additions, building replacement and new construction at 15 schools.

    CMP.............Connected Math Project

    CSIP............Continuous School Improvement Plan, the plan for improvement for each school as required by state law.

    CTE.............Career and Technical Education (formerly Voc Ed)

    DI Sub.........District Initiated Substitute

    DHH............Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    DRA.............Developmental Reading Assessment

    DWA............Direct Writing Assessment

    EALR............Essential Academic Learning Requirement

    EAP..............Employee Assistance Program

    ECE..............Early Childhood Education

    EDM.............Everyday Math, the board-adopted instructional materials for elementary math

    EGP..............Easy Grade Pro

    ELL..............English Language Learners

    EOC.............End of Course Assessments, given in math and science, required for high school graduation

    ESD..............Educational Service District

    ESEA............Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the federal law that governs education, includes the NCLB accountability provisions.

    ESIS.............Electronic School Information System

    ESL..............English as a Second Language

    e-STEM........Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with an Environmental focus

    e-STEAM......Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with an Environmental focus  

    FLASH..........Family Life and Sexual Health

    FACMAC.......Facilities and Capacity Management Advisory Committee. A district committee comprises of an all-volunteer citizen group created in 2012 to help bring research and ideas to capacity management issues in the district.

    FERPA.........Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. A federal law that protects students' privacy

    FMP.............Facilities Master Plan: A plan identifying the use for Seattle Public Schools’ facilities through the year 2010, the improvements needed to those facilities, and the timing in which improvements should be accomplished.

    FRL.............Free and Reduced Lunch

    FTE.............Full-Time Equivalent

    FY................Fiscal Year

    GLAD...........Guided Language Acquisition

    HC...............Highly Capable

    HCC.............Highly Capable Cohort

    HR...............Human Resources

    HQT.............Highly Qualified Teacher, a standard set by federal law

    HSPE...........High School Proficiency Exam, state assessment that replaced the WASL for 10th graders, required for graduation

    HVAC...........Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning: Types of mechanical systems that provide heat and air in school buildings.

    IA................Instructional Assistant

    IB................International Baccalaureate program. An international program of advanced classes that can either be taken as stand alone or as part of an overall IB program.

    IBX..............Accelerated International Baccalaureate program.

    IDEA............Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The federal law that governs special education

    IEP...............Individual Educational Plan, a federal requirement for students with disabilities (special education)

    JSCEE..........John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence

    LAP..............Washington State Learning Assistance Program

    LID..............Learning Improvement Day

    LLD..............Leadership Learning Day

    MAP.............Measures of Academic Progress. A computer-based adaptive assessment made by NWEA and originally purchased by the district for use as a district-wide formative assessment but now used for a wide variety of purposes.

    MSP.............Measurement of Student Progress, the state proficiency assessment that replaced the WASL for students in grades 1-8

    MTSS...........Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

    NCLB...........No Child Left Behind, a provision of the federal education law, ESEA, introduced during the George W. Bush administration

    OER.............Open educational resources. These are free and not protected by copyright.

    OSPI............Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Para.............Para-professional who is non-certified but supports teachers

    PASS............Principals Association of Seattle Schools

    PBIS.............Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

    PD................Professional Development

    PGC..............Professional Growth Cycle

    PG & E..........Professional Growth and Evaluation, the teacher (and principal) evaluation procedure

    PLC...............Professional Learning Communities

    PPS...............Professional Practice Standards

    RIF................Reduction in Force

    RIT................Rasch Unit - scoring used in MAP testing

    RTI................Response to Intervention, the old name for MTSS

    RFP................Request for proposal issued to vendors

    RttT................Race to the Top, see Arne Duncan

    SBE................State Board of Education (or BOE)

    SEA................Seattle Education Association (Seattle Teachers' union)

    SEAC..............Special Education Advisory Committee

    SIT.................School Intervention Team

    SPED..............Special Education

    STEAM...........Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics

    STEM.............Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

    TIF.................Teacher Incentive Fund

    UNEA.............Urban Native Education Alliance

    WASL............Washington Assessment of Student Learning (former state test)

    WSF..............Weighted Student Formula, the old method of determining school funding

    WSS.............Weighted Staffing Standards, the current method of determining school funding