Glossary of Terms & Acronyms

  • A great deal of terminology is used to describe services and areas related to special education. This terminology is not always straightforward, and it can be confusing. 

    Please refer to this list of terms that our schools' student support teams use in their work with students. A more extensive list of terms can be found here.


  • Educational Support Team (EST)

  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • 504 Plans


  • Accommodations

  • Assessment

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

  • Case Manager

  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

  • Developmental Delay

  • Disability

  • Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD)

  • Essential Early Education (EEE)

  • Extended School Year (ESY) Services

  • Hearing Impairment (HI)

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

  • Intellectual Disability (ID)