Glossary of Terms

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  • AA - Administrator’s Academy
  • AAAC - AYP Appeals Advisory Committee
  • AACTE - American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • AASA - American Association of School Administrators
  • AASPS - American Association of State Policy Services
  • AAVIM - American Association for Vocational Instructional Materials
  • ABE - Adult Basic Education
  • ACCESS for ELLS® - Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners
  • ACES - Application Claim and Entry System
  • ACSD - Assessment Committee for Students with Disabilities
  • ACT - American College Testing
  • ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
  • ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADE - Average Daily Enrollment
  • ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • ADP - Average Daily Participation
  • AEWL - Academic Early Warning List
  • AEWS - Academic Early Warning Status
  • AFHK - Action for Healthy Kids
  • AFR - Annual Financial Report
  • AFT - American Federation of Teachers
  • AMAO - Annual Measurable Achievable Objective
  • AOK - All Our Kids Early Childhood Network
  • AP - Advanced Placement
  • APE - Adapted Physical Education
  • APR - Annual Performance Report
  • APT - Assessment of Professional Teaching
  • ARRA - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • ASAE - American Society of Association Executives
  • ASBO - Association of School Business Officials
  • ASCD - Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • AT - Assistive Technology
  • ATEN - Assistive Technology Exchange Network
  • AVC - Area Vocational Center
  • AWS - Academic Watch Status
  • AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress
  • AYPAAC - Adequate Yearly Progress Appeals Advisory Committee

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- B -

  • BD - Behavioral Disorders
  • BEI - Board Self-Assessment
  • BGR - Board Governance Review
  • BHE - Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan
  • BOCA - Building Officials and Code Administration
  • BOE - Board of Education

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- C -

  • CACFP - Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • CCADE - Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education
  • CCOP - Consolidated Committee of Practitioners
  • CCR - College and Career Readiness
  • CCSD - Community Consolidated School District
  • CCSS - Common Core State Standards
  • CCSSM - Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • CCSSO - Council of Chief State School Officers
  • CDB - Capital Development Board
  • CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CEFTF - Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force
  • CEU - Continuing Education Unit
  • CFDA - Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
  • CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
  • CHSD - Community High School District
  • CIPA - Children's Internet Protection Act
  • CMO - Charter Management Organization 
  • CNA - Child Nutrition Act
  • CNP - Child Nutrition Program
  • COE - Code of Ethics
  • CORD - Center for Occupational Research and Development
  • COSA - Council of School Attorneys
  • COSBAC - Council of School Boards Association Communicators
  • CPDU - Continuing Professional Development Unit
  • CPI-U - Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers
  • CPPRT - Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax
  • CPI - Consumer Price Index
  • CPS - Chicago Public Schools
  • CRE - Coordinated Review Effort
  • CRP - Certificate Renewal Plan
  • CRSA - Community Residential Service Authority
  • CSBO - Chief School Business Official
  • CSFTF - Charter School Funding Task Force
  • CSHP - Coordinated School Health Program
  • CSP - The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Charter Schools Program
  • CSR - Class Size Reduction
  • CSRD - Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration
  • CTE - Career and Technical Education
  • CTSO - Career and Technical Student Organizations
  • CUBE - Council of Urban Boards of Education
  • CUD - Community Unit District
  • CUSD - Community Unit School District

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- D -

  • DARE - Drug Abuse Resistance Education
  • DCEO - Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • DCFS - Department of Children and Family Services
  • DD - Developmental Delay
  • DECA - Distributive Education Clubs of America
  • DELL - Division of English Language Learning
  • DHS - Department of Human Services
  • DIP - District Improvement Plan
  • DL - Distance Learning
  • DLM - Dynamic Learning Maps Assessment
  • DoD - Department of Defense
  • DOE - Department of Education
  • DOL - Department of Labor
  • DPSC - Due Process Screening Committee

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  • EAV - Equalized Assessed Valuation
  • ECAG - Early Childhood Advisory Group
  • ECBG - Early Childhood Block Grant
  • ECE - Early Childhood Education
  • ECERS - Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale
  • ECOS - Electronic Commodity Ordering System
  • ECS - Education Commission of the States
  • ECS - Educator Certification System (now ELIS)
  • ED - United States Department of Education/Emotional Disturbance
  • ED-RED - Education Research and Development
  • EDGAR - Education Department General Administrative Regulations
  • EEO - Equal Employment Opportunity
  • EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • EER - Electronic Expenditure Reporting System
  • EETT - Enhancing Education Through Technology
  • EFAB - Education Funding Advisory Board
  • EFAC - Education Funding Advisory Committee
  • EFE - Education for Employment
  • EFT - Electronic Fund Transfer
  • EGMS - Electronic Grants Management System
  • EI - Early Intervention
  • EIS - Early Intervening Services
  • EIS - Employment Information System
  • ELA - English Language Arts
  • ELIS - Educator Licensure Information System
  • ELL - English Language Learning
  • EMAG - Elementary and Middle Grades Advisory Group
  • EMO - Education Management Organization
  • EMP - Educator Misconduct Project
  • EOY - End-of-Year
  • EPETF - Enhanced Physical Education in Illinois Task Force
  • EPSDT - Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center
  • ESD - Elementary School District
  • ESEA - Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • ESL - English as a Second Language
  • ESP - Educational Surrogate Parent
  • ESY - Extended School Year Services

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  • FAAS - Financial Assurance and Accountability System
  • FACS - Family and Consumer Sciences
  • FACTS - Funding and Child Tracking System
  • FAGC - Food Allergy Guidelines Committee
  • FAPE - Families and Advocates Partnership for Education
  • FAPE - Free and Appropriate Education
  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Question
  • FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America
  • FCCLA - Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • FDP - Food Distribution Program
  • FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • FEWL - Financial Early Warning List
  • FFATA - Federal Funds Accountability and Transparency Act
  • FFVP - Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • FLSA - Fair Labor Standards Act
  • FMLA - Family Medical Leave Act
  • FMNV - Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value
  • FNS - Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
  • FOIA - Freedom of Information Act
  • FOP - Financial Oversight Panel
  • FP - Financial Profile
  • FRIS - Financial Reimbursement Information System
  • FRN - Federal Relations Network
  • FSMC - Food Service Management Company
  • FTE - Full Time Equivalent
  • FWL - Financial Watch List
  • FY - Fiscal Year

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  • GAC - Gifted Advisory Council
  • GAO - United States General Accounting Office
  • GASB - Governmental Accounting Standards Board
  • GEAC - Gender Equity Advisory Committee
  • GED - General Educational Development
  • GPFS - General Purpose Financial Statements
  • GMVT - Growth Model Value Table
  • GMWG - Illinois Growth Model Working Group
  • GSA - General Services Administration

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  • HACCP - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
  • HCFA - Health Care Financing Administration
  • HEA - Higher Education Act
  • HHFKA - Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
  • HI - Hearing Impaired
  • HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • H/LS - Health/Life Safety
  • HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America
  • HRC - Home School Resource Center
  • HSD - High School District
  • HSNE - Healthy School Nutrition Environment
  • HSTW - High Schools That Work
  • HTML - Hypertext Markup Language
  • HUSSC - HealthierUS School Challenge

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  • IAA - Illinois Alternate Assessment
  • IAASE - Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education
  • IABDB - Illinois Advisory Board for Services for Persons Who are Deaf-Blind
  • IAC - Illinois Accessibility Code / Illinois Arts Council
  • IACBE - Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education
  • IAECT - Illinois Association for Educational Communications & Technology
  • IAPHERD - Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • IAPT - Illinois Association for Pupil Transportation
  • IAQ - Indoor Air Quality
  • IARSS - Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools
  • IASA - Illinois Assoc. of School Administrators / Improving America’s Schools Act
  • IASB - Illinois Association of School Boards
  • IASBO - Illinois Association of School Business Officials
  • IATP - Illinois Assistive Technology Program
  • IBHE - Illinois Board of High Education
  • ICCB - Illinois Community College Board
  • ICE - Illinois Computing Educators
  • ICEPR - Illinois Collaborative for Education Policy Research
  • ICEPT - Illinois Consumer Education Proficiency Test
  • ICPEA - Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration
  • ICR - Indirect Cost Rate
  • ICS - Illinois Commodity System
  • ICSA - Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • ICTS - Illinois Certification Testing System
  • IDCFS - Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • IDHS - Illinois Department of Human Services
  • IDOT - Illinois Department of Transportation
  • IEA - Illinois Education Association
  • IEC - Illinois Energy Consortium
  • IECAM - Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map
  • IEE - Independent Educational Evaluation
  • IEG - Income Eligibility Guidelines
  • IEIN - Illinois Educator Identification Number
  • IELLAAC - Illinois English Language Learner Assessment Advisory Committee
  • IELRA - Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act
  • IELRB - Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board
  • IEMA - Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • IEP - Individualized Education Program
  • IEP - Immigrant Education Program
  • IESA - Illinois Elementary School Association
  • IFAC - Illinois Financial Advisory Committee
  • IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan
  • IFT - Illinois Federation of Teachers
  • IHE - Institution of Higher Education
  • IHSA - Illinois High School Association
  • II - Innovation and Improvement
  • IICC - Illinois Interagency Coordinating Council
  • IIRC - Illinois Interactive Report Card
  • ILCS - Illinois Compiled Statues
  • ILDS - Illinois Longitudinal Data System
  • ILDSDAC - Illinois Longitudinal Data System Data Advisory Committee
  • ILTS - Illinois Licensure Testing System
  • ILEARN - Illinois Local Education Agency Retrieval Network
  • ILS - Illinois Learning Standards
  • ILSNA - Illinois School Nutrition Association
  • IMAGE - Illinois Measure of Annual Growth in English
  • IMSA - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • IMTF - Instructional Mandates Task Force
  • INCS - Illinois Network of Charter Schools
  • INSPRA - Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association
  • IOC - Illinois Office of Comptroller
  • IOES - Illinois Office of Educational Services
  • iOS - Apple Operating System
  • IPA - Illinois Principals Association
  • IPAM - Illinois Program Accounting Manual
  • IPCRB - Illinois Purchase Care Review Board
  • IPTAC - Illinois Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee
  • IPTIP - Illinois Public Treasurers’ Investment Pool
  • IRA - International Reading Association
  • IRC - Illinois Reading Council / Illinois Resource Center
  • IRFC - Illinois Reading First Center
  • IRTF - Illinois Recess Task Force
  • ISAC - Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities
  • ISAT - Illinois Standards Achievement Test
  • ISBE - Illinois State Board of Education
  • ISC - Intermediate Service Center
  • ISCS - Illinois State Course System
  • ISDA - Illinois School District Agency
  • ISDLAF+ - Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus
  • ISEL - Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy
  • ISFSA - Illinois School Food Service Association
  • ISIP - Illinois School Improvement Planning Framework
  • ISIS - Illinois Student Information System
  • ISLE - Illinois Shared Learning Environment
  • ISLMA - Illinois School Library Media Association
  • ISOS - Illinois Secretary of State
  • ISS - In-School Suspension
  • ISRC - Illinois Service Resource Center
  • ISSRA - Illinois School Student Records Act
  • ISTA - Illinois School Transportation Association
  • ISTAC - Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative
  • I-STAR - IEP special education tracking and reporting system
  • ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education
  • ITBS - Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
  • IVHS - Illinois Virtual High School
  • IWAS - ISBE Web Application Security System

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- J - K

  • JAD - Joint Application Development 
  • JCAR - Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
  • JILG - Jobs for Illinois Graduates
  • JROTC - Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
  • JTPA - Job Training Partnership Act
  • KIDS - Kindergarten Individual Development Survey

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- L -- M -

  • LAAAC - Language Arts Assessment Advisory Committee
  • LAN - Local Area Network
  • LD - Learning Disabled
  • LEA - Local Educational Agency
  • LEND - Legislative Education Network of DuPage
  • LEP - Limited English Proficiency
  • LIPLEPS - Language Instruction Program for Limited English Proficient Students
  • LOC - Library of Congress
  • LRA - Local Records Act
  • LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
  • LPDC - Local Professional Development Committee
  • LS - Learning Supports
  • LUDA - Large-Unit District Association
  • MAAC - Mathematics Assessment Advisory Committee
  • MDR - Manifestation Determination Review
  • MIDAS - Management Information Database Accounting System

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  • NACSA - National Association of Charter School Authorizers
  • NAEP - National Assessment of Educational Progress
  • NAESP - National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • NAEYC - National Association of Education for Young Children
  • NAPCS - National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • NAPE - National Assessment of Educational Progress
  • NAPT - National Association of Pupil Transportation
  • NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NASBE - National Association of State Boards of Education
  • NASDSE - National Association of State Directors of Special Education
  • NASDTEC - National Assoc. of State Directors of Teacher Education & Certification
  • NASS - National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers
  • NASSP - National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • NASTA - National Association of State Textbook Administrators
  • NBEA - National Business Education Association
  • NBPTS - National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • NCA - North Central Association
  • NCATE - National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • NCES - National Center for Education Statistics
  • NCLB - No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • NCREL - North Central Regional Education Laboratory
  • NCRRC - North Central Regional Resource Center
  • NCRVE - National Center for Research in Vocational Education
  • NCS - National Computer Systems
  • NEA - National Education Association / National Endowment for the Arts
  • NEC - National Electric Code
  • NEH - National Endowment for the Humanities
  • NET - Nutrition Education and Training Program
  • NETS - National Educational Technology Standards
  • NFPA - National Fire Protection Association
  • NFSMI - National Food Service Management Institute
  • NGA - National Gallery of Art / National Governor’s Association
  • NGSS - Next Generation Science Standards
  • NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • NIMAC - National Instructional Materials Access Center
  • NIMAS - National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
  • NOAPPP - National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Prevention
  • NPS - National Park Service
  • NRT - Norm-Referenced Test
  • NSB - National School Breakfast
  • NSBA - National School Boards Association
  • NSDC - National Staff Development Council
  • NSF - National Science Foundation
  • NSLP - National School Lunch Program
  • NSPRA - National School Public Relations Association
  • NSTA - National Science Teachers Association
  • NSTA - National School Transportation Association

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- O -

  • OCR - Office of Civil Rights
  • OEPP - Operating Expense Per Pupil
  • OERI - Office of Educational Research and Improvement
  • OHI - Other Health Impaired
  • OIG - Office of Inspector General
  • OMA - Open Meetings Act
  • OMB - U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • ORS - Office of Rehabilitative Services
  • OS - Operating System
  • OSEP - Office of Special Education Programs (US Dept. of Ed.)
  • OSERS - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
  • OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • OT - Occupational Therapy
  • OVS - Offer versus Serve

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  • PA - Public Act
  • PAL - Planned Assistance Level
  • PARCC - Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
  • Part B - Rules for Children Pre-K through 21 Years of Age
  • Part C - Rules for Children Birth Through Two Years of Age
  • PBA - Performance-based Assessment
  • PBS - Positive Behavior Support / Public Broadcasting Service
  • PBIS - Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports
  • PCTC - Per Capita Tuition Charge
  • PDF (.pdf) - Portable Document Format
  • PEAC - Performance Evaluation Advisory Council
  • PERA - Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010
  • PFA - Preschool for All
  • PH - Physically Handicapped
  • PPFT - President’s Physical Fitness Test
  • PRESS - Policy Reference Education Subscription Service
  • PRM - Policy Reference Manual
  • PSAE - Prairie State Achievement Examination
  • PSAG - Pre-Service Standards Advisory Group
  • PSAT - Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • PSD - Public School District
  • PT - Physical Therapy
  • PT3 - Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology
  • PTA - Parent Teacher Association
  • PTAB - Property Tax Appeal Board
  • PTELL - Property Tax Extension Limitation Law
  • PTO - Parent Teacher Organization
  • PUNS – Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services

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- Q -

  • QA - Questions and Answers
  • QAIP - Quality Assurance and Improvement Planning
  • QZAB - Qualified Zone Academy Bonds

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- R -

  • RCCI - Residential Child Care Institution
  • REA - Reading Excellence Act
  • RFBD - Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
  • RFC - Regional Financial Consultant
  • RFP - Request for Proposal
  • RFSP - Request for Sealed Proposal
  • RS - Rising Star
  • ROE - Regional Offices of Education
  • RPDRC - Regional Professional Development Review Committees
  • RtI - Response to Intervention
  • RT3 - Phase 3 of the Race to the Top Program
  • RTTT - Race to the Top Program (Federal)
  • RTTT3 - Phase 3 of the Race to the Top Program

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  • SAC - Student Advisory Council to the State Board of Education
  • SAHE - State Agency for Higher Education
  • SAG - Superintendent Advisory Group
  • SAP - Student Assistance Program
  • SARC - State Assessment Review Committee (f/k/a State Testing Review Committee STRC)
  • SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • SAT-9 - Stanford Achievement Test – 9th Edition
  • SBN - School Based Nutrition Programs
  • SBP - School Breakfast Program
  • SBPTF - School Bullying Prevention Task Force
  • SBRR - Scientifically Based Reading Research
  • SCASS - State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards
  • SCOPE - South Cooperative Organization for Public Education
  • SCSC - State Charter School Commission
  • SD - School District
  • SEA - State Education Agency
  • SEARS - Special Education Approval and Reimbursement
  • SEC - Securities and Exchange Commission
  • SEDS - Special Education Database System
  • SEL - Social and Emotional Learning Standards
  • SELA - Special Education Leadership Academy
  • SEMRS - Special Education Monitoring and Reporting System
  • Senate Bill 7 - The education reform bill linking performance evaluation to employment and certification decisions.
  • SEPLB - Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (formerly STCB)
  • SES - Supplemental Education Services
  • SES - Socio-Economic Status
  • SETFPE - Stakeholder and Expert Task Force on Physical Education
  • SFA - School Finance Authority / School Food Authority
  • SFSF - State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Program / Federal State Fiscal Stabilization Funds
  • SFSP - Summer Food Service Program
  • SHAC - School Health Advisory Committee (aka Critical Health Problems (CHP) & Comprehensive Health Education (CHE) Advisory Committee)
  • SHPPS - School Health Policy and Programs Study
  • SIG - School Improvement Grant
  • SIP - School Improvement Plan
  • SIROEC - Streamlining Illinois' Regional Offices of Education Commission
  • SIRS - School Incident Reporting System
  • SIS - Student Information System
  • S&L - Speech and Language
  • SLD - Specific Learning Disability
  • SLF - State Local and Federal Financing for Illinois Public Schools
  • SLO - Student Learning Objectives
  • SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
  • SLRMA - School Leaders Risk Management Association
  • SMP - Special Milk Program
  • SNA - School Nutrition Association
  • SNP - School Nutrition Programs
  • SOS - System of Support
  • SPP - State Performance Plan
  • SRTT - School Reform Through Technology
  • SSO - Seamless Summer Option
  • SSOS - State System of Support
  • SSSTF - School Security and Standards Task Force
  • SSTF - School Success Task Force
  • STCB - State Teacher Certification Board (now known as Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board - SEPLB)
  • STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
  • STRC - State Testing Review Committee (n/k/a SARC - State Assessment Review Committee)
  • STW - School To Work
  • SY - School Year

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  • TAG - Targeting Achievement through Governance
  • TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • TAOEP - Truants Alternative and Optional Education Program
  • TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency
  • TBE - Transitional Bilingual Education
  • TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
  • TCIS - Teacher Certification Information System
  • TCPSTF - Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force
  • TESOL-BE – Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • THSD - Township High School District
  • TIF - Tax Increment Financing
  • TILAG - Teacher Instructional Leader Advisory Group
  • TIMSS - Third International Math and Science Study
  • TLCF - Technology Literacy Challenge Funds
  • TLCF - Technology Literacy Challenge Fund
  • TN - Team Nutrition
  • TPAD - Tech Prep/Associate Degree
  • TPI - Transitional Program of Instruction
  • TRRTF - Teacher Recruiting and Retention Task Force
  • TRS - Teachers' Retirement System
  • TSL - Targeting Student Learning
  • TSR - Teacher Service Record

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  • USD - Unit School District
  • USDA - United States Department of Agriculture
  • USDOE - United States Department of Education
  • USGS - United States Geological Survey

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  • VI - Visually Impaired
  • VSAG - Virtual School Advisory Group
  • VSR - Verification Summary Report

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- W -

  • WAN - Wide Area Network
  • WCSIT - Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance Trust
  • WECEP - Work Experience and Career Exploration
  • WIA - Workforce Investment Act
  • WINS - Web-based Illinois Nutrition System
  • WTW - Welfare to Work

Updated 12/19/14, Division of Public Information