Common Abbreviations and Acronyms
Used In Education

Educators often speak in an alphabetic code that can confuse the uninitiated parent. Here is a reference guide to breaking the code of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations.

ADA
Average daily attendance. Formula based on student attendance, which determines funding levels from the State to schools.
API
Academic Perfomance Index. Measurement used by the State to rank schools according to academic testing performance.
AYP
Adequate yearly progress. The pace of growth of students on standardized tests required by the federal "No Child Left Behind" laws.
BPST
Basic Phonics Skills Test. A phonics test used in grades 1 through 3, to measure students' decoding ability.
BTSA
Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment. Special training for new teachers.
CABE
California Association for Bilingual Educators.
CDE
California Department of Education.
CELDT
California English Language Development Test, which measures the level of English proficiency of students who are learning English as a second language.
CiSBIT
Stands for "California Standards Bank of Items and Tests". This is a computer program teachers use to create math and reading quizzes aligned to State standards.
CST
California Standards Test - part of the state STAR assessment program.

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DAC
District Advisory Council. A monthly gathering of parent groups from all 10 district schools. (See Committees page.)
DELAC
District English Learner Advisory Committee. A parent advisory group about issues concerning English Learners.
ELD
English Language Development. Special strategies and focus on teaching English. Our district has a commitment to seeing that every child is an English speaker by the third grade.
ELL
English Language Learners. This refers to students who are learning English as a second language.
GAMUT
Governance and Management Using Technology. A service of the California School Boards Association that publishes district policy manuals on-line. See the link under "Administration" section.
IEP
Individual Educational Plan
NCLB
No Child Left Behind. The federal legislation enacted by the Bush administration that requires students and teachers to be held to academic standards as measured by national standardized tests.
NSD
That's us! National School District.
PTO
Parent-Teacher Organization.
SABE
Spanish Assessment of Basic Education. The State achievment test for Spanish speaking students.

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SARB
School Attendance Review Board. A meeting, usually held with a family, school officials, social services and law enforcement, to discuss serious school attendance problems and set limits and consequences.
SARC
School Accountability Report Card. An annual summary prepared by each school of goals and achievements.
SDAIE
Specially Designed Content Instruction Delivered in Englsh. A teaching strategy for English learners to help them develop academic language and vocabulary in content areas, such as science and social studies.
SDCOE
San Diego County Office of Education.
SST
Student Study Team. School teaching and counseling staff meeting to determine how to best serve students' needs.
Title 1
Federal education funding for disadvantaged students.