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Special Education Terms to Know

Updated: Aug 24



The realm of special education can be tough to navigate when first starting out. There are so many terms and acronyms thrown around that it can be difficult to keep up with what they all mean. Here at Holloway and Kimberlin, we think it is of the utmost importance that all of our clients feel prepared and knowledgable at all times. Feel free to refer to this handy guide at any time you think you may need a refresher in SPED (Special Education) lingo.


IEP - Individualized Education Program

LRE - Least Restrictive Environment

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

APR - Annual Performance Report

AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress

BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan

CEIS - Coordinated Early Intervening Services

CESA - Cooperative Educational Service Agency

CFR - Code of Federal Regulations

DPI - Department of Public Instruction

EBD - Emotional Behavioral Disability

EC- Early Childhood

ESY - Extended School Year

FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment

FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Private

ID - Intellectual Disability

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

LPP - Local Performance Plan

PLOEP - Present Level of Educational Performance

SDD - State Educational Agency

SLD - Specific Learning Disability


We know this is a lot of terms. Please don’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of information above, or feel the need to memorize all of these terms. An IEP meeting is not meant to test parents on their knowledge of special education terms. In fact, we’ve studied all of these terms so you don’t have to, so feel free to just use this as a resource.


If you feel that your child may be in need of special education services or are not receiving all of the services they are entitled to, please don’t hesitate to call the attorneys at Holloway and Kimberlin for a free consultation.

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