ACRONYMS IN TEXAS EDUCATION

All the listed items are used at the TEA (Texas Education Agency Website). This guide
is meant to help the user approach these acronyms for the first time. More extensive discussion
of each acronym can be found by using SEARCH at the TEA Website.

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AEIS-- Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) reports  pull together a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year. These reports also provide extensive information on school and district staff, finances,  programs and demographics.

ATPE-- Association of Texas Professional Educators

CPDTs-- Centers for Professional Development of Teachers (Baylor's Partners Project is cited).

CRP--Class-Size Reduction Program. The intent and purpose of the Class-Size Reduction Program is to reduce class size in the early elementary grades to 18 or fewer students using highly qualified teachers to increase achievement for regular and special needs students by providing personal attention and a solid foundation for further learning so that all students learn to read independently by the third grade. The Federal Class-Size Reduction Program is administered through the Division of Student Support Programs in the Department of Special Populations at the Texas Education Agency.

CSRD-- Comprehensive School Reform Program

DAP-- Distinguished Achievement Program--one of two options by which student can graduate and, upon proving financial need, receive funding via TEXAS Scholarship Program for college costs.

Ed Tech PILOTS-- PILOTS stands for Providing Increased Learning Opportunities for Texas Students is a program whereby pilot programs integrating technology in Texas schools will be funded after being selected through an application  process to take place fall 1999. Jointly Administered by textbook division and Instructional Technology Division.

Ed-Flex-- “Ed-Flex” is the short name for the Education Flexibility Partnership Demonstration Program. Texas was one of originally six states, with the number now growing, allowed some leeway in mandates issued via Education 2000 and this program administers them.

EMAT-- Educational Materials--Passworded entry for textbook coordinators, etc. accessing pertinent ordering information and procedures, including audits.

ESC-- Education Service Centers

ESL-- English Second Language

ExCET-- Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas

FERPA-- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's education records. The law applies to all schools which receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student, or former student, who has reached the age of 18 or is attending any school beyond the high school level. Students and former students to whom the rights have transferred are called eligible students.

GED-- General Educational Development--passage of tests can yield a high school diploma. The tests measure adults' ability to understand and apply information; to evaluate, analyze, and draw conclusions, to solve problems, and to express ideas and opinions in writing.

GPC-- Grade Placement Committee--Under state law (House Bill 4) eliminating social promotion students not passing TAAS reading and math after 2003 in grade 3 will be retained. The committee will have final say on all contested failures.

IDEA-- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federally mandated program providing assistance to states for the education of children with disabilities and early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

ITL-- Improving Teaching and Learning (ITL) grants were awarded on February 25, 1999, to 137 campuses in 31 school districts and are funded under the Comprehensive School (CSRD) authorized by Public Law 105-78.

LEP-- Limited English Proficiency

OEY-- Optional Extended Year Program, designed to offer students additional time to master the state's challenging content standards and student performance standards.

PEIMS-- Public Education Information Management Systems--PEIMS encompasses all data requested and received by TEA about public education, including student demographic and academic performance, personnel, financial, and organizational information.

PETs-- Projects for Educational Technology (PETs) are demonstration models or pilots designed to provide Texas students, teachers, and administrators opportunities to test the uses, effectiveness, and feasibility of technologies in education and to facilitate the use of technology in restructuring educational systems.

P-PST-- Pre-Professional Skills Test-- Only for persons out of state seeking admission to an alternative certification program in Texas

RHSP-- Recommended High School Program--one of two options by which student can graduate and, upon proving financial need, receive funding via TEXAS Scholarship Program for college costs.

RPTE-- Reading Proficiency in English for LEP Students

SBEC-- State Board for Educator Certification

SBOE-- State Board of Education

SDFSC-- TITLE IV--The purpose of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program is to: 1. Support programs that prevent violence in and around schools;  2. Prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; 3. Involve parents; and 4. Coordinate with related federal, state and community efforts and resources to promote safe and drug-free schools and communities.

TAC-- Texas Administrative Code--The TAC is the official compilation of all final state agency rules published in the Texas Register.

TAGT-- Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

TASA-- Texas Association of School Administrators

TASB--Texas Association of School Boards

TASC-- Texas Assessment of Sign Language--for certification sign language teachers

TASC-ASL-- Texas Assessment of Sign Language-American Sign Language--for certification sign language teachers.

TASP-- The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) Test, a test of reading, writing and mathematics, must be passed prior to taking any professional develop coursework or entering any teacher preparation program or prior to beginning an alternative certification program.

TEC-- Texas Education Code

TED-- Texas Educational Directory--The Texas Education Directory system provides current directory and mailing information for Texas education related  organizations such as schools, school districts, and Regional Education Service Centers. Data for mailing labels can also be downloaded.

TEKS-- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills--Districts are required to provide instruction in the essential knowledge and skills of the appropriate grade levels in the foundation curriculum. Districts are to use the essential knowledge and skills in the enrichment curriculum as guidelines for instruction.

TESS-- The Educational Software Selector (TESS) is a comprehensive listing of approximately 20,000 school software products from over 1000 publishers. It is designed to assist educators in making informed decisions when selecting and purchasing software.

TIE-- Technology Integration in Education--data about how this is being accomplished in Texas schools.

TLA--Texas Library Association

TLC-- Texas Library Connection

TOPT--Texas Oral Proficiency Test--part of teacher certification process. The Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) must be passed in order for one to obtain a elementary French, secondary French, elementary Spanish, secondary Spanish or Bilingual (Spanish) teaching certificate.

TSII-- Texas School Improvement Intitiative. TSII is 1. A statewide educational leadership network, 2. A cadre of school district representatives trained in effective school practices. 3. Practitioners with expertise in analyzing student outcomes, planning, decision making, and program evaluation, and 4.. Practitioners who participate in on-site peer review evaluations.

TSR-- Teacher Self Report--The Teacher Self-Report is a tool to assist the teacher in aligning individual instructional goals with campus goals and student needs and as a means to document how that alignment is taking place. It is a component of PDAS.

TSSAS-- Texas Successful Schools Award System--The Texas Education Code (TEC), Section 39.092, provides for financial awards to schools that have demonstrated the highest levels of sustained success or the greatest improvement in achieving the education goals.

T-Star-- Texas School Telecommunications Access Resource--The T-STAR Information and Training Center provides training, support and encouragement for the use of this  resource.

WADA--Weighted Average Daily Attendance. It is a measure of the extent a school district's students in average daily attendance are participating in special programs (special educaiton, career and technology education, bilingual education, compensatory education, and gifted education.  WADA is used in the calculation of a school district's TIER II entitlement.  WADA is also use for determination of wealth status and recapture amounts.


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