Instructional Terminology

 

Term

 

Definition

ABE

Adult Basic Education

ACP

Academic and Career Plan

ADA

Average Daily Attendance

ADM

Average Daily Membership

AFDA

Algebra Functions and Data Analysis

AIMSWEB

A benchmark and progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment. Used in grades K-5

AL

Adolescent Literacy

AMO

Annual Measurable Objectives

Benchmark Tests

Reading and Mathematics tests that are given throughout the school year to progress monitor students on Virginia Standards of Learning

BIP

Behavior Intervention Plan

CAT

Computer Adaptive Testing

CI

Composite Index determines the locality’s and state’s share of the school division’s budget; LCI refers to Local Composite Index

CIP

Capital Improvement Plan

CLC

Content Literacy Continuum (has 5 levels of instruction)

CLC Walks

Classroom walk-throughs looking for specific SIM Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines

CogAT

Cognitive Abilities Test

Competencies

Measurable or observable knowledge, skills and behaviors learned in CTE courses

Completer

A student who has completed a sequence of CTE courses in a career focus/program of study

CER (Content Enhancement Routine)

A strand of the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM); instructional tool used by teachers to teach curriculum content to academically diverse classes in ways that all students can understand and remember key information

Cooperative Education

Courses using the coop method integrate classroom instruction with supervised on-the-job training and the related CTE student organization

Core

“The core curriculum is the course of study deemed critical and usually made mandatory for all students of a school or school system. Core curricula are often instituted at the elementary and secondary levels by local school boards, Departments of Education, or other administrative agencies charged with overseeing education” National Center on Response to Intervention.

Credentialing

Students take a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma. Students who earn a credential by passing an examination may earn up to two student-selected verified credits to meet graduation requirements

CTE

Career and Technical Education: A sequence of courses directly related to certain occupation and/or leads to post secondary education and/or employment

DDOT

Division Director of Testing

DECA

The co-curricular organization for students enrolled in marketing education

E2

E Squared is a competition exposing high school students to real-life business situations both through training by local business people and through the team experience of creating a business venture in a competitive environment

EIMS

Educational Information Management System

ELL

English Language Learners

ESL

English as a Second Language

ESSA

Every Student Succeeds Act

FBA

Functional Behavior Assessment

FBLA

Future Business Leaders of America is the co-curricular organization for students enrolled in Business Education

FCCLA

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is the co-curricular organization for students enrolled in Family and Consumer Science

FFA

Future Farmers of America - The co-curricular organization for students enrolled in Agriculture Education

Formative Assessment

“Classroom/curriculum measures of student progress; monitors progress made toward achieving learning outcomes; informs instructional decision making.”
RTI Action Network

FRAME (Framing Routine)

Instructional tool; a Content Enhancement Routine:; stands for Focus on the topic; Reveal main idea; Analyze details; Make a “So What?” statement; Extend understanding

GBRS

Gifted Behavior Rating Scale is a checklist filled out by classroom teachers during the gifted identification process

GIA

General Intellectual Aptitude, a gifted identification for students strong in all areas

GPAC

Gifted Parent Advisory Committee

Guided Reading

“Guided Reading is a context in which a teacher supports each reader’s development of effective strategies for processing novel texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty” (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996, p.3)

Home Instruction

Parent/Guardian approved to educate his/her child outside of the public school setting based on the Code of Virginia guidelines. Evidence of achievement must be submitted by August 1st.

Homebound Instruction

Instruction made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist

IA

Interactive Achievement-testing software that provides assessments based on the Virginia Standards of Learning

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Act

Investigations

A complete K-5 mathematics curriculum, developed at TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is designed to help all children understand fundamental ideas of number and operations, geometry, data, measurement and early algebra. Used in conjunction with Scott Foresman Mathematics in grades K-5.

ITRT

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher

LEA

Local Education Agency

LS (Learning Strategy)

A strand of the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM); a person’s approach to a task; the Learning Strategies Curriculum provides teachers with explicit and intensive instructional stages to teach students how to learn independently

Lexile Levels

Either an individual’s level of reading ability or the difficulty level of a text

Module

Applies to Voyager and Investigations – Content units are set up by modules (one book)

MTSS

Multi-tiered System of Supports

MVGS

Mountain Vista Governor’s School

NCLB

“NickleB” No Child Left Behind

NCTM

National Council of Teacher of Mathematics

NNAT

Naglieri Non-verbal Abilities Test

NVCG/TE

Northern Virginia Council for Gifted/Talented Education

OLSAT

Otis Lennon School Abilities Test

OMEGA

Online Management of Education Grant Awards

PALS

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening – assessment used at primary grade levels PreK-2

PEMS

Pearson Educational Management System

Progress Monitoring

“A scientifically based practice used to assess students’ academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring can be implemented with individual students or an entire class. Also, the process used to monitor implementation of specific interventions.” RTI Action Network

Quick Checks

PALS Quick Checks are short, task targeted assessments for progress monitoring purposes. The following PALS Quick Checks are available: Alphabet Recognition; Letter Sounds; Beginning Sound Production; Concept of Word; K Spelling; Pseudoword Decoding; Oral Reading in Context; and 1-3 Spelling.

Quick Reads

 

Religious Exemption

Parents/Guardians submit documentation consistent with their religious beliefs as required by the Code of Virginia. Child is released from compulsory attendance.

RTI

Response to Intervention – program to provide early academic interventions to help students who are struggling

SAA

Specific Academic Aptitude, a gifted identification for students who are gifted in only one area. (Math, English, etc)

SAM

Scholastic Achievement Manager - software that stores and provides access to the SRI results

SES

Supplemental Educational Services

SIM

Strategic Instruction Model (Ex. Content Enhancement Routines and Learning Strategies are the two strands of SIM)

SkillsUSA

The co-curricular organization for students enrolled in Trade and Industry Education

SMARTER Planning

Planning steps to ensure teaching, learning, and assessment

SMI

Scholastic Math Inventory

SOA

Standards of Accreditation

SOL

Standards of Learning; The Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools describe the commonwealth's expectations for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history and social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education.

SOQ

Standards of Quality

SRA

Stands for Science Research Associates; Reading Mastery (Primary Level) and Corrective Reading and Comprehension (Secondary Level); students make rapid strides necessary to catch up with Direct Instruction (paraphrased from the McGraw Hill-SRA website)

SRGS

Summer Residential Governor’s School

SRI

Scholastic Reading Inventory: online assessment that determines Lexile Levels

SSWS

Single Sign-on Web System

 

 

STRIDES

CCPS’ Elementary School Problem Solving Model- “Striving Toward Researched-based Interventions and Data-driven Evidence for Student Success” - A process of identifying students with weaknesses through data and to provide interventions with frequent progress monitoring

Summative Assessment

A formal method of testing students’ knowledge about a previously learned concept or unit of study

Tier 1 (Green)

Defined by CCPS’ MTTS Document; All Grades: Students who are performing at or above grade level, including children identified as gifted

Tier 2 (Yellow)

Students requiring Strategic Intervention; Defined by CCPS’ MTTS Document

Tier 3 (Red)

Students requiring Intense intervention; Defined by CCPS’ MTTS Document

Title I

Federal Law - Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 “Improving The Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged”

Title II

Federal Law - Elementary & Secondary Education Act - Title II Part A -Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals

Title III

Federal Law - Elementary and Secondary Education Act – “Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students

TSA

Technology Student Association - The Co-curricular organization for students enrolled in technology education

TTF

Technology Task Force

Twenty-first/ 21St Century Skills

Skills, knowledge and the expertise students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st Century (Includes NCLB core subjects; global awareness, finance, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy, civic literacy and health/wellness awareness; learning and thinking skills; information and communications technology literacy; and life skills)

Unit Organizer Routine

A Content enhancement routine used for each instructional unit

Universal Screener

“Universal screening is conducted, usually as a first stage within a screening process, to identify or predict students who may be at risk for poor learning outcomes. Universal screening tests are typically brief; conducted with all students at a grade level; and followed by additional testing or short-term progress monitoring to corroborate students’ risk status.” National Center on Response to Intervention

VAG

Virginia Association of the Gifted

VAST

Virginia Association of Science Teachers

VCTM

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics

VDOE

Virginia Department of Education

VGLA

Virginia Grade Level Alternative- alternative assessment for the Standards of Learning (SOL) testing in Grades 3-8

Virginia Wizard

Online college and career planning tools which assist school personnel in effectively and efficiently developing and using the ACP

VMAST

Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test-designed for students with disabilities who are learning grade-level content but cannot fairly be held to the same achievement standards as their nondisabled classmates

VPI

Virginia Preschool Initiative (state funded)

Voyager

Direct instruction model for struggling students in grades 2-5

Walk-Throughs

Four-minute visits to classroom to observe student learning and instructional strategies

WorkKeys

An alternative writing assessment for seniors who have attempted but failed the Writing SOL at least twice

WRS

Workplace Readiness Skills