Office of Special Education





The use of acronyms is sometimes confusing to parents and guardians. When in doubt, ask for a translation!



AAA - Additional Adult Assistance

AAS - Additional Adult Support

ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act

ALD - Auditory Listening Device

ALS - Adapted Learning Support

Alt-MSA - Alternate Maryland School Assessment

AMO - Annual Measurable Objectives

APE - Adaptive Physical Education

AT- Assistive Technology

AUD - Audiology

AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress

BCPS - Baltimore County Public Schools

BIS - Behavior Intervention Support

BLS - Behavior and Learning Support

CLS - Communication and Learning Support

COMAR - Code of Maryland Regulations

DHH - Deaf and Hard of Hearing

ECLS - Early Childhood Learning Support

ELL - English Language Learner

FALS - Functional Academic and Learning Support

FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education

FTE - Full-Time Equivalent

FY - Fiscal Year

Gen Ed - General Education

HSA - High School Assessment

IA - Instructional Assistant

I & T - Infants and Toddlers

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IE - Inclusive Education

IEP - Individual Education Plan (for school age students)

IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan (for infants & toddlers)

IST - Instructional Support Team

JC - Job Coach Services

LRE - Least Restrictive Environment

MSA - Maryland School Assessment

MSDE - Maryland State Department of Education

OSE - Office of Special Education

OT - Occupational Therapy

PA - Personal Assistant

PRASP - Program Review and Support Process

PT- Physical Therapy

SECAC - Special Education Citizens' Advisory Committee

SL - Speech Language Services

SLP Speech Language Pathologist

SST - Student Support Team

STARS - Student Tracking and Registration System

TIENET - Technology for Improving Education (software)

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