Thursday, March 13, 2014

SOL Day 13: The Alphabet Soup of Education

As any teacher will tell you, Education is a constant navigation of any number of acronyms, abbreviations, and initiatives. The Alphabet Soup of Education will make even the most seasoned
teacher's head spin. Thanks to a couple of those handy dandy acronyms, I spent the day today with a couple of more acronyms, doing assessments. So, here's a rundown of some of the acronyms I have become familiar with over the course of the last several years as a teacher. Some of them you, as teachers, will be familiar with. Some are unique to my state and some are only familiar to those in my district.

OTES: Ohio Teacher Evaluation System
SLO: Student Learning Outcome (or Objective, I'm not really sure.)
IEP: Individual Education Plan
IAT: Intervention Assistance Team
IPDP: Individual Professional Development Plan
LPDC: Local Professional Development Committee
HEA: Hilliard Education Association
OEA: Ohio Education Association
NEA: National Education Association
ODE: Ohio Department of Education
PD: Professional Development
SMART Goal: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely
F&P: Fountas and Pinnell
DMA: Developmental Math Assessment
DSA: Developmental Spelling Assessment
OAA: Ohio Achievement Assessment
OGT: Ohio Graduation Test
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ELL: English Language Learners
AYP: Adequate Yearly Progress
HQT: Highly Qualified Teacher
LD: Learning Disabled
LEP: Limited English Proficiency
ELA: English Language Arts
NCLB: No Child Left Behind
PTO: Parent Teacher Organization
SACC: School-Age Child Care
SLP: Speech Language Pathologist
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

I'm sure there are many more that I have missed or forgotten about. But, as I said previously, the amount of acronyms just makes my head spin. 


  1. That's a long list! I'm an Army brat...and the Army is notorious for having an acronym for everything. Maybe that background will prepare me for teaching one day?

  2. Yeah, if you can keep acronyms and initiatives straight, you'll be in good shape!

  3. This is impressive! Scary when we see them all laid out like this!