Common Acronyms & Initialisms

504 Plan – Accommodations Plan for Special Needs
A Team –Administrative Team
ACT – American College Testing
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
AP – Assistant Principal or Advanced Placement Course
ASA - Assistant School Administrator 
ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
AVP – Area Vice-President of MCCPTA
AYP – Adequate Yearly Progress
BAC - Business Advisory Council
BOE – Board of Education
BTSN – Back to School Night
CB – College Board
CC – PTA Cluster Coordinator
CEIJ - Claim, Evidence, Interpretation, Judgment
CESC - Carver Educational Services Center
CI - Continuous Improvement or College Institute Program
CIP - Capital Improvements Program
COMAR - Code of Maryland Regulations
CTBS - Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills
DA - Delegates Assembly
DCC – Downcounty Consortium (Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, Wheaton High Schools)
DSS - Deputy Superintendent of Schools
EB – Eagles Bulletin
EFO - Educational Facilities Officer
EMT - Educational Management Team
ES - Elementary School
ESL - English as a Second Language
ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages
ESY - Extended School Year
FAPE - Free and Appropriate Public Education
FARMS - Free And Reduced-price Meals System
FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FLES - Foreign Language in the Elementary School
GAC - Guidance Advisory Committee
G/R - Grading and Reporting
GT - Gifted & Talented
HS - High School
HSA - High School Assessment
HVAC - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
IB - International Baccalaureate
IC – Instructional Council
ICB - Interagency Coordinating Board
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP - Individualized Education Plan
IPT - IDEA Proficiency Test
ISS - In School Suspension
ITV - Instructional Television
LAD - Learning and Academic Disabilities
LD - Learning Disabled
LD/GT - Learning Disabled/Gifted and Talented
LEP - Limited English Proficiency
LFI - Learning for Independence
- Least Restrictive Environment
MCCPTA - Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations
MCCPTA EPI - Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations Educational Programs Incorporated
MCEA - Montgomery County Education Association
MCFT - Montgomery County Federation of Teachers
MCT - Montgomery County Teachers
MCPS - Montgomery Count Public Schools
MCR-SGA - Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association
- Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
M-PAC – Maryland’s Parent Advisory Council
MS - Middle School
MSA - Maryland School Assessment
MSAP - Maryland Student Assistance Program
MSDE - Maryland State Department of Education
NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NCLB - No Child Left Behind Revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act
NEC – Northeast Consortium (Blake, Paint Branch and Springbrook High Schools)
NMSC – National Merit Scholarship Corporation
NSL – National, State and Local Government Course
OARS - Online Achievement Reporting System (Pinnacle/Edline, used by staff/parents)
OAT - Organizing & Analyzing Teaching
OCIP - Office of Curriculum and Instruction
OCTO - Office of the Chief Technology Officer
- Office of Shared Accountability
OSDM - Office of Student Data Management
- Office of School Performance
OSS - Office of the Superintendent of Schools
OSSI - Office of School Support & Improvement
PAC - Parent Advisory Committee
PARCC - Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
PE - Physical Education
PGS - Professional Growth System
PLAR - Planned Life-cycle Asset Replacement
PLC - Professional Learning Community
POCR - Post Observation Conference Report
POLICY FAA - Board of Education Policy on Long Range Facilities Planning
PONY - MCPS internal mail system for sending documents among schools and central office
PSAT – Preliminary Scholastic Apptitude Test
PSAT/NMSQT - National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
P/T - Parent/Teacher
PTSA – Parent Teacher Student Association
RT – Resource Teacher (Department Head)
SAG - Spending Affordability Guideline
SAP - Student Assistance Program
SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test
SGA - Student Government Association
SIP - School Improvement Plan (Baldrige)
SMOB - Student Member of the Board
SNAP - School Nutritional Accountability Program
SPED - Special Education
SSS – Student Support Specialist
SVHS – Seneca Valley High School