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An acronym is a word that is formed from the first letters of multiple words.  The use of acronyms is common in many fields, including special education.  Acronyms change often and families should feel comfortable asking for explanation of terms they are not familiar with. 

NASDE – National Association of State Directors of Special Education

NCCRESt – National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems

NCEC – Non-categorical Early Childhood

NCEO – National Center on Educational Outcomes 

NCES – National Center for Educational Statistics

NCHS – National Center for Health Statistics

NCLB – The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

NCSEAM – National Center Special Ed. Accountability Monitoring

NCSL – National Conference of State Legislatures

NDPC – National Dropout Prevention Center

NECTAC – National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

NEILS – National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study

NPRM – Notice of Proposed Rule Making

NPSO – National Post-School Outcomes Center

OCIO – Office of the Chief Information Officer, US Dept. of Education

OHI – Other Health Impairment

OI – Orthopedic Impairment

OIG – Office of the Inspector General, US Dept. of Education

O&M – Orientation & Mobility

OMB – Office of Management & Budget

ORR – Open Records Request

OSEP- Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

OSERS – Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services

PACER – Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

PBM – Performance-Based Monitoring

PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support

PEIMS – Public Education Information Management System

PIRTS – Public Information Request Tracking System

PMWG – Performance Measurement Work Group

PPCD – Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

PTI – Parent Training and Information Center

REED – Review of Existing Evaluation Data

RTI – Response-to-Intervention

RTP – Research to Practice Division, OSEP

RPTE – Reading Proficiency Tests in English

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