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United States Department of Education (Departamento de Educación de los EE.UU. ( – A Cabinet-level department of the United States government administered by the United States Secretary of Education.

It has 10 principle departments responsible for overseeing its programs:

  • Federal Student Aid (FSA)
  • Institute of Education Sciences (IES);
  • Office of the Deputy Secretary (ODS);
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE);
  • Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA);
  • Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII);
  • Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE);
  • Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS);
  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS); and
  • Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).


Universal Design (Diseño universal) – A way of designing products and services so that they can be used by people with the widest range of abilities.  See also Texas Assistive Technology Network resources.


Universal Screening (Pruebas diagnósticas universales) – A step taken by school personnel early in the school year to determine which students are “at risk” for not meeting grade level standards.  Universal screening can be accomplished by reviewing a student’s recent performance on state or district tests or by administering an academic screening to all students in a given grade. Students whose scores on the screening fall below a certain cut-off point are identified as needing continued progress monitoring and possibly more intensive interventions.  See also Response to Intervention.

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