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Glossary of Acronyms

ECATS - Exceptional Children Accountability Tracking System. A secure web-based student information system for exceptional children and the MTSS process that supports online case management, compliance monitoring, data analysis, and federal and state reporting requirements. 

ELA - English Language Arts. Part of the Common Core curriculum in the NC Standard Course of Study, ELA refers to reading, literature, reading, writing and speaking and listening. 

EOC - End-of-Course tests designed to access the competencies defined by the Standard Course of Study for three mandated courses: NC Math I, English II and Biology. Tests are taken during the last two weeks of school for students on a traditional calendar and the last week of the course for students on a block schedule. 

EOG - End-of-Grade tests in English language arts/reading and mathematics (grades 3-8) and science (grades 5 and 8) that are taken by students during the last ten days of the school year. 

ESL - English as a Second Language. A program model that delivers specialized instruction to students who are learning English as a new language. 

EVAAS - Education Value Added Assessment System. SAS® EVAAS™ for K-12 is a customized software system available to all NC school districts that provides diagnostic reports quickly to district and school staff. EVAAS tools provide a precise measurement of student progress over time and a reliable diagnosis of opportunities for growth that help to identify which students are at risk for under-achievement. By viewing easy-to-understand charts and graphs accessed via the Web, users can produce reports that predict student success, show the effects of instruction at particular schools, or reveal patterns in subgroup performance. 

IEP - Individualized Education Program. The IEP is a written statement for a student with a disability that is developed, at least annually, by a team of professionals knowledgeable about the student and the parent. The plan describes the strengths of the child and the concerns of the parents for enhancing the education of their child, and when, where, and how often services will be provided. The IEP is required by federal law for all exceptional children and must include specific information about how the student will be served and what goals he or she should be meeting.

IIP - Individualized Intervention Plan. A plan designed to improve a student’s performance to grade-level proficiency. 

LEP - Limited English Proficient. In the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, the term, 'English learner' replaces the term 'Limited English Proficient' used in section 9101 of the ESEA, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). 

ML - Multilingual Learner. An individual whose native language is a language other than English or who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency and who requires a specialized language support program to participate fully in the curriculum and the state-wide assessment program.

MTSS - NC MTSS is a multi-tiered framework that promotes school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices as well as Social Emotional Learning (SEL). NC MTSS employs a systems approach using data-driven problem-solving to maximize growth for all. 

NCEXTEND1 - The North Carolina EXTEND1 is an alternate assessment designed to measure the performance of students with significant cognitive disabilities using alternate achievement standards. 

PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. Positive Behavior Intervention and Support programs are a way to impact school learning environments by establishing and reinforcing clear behavioral expectations to support high student performance and to reduce behavioral problems. PBIS site schools work to integrate their Safe Schools Plans, character education efforts and strategies, and discipline efforts to make the schools caring and safe communities for learning. 

RtA - Read to Achieve. NC state law to ensure every student reads at or above grade level by the end of third grade and progresses in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success. 

SAT - Student Assistance Team. A team who problem solves for students who are still struggling after having had Tier II or III supports in a multi tiered system of support.

SEL - Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. (CASEL, 2020) 

TIPS - Team Initiated Problem Solving is a model created out of the University of Oregon and University of NC at Charlotte for using data for problem solving and decision making that includes a systematic team process generalize-able across data sets. 

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