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Terminology

Education uses a lot of acronyms and terms that may not be familiar to people outside the field of education. In an attempt to define the most common education "jargon," we have added this page. If there are acronyms or terms that we missed, or if the definition is not clear, please email karen.lampe@danvillecsd.org and we will add to or clarify them.
Acronym or Term Definition
Accommodation A change made to a classroom procedure to eliminate a
barrier a student has because of a mental/physical/learning
disability (i.e. preferential seating, tests will be read to
students, texts will be enlarged).
AESOP AESOP is a software program that our district uses to keep
track of staff absences and obtain substitutes.
ALICE ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter,
Evacuate. This is the active shooter civilian response
training in which we as staff and students have been
trained.
BEDS Basic Educational Data Survey. Twice each year the
district superintendent needs to summit this report on staff
and non-student level data to the state. The data from this
report is used to meet state and federal reporting
requirements, respond to legislative requests for
information, and support educational research. Information
comes from this website.
BOEE Board of Educational Examiners. The BOEE is the place
to call or visit for those seeking or renewing an Iowa
educational license. It also maintains a website for those
seeking jobs in Iowa and of those currently licensed to
practice in Iowa.
CAR Certified Annual Financial Report. This report of
financial data is required by Iowa Code to be filed annually
by each school district.
CASA CASA, formerly known as the C-PLAN, is a report submitted
annually by each school district to the State Department of
Education. It stands for Consolidated Accountability and
Support Application and is designed to be a "one-stop shop for compliance information in all areas."
Danville ELC Danville Early Learning Center
DAT Danville Assistance Team
DCSD Danville Community School District
ELL English Language Learner. This term generally refers to
students for whom English is not their first language.
ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act. This federal legislation was
signed by President Obama in December 2015. "It
reauthorizes...the nation's education law and...commitment
to equal opportunity for all students."
F&R Free and Reduced Lunch
FACS Family and Consumer Science. (This department was
formerly known as Home Ec or Home Economics.)
FAST Formative Assessment System for Teachers
504 Plan A 504 plan is a written document that is created for students
who have a mental/physical/learning disability that is in
need of accomodations that will give them access to the
general education curriculum. (Does not guarantee
additional instruction outside of the classroom.)
GPAEA Great Prairie Area Education Agency provides many services
to local school districts, including speech, hearing testing, media
resources, professional development classes and workshops for
teachers, and more.
IEP Individualized Education Plan. This legal document is
developed for each public school child who needs special
education and is reviewed periodically.
JMC This is the student record management software our
district uses to keep track of your child's lunch account,
attendance, and grades. It is purchased from JMC, Inc.
Lau Plan Each school district in Iowa is required to develop a Lau Plan "to
address the specific language instruction education needs" of
English Language Learners should it become necessary. It is
named the LAU Plan "from the U.S. Supreme Court's 1974
decision in Lau vs. Nichols."
MAP Measures of Academic Progress. This assessment is
given three times a year in the area of mathematics to
students in grades 9-12. It has been chosen by our district
as our state-required second assessment in math.
Acronym or Term Definition
MTSS Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. This is a "decision-making
framework of evidence-based practices in instruction and
assessment that addresses the needs of all students." For
more information, please visit this website.
NCLB No Child Left Behind. NCLB was the former federal education
act. It has now been replaced by ESSA.
PACE Pathways for Academic Career and Employment. This is a
program at Southeastern Community College (SCC) to help
students map out their goals and create a plan to reach them.
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. This
program has been implemented in our Elementary School. For
more information on this program, visit this website.
PD Professional Development
PLTW Project Lead the Way. PLTW is offered those school districts
who have teachers trained in these computer science,
engineering, and biomedical science courses. Danville
students can participate in the 9th-12th grade courses through
Burlington or New London. For more information, check out
page 76 of our Course Booklet or this website.
PPEL Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. This is a levy that a
school board may annually certify "up to 33ยข per thousand
dollars of assessed valuation." It is restricted in use to physical
facilities and equipment.
PVO Parent Volunteer Organization. This group of elementary
parents meets monthly and raises money to support special
activities for Danville Elementary School. See their web page
for more information about their purpose, activities, and to join.
RTI Response to Intervention
SAVE Secure an Advanced Vision for Education. This is one of the
funding streams for education from the State of Iowa. It is also
known as the local option sales and service tax for school
infrastructure.
SBRC School Budget Review Committee
SIAC School Improvement Advisory Committee. This committee
of students, staff, administration, and community members
meet monthly during the school year to discuss ways to
improve our school district.
SOD Meeting Suspicion of Disability Meeting
SPED Special Education
SRI Student Reporting in Iowa
STEM / STE(A)M STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics. STEAM adds Arts.
STEP Secondary Transitional Education Program. This program is
a partnership between Southeastern Community College, Great
Prairie Area Education Agency, and local schools to make the
transition from high school to career or vocation easier for
special education students. See this websitefor more
information.
Success Center A service offered at Danville, where a teacher and associates
offer assistance to K-12 students who are struggling in any
area or need additional supports. A student, parent or teacher
may make a request for service.
TAG Talented and Gifted
TLC Teacher Leadership and Compensation. The purpose of
this legislation is to improve student learning by improving
instruction through attracting and supporting promising new
teachers, encouraging teachers to learn from each other
through collaboration, and providing teacher-leaders to help
teachers analyze data, fine-tune instructional strategies, as
well as serve as co-teachers and instructional coaches.
(Description taken from this web link which provides more
information.
TQ Teacher Quality. Each year the district provides an optional
"TQ" day for teacher professional development. This day is
funded through a special teacher quality funding stream from
the state.
WCPM Words correct per minute. This term is used when we test a
student's accuracy in reading.