For anyone new to a school district, understanding the lingo (particularly the shorthand) can be a bit daunting.  While this is not an exhaustive list, we have compiled a list of acronyms commonly used around the district.  If you don't see what you are looking for, send us a ticket and we'll find the right definition and post it here.  If you see anything that is inaccurate or needs a bit more clarification, send that on to use as well and we'll be happy to update it.

AcronymWhat it stands for (click link for more info)Other notesCategory


190 Form number for Discipline ReferralNo longer in use - Behavior Referral module in Infinite Campus has replaced this form.Behavior
3GRG3rd Grade Reading GuaranteeOhio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students from kindergarten through grade 3 that are behind in reading.  Information on how we record this information in Infinite Campus can be found here.Academics
504 504 plan Refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or postsecondary schooling. Academics


AA Alternate Assessment Used for students with cognitive disabilities who are exempt from Statewide Testing Testing
ABC Association Building Council  (½ elected and ½ appointed every year)
ACT American College Test College entrance test Testing
ACTRAttendance Change Tracking ReportReport that shows all attendance transactions in Infinite Campus
ADAAverage Daily Attendancenumber of days a student is present
ADMAverage Daily Membershipnumber of days a student is expected to be at school, based on date of enrollment
AIR American Institutes for Research Produces tests for social studies, math, English, and science Testing
AP Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.

The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.

ASCA American School Counselor AssociationThe American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to school counselors around the globe.


BAABehavior / Attendance Audit ReportThe Behavior Attendance Audit report in Infinite Campus identifies students who have behavior resolutions not linked to an entry in their attendance record, attendance codes not linked to a behavior resolution type or errors/conflicts in the date and time fields of the resolutions.
BBBS Big Brothers Big SistersBig Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is all about mentoring! We match caring volunteers with kids facing adversity to provide professionally-supported, structured mentoring relationships that have a measurable positive impact on our youth, our mentors and our community.
BCMHBureau of Children with Medical Handicaps
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
BLT Building Leadership Team

BOE Board of EducationColumbus City Schools Board of Education
BOY Beginning of the YearOften used in reference to testing periodsTesting


CARECrisis And Response Emergency team school based response team activated by Incident Commander/building principal, led by school counselor; assists with accountability, providing emotional support and aftermath procedures during a crisis.
CAHSColumbus Alternative High School

CCP College Credit Plus College Credit Plus is Ohio’s dual enrollment program that provides students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities.
CCRC Career & Community Resource Coordinator

CCS Columbus City SchoolsColumbus City Schools, established in 1845, is Ohio’s largest school district, serving the needs of more than 51,000 students in 109 schools.
CCSDASColumbus City Schools Distributed Application ServicesPortal for custom CCS applications built to manage internal processes and workflows. 
CD Cognitive Disability 
CEA Columbus Education Association

The Columbus Education Association developed from two organizations: The Women’s Teachers’ Association and the Columbus Men’s Teachers’ Alliance, both formed in the late 1800s. In April of 1925, the organizations merged and became the Columbus Teacher Federation, then became the Columbus Education Association in June of 1951.  The organization’s name deliberately reflected its close association with OEA and NEA

CEC Central Enrollment CenterLocated at 430 Cleveland Avenue - for student enrollment
CEC Columbus Education CenterAlso known as Central Office; 270 E. State Street, Columbus, OH  43215
CEU Continuing Education UnitA continuing education unit (CEU) or continuing education credit (CEC) is a measure used in continuing education programs to assist the professional to maintain his or her license in their profession.
CHAMPs Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation, SuccessPBIS Positive Classroom Management  
CHIPChildren's Health Insurance Program
CHIP Columbus Hearing Impaired ProgramColumbus City Schools is able to offer a variety of services to meet the needs of over 220 central Ohio students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing from preschool through twelfth grade. CHIP is a one-of-a-kind program in Columbus.
COGAT COGnitive Abilities Test group administered cognitive abilities test Testing
COHATChildren's Oral Health ActionTeam
CTE Career Technical Education


DAWDispense As Written
DDDevelopmentally Delayed/Disabled

DFYF Directions for Youth and Families

DYSDepartment of Youth Services


EAP Employee Assistance Program Guidance Resources 1-800-774-6420
ECEEarly Childhood Education

ED Emotionally Disturbed
EIS Early Intervention ServicesServices provided to a child with a disability or developmental delay from birth through age 2.SPED
EL English Learner

ELLEnglish Language Learner

EMISEducation Management Information SystemThe Education Management Information System (EMIS) is a statewide data collection system for Ohio's primary and secondary education, including demographic information, attendance, course information, financial data, and test results.
EOC End of CourseRefers to exams given to high school students at the completion of certain courses.  For each of the seven end-of-course state tests, a student earns one to five graduation points. Students have the potential to earn a total of 35 points. To meet this graduation pathway, a student must earn a minimum number of 18 points from the seven tests.Testing
EOY End of the YearOften used in reference to testing periodsTesting
EPSDTEarly and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
ESL English as a Second Language

ESCEducational Service CenterServing students, educators, schools and partners through customized programs, services and professional development
ESS Employee Self Service MUNIS application for employees
ESSA Every Student Succeeds ActThe Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a US law passed in December 2015 that governs the United States K–12 public education policy.[1] The law replaced its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and modified but did not eliminate provisions relating to the periodic standardized tests given to students.[2][3] Like the No Child Left Behind Act, ESSA is a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which established the federal government's expanded role in public education.
ETREvaluation Team Report ETR is conducted at least every 3 years, and between preschool and school-aged services to determine a student’s eligibility for special education services.SPED


FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student AidThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college.
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBAFunctional Behavior Assessment
FCCSFranklin County Children's ServicesThrough collaboration with families and their communities, we advocate for the safety, permanency and well-being of each child we serve in a manner that honors family and culture.
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a United States federal law that governs the access to educational information and records by public entities such as potential employers, publicly funded educational institutions, and foreign governments.
FR Faculty Repbuilding union representative elected every-2-odd years
FTEFull Time Equivalent
The ratio of the total number of paid hours during a period (part time, full time, contracted) by the number of working hours in that period Mondays through Fridays. 
For example: 3 employees work 50 hours, 40 hours, and 10 hours per week - totaling 100 hours. Assuming a full-time equals 40 hours per week, FTE calculation is 100 hours divided by 40 hours, or 2.5 FTE.


GPAGrade Point Average

GSA Gay Straight Alliance

GT Gifted & Talented 


HB410 House Bill 410In December 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 to encourage and support a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy.
HEP Higher Education Programs 

HS High School

HIPAAHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act


IPASSIndividualized Plan for Attainment of Success in SchoolReplaced by Options for Success (O4S)
IAT Intervention Assistance Teammade up of counselor, nurse, psychologist, teacher(s), parent, student, and/or administrator
IC Infinite CampusStudent Information System used by Columbus City Schools
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

IEP Individual Educational Plan written by SpEd teacher to accommodate for student learning styles)SPED
IKIC I Know I Can Free Access to College Program for CCS       Students only 
ILEAD Induction, Leadership, and Evaluation to Achieve & Develop  evaluation system the tab is located under STAFF on the CCS website
IOEInter-District Open Enrollment

IPDP Individual Professional Development Plan  used for license renewal
 iReadyAdaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs. 3GRG Alternative AssessmentTesting, EMIS
IT Information Technology

IV- InView 
 national test measuring cognitive abilities used for GT programsTesting


JDCJuvenile Detention Center


LEALocal Education Agency

LEP Limited English Proficiency

LGBTQ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning)

LI Leadership Intern

LLI Leveled Literacy Intervention

LRE Least Restrictive Environment


MAP Measure of Academic Progress
MD Multiple Disabilities
MFE Multi-Factored EvaluationMFE stands for multi-factored evaluation, it’s the ‘new’ term for an ETR or Evaluation Team Report.  The Multi-Factored Evaluation is the process required by IDEA to determine if a child is eligible for special education services. The process may be initiated by either school personnel or a parent. SPED
MH Multiple Handicaps
MOUMemorandum of Understanding

MOY Middle of the YearOften used in reference to testing periodsTesting
MS Middle School

MTSS Multi-tiered System of Support

District ERP Software (Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits)


NACAC National Association for College Admission Counseling

non-verbal assessment qualifying students for GT servicesTesting
NAPHName Address Personal History
NCAANational Collegiate Athletic Association

NCH Nationwide Children’s Hospital

NDNot DeterminedIf a student enrolls with CCS without complete documentation (transcript, grade cards, etc), we will still enroll the student, but put them in this ‘placeholder’ grade in Infinite Campus until an actual grade can be determined.  Only used in High School.

NEA National Education Association

NCLBNo Child Left Behind

NWEA-MAP  Northwest Evaluation Association  - Measures of Academic Progress 3GRG Alternative AssessmentTesting, EMIS


OACACOhio Association for College Admission Counseling

OASFAA Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

OCAN Ohio College Access Network

OCECDOhio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
OCROffice of Civil Rights

ODE Ohio Department of Education

ODDEXOhio District Data EXchange

OEA Ohio Education Association

OEDSOhio Education Directory System

OELPA Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment
OFSOptions for Success previously known as IPASS
OHI Other Health Impairment
OHSAA Ohio High School Athletic Association

OI Orthopedic Impairment
OIAOffice of Internal Auditor

OIP Ohio Improvement Process

OLRSOhio Legal Rights Services
ORCOhio Revised Code

OSCA Ohio School Counselor’s Association

OSS Out of School Suspension

OST Ohio State Tests  another name for AIR.Testing
OT Occupational Therapist


PALSPostive Alternative Learning for Students

PAR Peer Assistance & Review (office:  365-5110)
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support

PD Professional Development 

PDS Professional Development System  sign up, CEUs, etc for PD 
PEAKPositive Effort for Adjustment and Knowledge

PLC Professional Learning Communities

PODPoint of Distribution

PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
PSC Professional School Counselor

PT Physical Therapist


RDReading DeterminationElementary students who enroll without complete documentation confirming that the met the requirements of 3GRG are placed in this temporary grade level in Infinite Campus until it can be determined whether they should be in 3rd or 4th grade.
RFPRequest for Proposal

ROX Ruling Our Experiences  a female-empowerment group
RTI Response to Intervention


S2S Seniors to Sophomores students are full-time on a college campus, finishing their HS diploma requirements and earning credits to full-fill Freshman Year of College: more info 365-8600)
SAFESecurity Application for Enterprise

SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test college entrance test (www.collegeboard.comTesting
SBIRTScreening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment for substance useHealth
SCSC School Counselor Social Committee

SDCSecure Data Center
SDS Student Data Specialist

SEMS Reporting Absences, Substitute Employee Management System

SERSSchool Employees Retirement System

SFR Senior Faculty Rep

SISStudent Information System

SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLO Student Learning Objectives

SLP Speech Language Pathologist
SOSSigns of Suicide
SOS Student Outreach Services

SPEDSpecial Education
SSDI Social Security Disability Income

SSI Social Security Income

SSIDStatewide Student Identifier
STAR STandardized Testing and Reporting 3GRG Alternative AssessmentTesting, EMIS
STEM Science, Technology, Engineering & Math 

STRS State Teachers Retirement System


TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

TBT Teacher-based Teams

TDHTransitional Developmental Handicap
TerraNova  TerraNova is a series of standardized achievement tests used in the United States designed to assess K-12 student achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, vocabulary, spelling, and other areas. 3GRG Alternative Test Testing
 TESOLTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

TIDETest Information Distribution Engine
TN Terra Nova  national test of student achievementTesting
TORTeacher of Record

TOSA Teacher On Special Assignment


URLUniform Resource Locatorwebsite address, for example: 


VCAP Virtual Credit Advancement Program

VI Visual Impairment


WAPWritten Acceleration Plan
WEPWritten Education Plan


YAS Youth Advocate Services

YEPYear-End ProcessingTerm used for a series of steps taken each year to prepare the student information system for the upcoming school year
YSP Young Scholars Program  selective program providing college access to 8th grade students