Buzz Words and Acronyms


PES – Pelham Elementary School – 61 Marsh Road 635-8875 (Grades Pre-k thru 5th)

PMS – Pelham Memorial School – 59 Marsh Road 635-2321 (Grades 6th – 8th)

PHS – Pelham High school 85 Marsh Road 635-2115 (Grades 9 – 12)

SAU 28 – School administrative Unit 28 is the number given to identify Pelham

PSD – Pelham School District

PSB- Pelham School Board

IEP- Individualized Education Plan

ESY – Extended School Year (also known as summer school)

ESD – Extended School Day

OHI – Other Health Impaired

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD os a medical condition that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, and pay attention.

ISP- Individual Service Plan

LD- Learning Disability

IA- Instructional Assistant (also known as a para or paraprofessional)

PARA- Paraprofessional (also known as an instructional assistant)

RA- Rehab Assistant (also known as an instructional assistant or paraprofessional)

EH/ED- Emotionally Handicapped/ Emotionally Disturbance

ABA – Applied Behavioral Analysis

SLP – Speech & Language Pathologist

LEA – Local Education Agency – Also known as School District

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

OT/PT – Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

HQT- Highly Qualified Teacher-Highly Qualified Teachers: To be deemed highly qualified, teachers must have: 1) a bachelor's degree, 2) full state certification or licensure, and 3) prove that they know each subject they teach. (US Dept of Ed The highly qualified teacher provision is one of the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. (NH Rules pg 12)

FAPE- Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA-The FBA used to develop a hypothesis or a theory about the purpose or function that the behavior serves. Is this behavior an attempt to get of something, to assist the child to self regulate or express an emotion? This information is then used to develop a behavior intervention plan (BIP)

RTI- Response to Intervention

FVB- Functional Behavioral Assessment

BIP- Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) documents the strategies, supports and methods that will be used to address the behaviors and used to teach more appropriate behaviors. A BIP should include strategies that will prevent the behavior from recurring. The BIP must include positive interventions and strategies.

NHSEIS- It is a computer-based special education data base and retrieval system that confidentially maintains personally identifiable data used for program development, monitoring, compliance, and reporting to the State Board of Education, the New Hampshire legislative bodies, and the U.S. Department of Education. (NH Rules pg 23)

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