Decoding the ABCs of Education

ABCs of Education
My mom works at a newspaper.

My dad runs a lumberyard.

My brother is a banker and his wife works in insurance.

My other brother sells tractors while his wife is a nurse.

My husband owns a painting company.

I could go on, but you can see that I spend a lot of time with people who are not in art education. There are times when I am talking about work and they will stare at me as if I am speaking in a foreign language. It seems our educational jargon isn’t easily understood by everyone. So, I wrote out a quick rundown of a few education abbreviations, because, as you know, sometimes it’s even hard for teachers to remember them all! What would YOU add to this list? There are definitely more possibilities for each letter!
AP – Advanced Placement

BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan

CC – Creative Commons

DOK – Depth of Knowledge

ELL – English Language Learner

FSP – Family Support Plan

GPA –  Grade Point Average

HI – Hearing Impaired

IEP – Individualized Education Plan

JK – Just Kidding (What you would love to hear after your art class gets rescheduled, yet again.)

K-12 – Kindergarten through 12th Grade

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

MFA – Master of Fine Arts

NAEA – National Art Education Association

OHI- Other Health Impairment

PLC – Professional Learning Community

QTD – Quarter To Date

RTI – Response To Intervention

STEAM –Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics

TAB – Teaching for Artistic Behavior

UNV – Unverified

VI – Vision Impaired

WIKI – What I Know Is

XL – Extra Large

YMITF – You made it this far (Middle school students can make anything into text talk.)


Z – Zzzzzzzzz (AKA What you do not want your students doing.)
I know there are a lot that I missed and I would love to see what you have to add!

What is your favorite educational acronym or abbreviation?

Which are the ones you have a hard time remembering?

Magazine articles and podcasts are opinions of professional education contributors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Art of Education University (AOEU) or its academic offerings. Contributors use terms in the way they are most often talked about in the scope of their educational experiences.


Jennifer Carlisle

Jennifer Carlisle, a middle school art educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She loves exploring and teaching art through both traditional and digital art mediums.

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