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?

Jennifer Carlisle

Jen is a middle school art teacher from Norfolk, NE who loves exploring and teaching art through traditional and digital art mediums.


  • Phyllis

    AMA Always missing art

    • Jennifer Carlisle

      FCAMA (friday classes always missing art) is my life right now.

  • Phyllis Bloxson

    You for got OGIM and TGIF! LOL

  • Mr. Post

    In Michigan there is something called MLPP. I have no idea what it is – I imagine that it means Measuring Little People’s Progress but I am sure it is something more cryptic, sinister and dreaded by the little people. There is also something called dibbels or dribbles – I think it measures kids’ ability to drool while pretending they are listening.

    • Dinoh

      hahaha, little people´s progress…ability to drool…too funny!

      All of these are new to me except NCCAS – National Common Core Art Standards or the feared Common Cores…

  • Meredith

    SLO- Student Learning Outcome

    • Fernando


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  • Judy Krueger

    This is my favorite – I work in a high school and often hear SAT. I figured they were talking about the standardized test, but no… now we have Student Assistance Teams….

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