Important Terms and Jargon Used at School
(or What Did the Teacher Mean by _____)
1. Title I / LAP (Learning Assistance Program): extra services provided a student who is at risk for not meeting grade level expectations, funded by the federal government (Title I) or the state of Washington (LAP).
2. SLP (Student Learning Plan): a plan developed in the fall by the parent, student and teacher that identifies (a.) any extra services to be given a student, such as LAP reading, and (b) activities the teacher, student, and parent will do during the school year to help the student succeed.
3. SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment): the required state testing given each spring to all third through eleventh grade students in reading, math, and science (grades 5 and 8).
5. MAP (Measures of Academic Progress): a computer based test given to all students in grades 1 to 10 in reading and math, which tests how well students know the specific grade level skills being taught. The information helps teachers know what skills a student is ready to learn, where additional help may be needed, and/or if enrichment is needed. Scores help teachers measure progress from year to year.
6. STAR: A computer adaptive test given at progress monitoring and benchmark points throughout the year that evaluate students reading and math skills. Scores can be given for (IR) Independent Reading Level, (GE) Grade Equivalency, SS (Scaled Score), ZPD (Zone of Proximity) and PR (Percentile Rank)
7. AR (Accelerated Reader) A comprehension test taken by a student to check their understanding of a text a student has read at their independent reading level.
8. ELL (English Language Learner): the program that provides extra assistance to students for whom English is not their native language, who speak a language other than English in the home.