• Acronyms, Abbreviations & Terms

    Acronyms are used in the world of education and throughout Waller ISD. Acronyms should be spelled out on first reference, especially in letters and publications. The full name should be written on first reference and can be followed by the acronym in parenthesis. Subsequent references after the first reference can use the acronym.

    For example
    : The University Interscholastic League (UIL) first reference exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The UIL subsequent reference was created by The University of Texas at Austin in 1910 and has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world.

    Exceptions to the rule include well-known acronyms such as U.S., SAT, and ACT.

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    AASA – American Association of School Administrators

    ACT – American College Testing Program

    Actual (or Nominal) Tax Rate – The tax rate levied by school districts and used to calculate tax bills.

    ACE – 21st Century Afterschool Program

    ADA – Average Daily Attendance. A method of counting students for the purpose of determining state aid to school districts.

    Admin - Administration

    AEIS – Academic Excellence Indicator System. Adopted in 1991, it is a performance indicator system that measures the quality of learning on public school campuses.

    Aesop – Aesop is an automated substitute placement service. Unlike traditional sub-calling programs, Aesop completely automates the process of substitute placement and absence management.

    AP – Advanced Placement

    ARD – Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee. A committee that plans the educational program of each student eligible for special education. Members include the student’s parents, an administrator, a teacher, diagnostic personnel, and the student (when appropriate).

    ATPE – Association of Texas Professional Educators

    ASF – Available School Fund

    BTR – Budget Transfer Request


    CATE – Career and Technology Education

    CBA – Curriculum Based Assessment

    CBAC – Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee

    CIP - Campus Improvement Plan

    CIS – Communities In Schools (note the capital ‘I’)

    CIT – Campus Instructional Technologist

    COM – Campus Operations Meeting


    DSBDMC – District Site-Based Decision Making Committee

    DN – Digital Notebook


    EC  – Early Childhood

    ELL – English Language Learners

    EOC – End-of-Course (exams)

    ESC – Education Service Center (also called Regional Education Service Centers)

    ESL – English as a Second Language

    ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages


    FERPA – Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

    FIRST – Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas

    FSE – Fields Store Elementary School

    FTE – Full Time Employee


    GED – General Educational Development


    HR – Human Resources


    IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IEP – Individual Education Program (Special Education)

    IF – Instructional Facilitator

    I&S – Interest and Sinking

    ISD – Independent School District


    JES – H.T. Jones Elementary School

    JV – Junior varsity



    LEP – Limited English Proficiency

    LSSP – Licensed Specialist in School Psychology


    M&O – Maintenance and Operations


    NCLB – No Child Left Behind

    NSBA – National School Boards Association



    PARA – Paraprofessional educator

    P/D –     Principals and Directors

    PEIMS – Public Education Information Management System

    PDAS – Professional Development and Appraisal System

    PGP –   Personal Graduation Plan

    PPCD – Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

    PR – Public Relations

    PreK – Prekindergarten

    PSF – Permanent School Fund. This fund was established as a trust fund to forever guarantee a portion of the cost of public education.

    PTA – Parent-Teacher Association

    PTO – Parent-Teacher Organization


    QR Code – Quick Response Code


    RRE – Roberts Road Elementary School

    RSS Feed - Really Simple Syndication


    SBEC – State Board for Educator Certification

    SHAC – School Health Advisory Council

    SJH – Wayne C. Schultz Junior High School

    SLP – Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Language Program

    Sr. - Senior

    Supt. - Superintendent

    STAAR – State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness


    TAAS – Texas Assessment of Academic Skills

    TABE – Texas Association for Bilingual Education

    TABS – Texas Assessment of Basic Skills

    TAGT – Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented

    TAKS – Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

    TAHPERD – Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

    TAMS – Texas Association of Middle Schools

    TASA – Texas Association of School Administrators

    TASB – Texas Association of School Boards

    TASBO – Texas Association of School Business Officials

    TASL – Texas Association of School Librarians

    TASSP – Texas Association of Secondary School Principals

    TASRO – Texas Association of School Resource Officers

    TASSP – Texas Association of Secondary School Principals

    TCASE – Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education

    TCDA – Texas Choral Directors Association

    TCEA – Texas Community Education Association

    TCSS – Texas Council for the Social Studies

    TCTELA – Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

    TCTM – Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics

    TEA – Texas Education Agency

    TEAMS – Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills

    TEKS – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

    TELPAS – Texas English Learning Proficiency Assessment System

    TEPSA – Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association

    TES – Evelyn Turlington Elementary School

    THSADA – Texas High School Athletics Directors Association

    Tech  – Technology

    TMEA – Texas Music Educators Association

    TREx – Texas Records Exchange

    TRS – Teacher Retirement System of Texas

    TSCA – Texas School Counselor Association

    TSPRA – Texas School Public Relations Association

    TSTA – Texas State Teachers Association

    UIL – University Interscholastic League



    WADA – Weighted Average Daily Attendance

    WJH – Waller Junior High School

    WHS – Waller High School

    WISD – Waller Independent School District