Special Education Acronyms

We have so many acronyms in the education world!  If someone sat in on a grade level meeting they would wonder what language we are speaking.  The hard part is, we don’t always remember what all the acronyms mean, at least the ones that aren’t used as often.  

As a special education teacher, I always try to lead with “Specific Learning Disability” instead of “SLD” to remind people what “SLD” meant.  

I’ve created a little Special Education cheat sheet for you to keep in your teacher binder or wherever you need it most!  I know my school had specific committee names or other acronyms that were just for our school so I left space at the bottom for you to add those too.

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You can download a copy of this sheet from my Teachers Pay Teachers store!


This is not an exhaustive list!  The acronyms included are the ones I’ve used and heard the most often as a teacher.  This resource is meant to be quick and easy to use, not a huge database to find every single acronym.  Although, if you can’t find what you are looking for on this list, check here.

Also, never feel bad asking someone what they are talking about!  Better to be informed and learn than to pretend you know what’s going on and miss what is happening.  I remember my first year of teaching I didn’t want to be a bother to anyone.  I didn’t want to weigh others down or make more work for others.  What I learned was, ask the first time you don’t know something, than you won’t be doing something wrong over and over!  

HTIU (Hope this is useful!)