Terms and Acronyms

A.D.A. – Americans with Disabilities Act.

ADA – Average Daily Attendance is per pupil accounting of student attendance. The state of California pays districts based on total ADA for all students.

CAC – Community Advisory Committee is composed of persons appointed to advise the SELPA on various aspects of the Local Plan.

CALPADS – California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System

FAPE – Free and Appropriate Public Education – legal right under IDEA for each eligible child with a disability to be provided with the special education and related services as described in an IEP and under public supervision at no cost to the parent/guardian.

IDEA 04 – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Reauthorization of 2004 – This federal law identifies the elements of special education and the requirements/mandates of the public education system to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

IEP – Individualized Education Program – developed for each special education pupil, identifying the child’s eligibility for special education, present levels of performance, the educational goals (and objectives if appropriate), special factors to consider, and services to be provided.

LEA – Local Education Agency – any local school district, County Office of Education or independent charter school which has responsibility to provide special education services to eligible students.

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment – an appropriate educational placement which permits a pupil to participate as fully as possible with nondisabled peers while still addressing the services identified in the IEP.

SELPA – Special Education Local Plan Area – one or more districts forming geographic regions of sufficient size and scope approved by the California Department of Education to provide a comprehensive range of special education programs and services for students.

For more information and each SELPA’s contact information, please go to https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/as/caselpas.asp