NYS Reform Acronyms

At a recent faculty meeting a fellow teacher confessed to not knowing what HEDI meant.  I got to thinking about how new legislation brings with it a new slew of acronyms and terminology.  I’ve attempted below to assemble as many acronyms as I can that a New York State teacher should be familiar with pertaining to current education reform. Some, I admit, may be older than the recent reforms but I feel are still pertinent.

HEDI – Highly Effective, Developing, Ineffective – The “grades” teachers will get.

APPR – Annual Professional Performance Review – This along with testing will account for most of your evaluation for the year.

RTTT – Race to the Top – Misguided federal legislation

TSU – Test Security Unit – They have been put in place to make sure teachers don’t cheat on state tests.

TSDL – Teacher-Student Data Linkages – The students that will be reflected on your evaluation.

SIRS – Student Information Repository System – Where all the student test data is stored.

EDP – Educational Data Portal – This is where you sign in a verify the TSDL.

RTI – Response to Intervention – A student doesn’t learn something the first time; the RTI is what you do about it.

RFP – Request for Proposals – Not really sure here.  I think this is the feds asking for proposals from states for grants (SIF)

RFQ – Request for Qualification – NYS is asking vendors to submit criteria for different things like evaluations.

LEAs – Local Education Agencies – Who these are I don’t know?  A district or BOCES I suppose.

SIF – School Innovation Fund grant – RTTT grants available to states.

SLO – Student Learning Objective – If a course is not state tested (or not part of the CCSS), teachers need to write SLOs.

CCSS – Common Core State Standards – Go here for me info.

DDI – Data Driven Instruction – Teaching is based on the results of quantitative data from assessments under this model.

I did much of my research for this on http://www.nysed.gov/.  Much of this is still nebulous to me.  Please, comment if you have insights into my list or additions.  I can safely predict that the more legislation the government writes the more acronyms we’ll be asked to master.