Family Rights and Education Privacy Act (FERPA)--A federal statute which ensures that parents have access to their children’s educational records.  It also protects the privacy of both parents and children by limiting access to the records without parental consent.

Fluency(reading)-generally refers to the ability to accurately read a teeth at an appropriate pace with adequate voice inflection and prosody.

Focus (in Writing)--An effective piece of writing establishes a single focus and sustains that focus throughout the piece. Just as a photographer needs to focus on a particular subject to produce a clear picture, a writer needs to focus on a single topic or main idea in order to produce an effective piece of writing.

Focus (in terms of Attention)--Focus is the thinking skill that allows people to begin a task without procrastination and then maintain their attention and effort until the task is complete. Focus helps people pay attention in the midst of distractions and setbacks and to sustain the effort and energy needed to reach a goal.

Formative Assessment--ongoing assessment of short intervals of learning.  Typically used to adjust and modify instruction as necessary.

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)--an assessment of a student’s behavior. An FBA is used when developing positive behavioral interventions for a child with a disability.

Gifted and Talented--a student whose mental capacities develop ahead of chronological age.

Goals--The section of an IEP where the student’s needs are reflected as goals that will be frequently measured to ensure the student makes meaningful educational progress



Grade Point Average (GPA)--an overall average (usually on a 4 pt. scale) which indicates the student’s performance across all classes.  4 = A, 3 = B, 2 = C, 1 = D, and 0 = failing.

Group Therapy

Health Plans--A formal written agreement developed with the interdisciplinary collaboration of the school staff in partnership with the student’s family, the student, and the student’s health care provider(s)

High Functioning Autism (HFA)--This classification is reserved for students who are considered “mildly” autistic and who can function pretty well.

High School Placement Test (HSPT)--a test used to determine a student’s abilities across several content areas.  Often used to rank students or offer acceptance to a school.

Higher Education--referring to education beyond high school

Highly Qualified Teachers (HQ)

Home School and Community Council Meetings (HSCC)--an interagency meeting where representatives from the school, the community (relevant agencies, etc.) meet with the parents to determine a coordinated plan to support the student

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