January 22, 2008

Education jargon term of the day

CAROI, which means Cooperative Audit Resolution and Oversight Initiative. It is a federal mediation program run by the U.S. Department of Education used to resolve audit findings.

BCPSS and MSDE (if you don't know what institutions I'm referring to, check out our glossary of educationese, now updated to include CAROI) went through this mediation from 2004 to 2005 to figure out what to do about an audit finding problems with how BCPSS was spending its Title 1 money.

So why am I talking about this today? At tonight's school board meeting, officials are scheduled to announce that the state is permitting the school system to use the $6 million remaining from the CAROI settlement to give extra help to students who have failed one or more of the HSAs. (Title 1 and HSA: also in the glossary.)

Also tonight, the board will hear public comment on a proposed change in policy regarding who gets admission preference to Baltimore's prestigious citywide high schools.

Posted by Sara Neufeld at 3:12 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Baltimore City, EdGlossary

November 6, 2007

Our glossary of education jargon

Here is our first stab at a guide to “educationese,” the acronyms and jargon you’ll encounter in the education world. By no means do we claim it's comprehensive, but it does contain many of the terms that we use in our daily lives on the education beat. This will be a permanent post on the blog, so please feel free to send us additions and suggestions. We've divided the glossary into national, state and local sections, with subsections for terms related to No Child Left Behind and special education.

AFSCME: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The union representing custodians and maintenance and transportation workers in many school districts.
AFT: American Federation of Teachers. The nation’s second-largest teachers union. The Baltimore Teachers Union is an affiliate. (Other Maryland teachers unions fall under the nation's largest union, the National Education Association.)
AP: Can mean Advanced Placement or assistant principal. Advanced Placement is a program run by the College Board where high school students take advanced classes (called AP classes) with tests (called AP exams) at the end. The tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Scores of 3 and higher can earn students college credits (called AP credits).
AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination. A national college-preparatory program that helps students strengthen their academic skills. 

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