Eduspeak Gives Me a Headache.

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I'm Carl.  My Head Hurts.

I’m starting to think our sole purpose as educators is to confuse the rest of the world.  

We spend way too much time speaking in initials.

No one… and I mean no one… has any idea what we are talking about.

Below I’ve listed 25 educational acronyms. 

If you know more than 15, you definitely work in education.

If you know more than 20, you are school administrator material.

If you can translate all 25 (and sadly, I can), you are a gigantic dork who needs a hobby.

Answers are at the bottom. 

Don’t cheat.  I’m watching you (as is Buddy the Dog’s crazy Uncle Carl… he’s the handsome devil above).

1.  AASA

2.  ACT

3.  CPS

4.  IDEA

5.  OPMA

6.  GPA

7.  NEA

8.  ASBO

9.  TRS

10.  FICA

11.  AFT

12.  IEP

13.  NAESP

14.  SAT

15.  NSBA

16.  AESD

17.  NCLB

18.  ASCD

19.  GED

20.  ASFSA

21.  RTI

22.  NREA

23.  NASSP

24.  EEOC

25.  SAT

Bonus:  CYA

Answers:  1. American Association of School Administrators  2. American College Test  3. Child Protective Services  4. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  5. Open Public Meetings Act  6. Grade Point Average  7. National Education Association  8. Association of School Business Officials  9. Teachers’ Retirement System  10. Federal Insurance Contributions Act  11. American Federation of Teachers  12. Individualized Educational Program  13. National Association of Elementary School Principals  14. Scholastic Assessment Test  15.  National School Boards Association  16. Association of Educational Service Districts  17. No Child Left Behind  18. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development  19. General Education Development Tests (or Certificates)  20. American School Food Service Association  21. Response to Intervention  22. National Rural Education Association  23. National Association of Secondary School Principals  24. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  25. Scholastic Aptitude Test  Bonus: Cover Your A**

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14 Responses to “Eduspeak Gives Me a Headache.”


  1. Alicia Kessler
    on Jun 3rd, 2010
    @ 10:50 am

    You need the bonus to take care of the other 25 right?


  2. AllanahK
    on Jun 3rd, 2010
    @ 1:14 pm

    We had an afternoon last week just to go through our NZ list- and it’s growing.

    My favourite at the moment tl:dr

    http://linklearning.wikispaces.com/Vocabulary

    Too Long: Didn’t Read

    Which proves that I have the attention span of a gnat.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @AllanahK, If you have the attention span of a gnat… I’m willing to bet that mine is shorter.


  3. Unklar
    on Jun 3rd, 2010
    @ 1:58 pm

    With the bonus, I got 20 without having to think too hard. That is scary.

    One you forgot: ROTFLMAO


  4. Melanie
    on Jun 3rd, 2010
    @ 6:46 pm

    And don’t forget WTF? which is my response to administrators who want me to box up the school’s stuff, but don’t provide me with boxes in which to put said stuff.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Melanie, I’m not familiar with WTF.

    Adminitrators don’t use this type of language. :)


  5. Jackie Ballarini
    on Jun 3rd, 2010
    @ 7:12 pm

    When I read “CPS” I immediately thought of “Chicago Public Schools.” DCFS I would have gotten.


  6. Jim
    on Jun 4th, 2010
    @ 8:37 am

    I only got 16, plus the bonus (but you duplicated National School Boards Association). Maybe I need to turn in my admin credential?


  7. Olwyn Hughes
    on Jun 4th, 2010
    @ 7:36 pm

    I only got 5 but seeing as how I am Canadian I figure that 5 is decent!

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Olwyn Hughes, Not bad for a hockey fan.


  8. Karen
    on Jun 5th, 2010
    @ 6:36 pm

    I have some more to add to the list
    TPA
    FQL
    PLC
    VRS
    AEA
    VEA
    SOL
    PALS
    VSBA
    NAESP
    SOL (not to be confused with SOL #1)
    AYP
    I’ll tell you the answers if you want but you probably don’t!


  9. Karen
    on Jun 5th, 2010
    @ 7:12 pm

    Oh yeah, I forgot…
    GRT
    SPED
    CTIP
    ITRT
    SIS
    SASI
    SIP
    SBIT
    PMOC
    DOE
    ACLP
    ERC
    And I am sure there are more but I am tired of thinking of them.


  10. Karen
    on Jun 5th, 2010
    @ 7:21 pm

    ESOL
    ELL
    PTO
    PATSO
    I am really done now.


  11. Erich D.
    on Jun 26th, 2010
    @ 6:40 pm

    You are very talented. And sarcastic. :)

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