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Problem Solving Team, Intervention Support Team, School Based Intervention Team, Response to Intervention Team, Student Support Team, Child Study Team: Though often referred to by different names, this multidisciplinary team meets to collect and review information about students who are referred for learning and/or behavioral concerns.

Code of Student Conduct: This document outlines the conduct expectations that have been adopted by the local school board and lists the consequences associated with violations of the code. At the beginning of each school year, a copy of the Code of Student Conduct is given to each student.

Common Core State Standards: The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.

EOC Assessments: The Florida End-of-Course Assessments are computer-based tests designed to measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific middle- and high-school level courses, as outlined in their course descriptions.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Through this program, students who are identified as limited English proficient receive services to assist them in becoming proficient in English.

Extracurricular Activities: These are activities organized by the school like clubs or athletic teams that happen either before, during, or after school.

Exceptional Student Education (ESE): These services are available to eligible students with disabilities. Their educational services are designed by a team that includes the parent and are documented in an individual educational plan (IEP).

FCAT 2.0: The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0, which measures student success with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, includes assessments in reading (grades 3-10), mathematics (grades 3-8), and science (grades 5 and 8).

Individual Educational Plan (IEP): An IEP is a plan developed for eligible students with disabilities by a team of parents, educators, and a representative of the school district. The plan lists accommodations the student needs as well as academic goals and teaching methods.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent Teacher Organization (PTO): This is an association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities which supports children and educational issues.

Promotion: Promotion is the process of moving up to the next grade level when a student meets grade level proficiency. Promotion decisions are made at the end of the school year based on the school district's Student Progression Plan..

Remediation: Remediation is additional help provided to struggling students. Schools may provide before school, after-school, Saturday school or summer school, using tutors, labs and special materials to provide assistance.

Retention: Retention is the process of remaining at the same grade level at the end of the school year due to the need for obtaining skills necessary before progressing to the next grade level. Decisions about retention must be consistent with the school district's Student Progression Plan.

School Advisory Council (SAC): The School Advisory Council is an advisory group made up of school staff, community members, parents, business partners, and students whose primary function is to assist in the preparation and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan.

School Improvement Plan (SIP): This is a written plan developed by the School Advisory Council that addresses school goals. The SIP helps schools to focus on setting measurable and attainable objectives.

Student Progression Plan: This plan details federal, state and local rules concerning attendance, course of study, report cards, promotion and retention, testing, grading, academic standards, transfers, credits, honors, diplomas, scholarships, accelerated learning, and related topics.

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: In Florida, these standards are what your child is expected to learn at each grade level. They are developed by the state and measured by the FCAT 2.0 Reading Assessment.

Section 504 Plan: This plan is designed to ensure that students with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limit a major life activity are provided with the accommodations and services necessary to facilitate access to education and other school activities in the least restrictive environment.