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support staff


Employees who provide administrative, technical, and logistical support to a school or education program.
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appropriation


Authorization granted by a governing body to make specific expenditures and incur obligations for a specific purpose (such as paying salaries or utilities) that appears as a budget line item.
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a- ability grouping


Selection or classification of students for schools, classes, or other educational programs based on differences in ability or achievement.
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accountability


Holding governing bodies, districts, schools, and students responsible for student success as well as the efficient and effective use of money and other resources.  Also implies public reporting of measures and results.
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achievement gap


Persistent differences in achievement among different groups of students as indicated by scores on standardized tests, teacher grades, and other data.  Usually refers to disparities in achievement levels of student groups based on race, ethnicity or family income.
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achievement tests


Tests used to measure knowledge, understanding, or skills acquired from academic work.  Results are used to provide information about the strengths and weaknesses of individual students in addition to those of academic programs. They are sometimes used to compare the scores of individual students and schools with others.
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act


Formerly known as the American College Test, but now known only by its acronym, ACT is one of two major tests used for college admissions. State institutions vary in their preference for the ACT or its competitor, the SAT, also known only by its acronym.
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activity fund


A fund containing monies received and distributed for certain activities within the school district, such as PTA/PTO funds, candy sales, and club or class treasuries.
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ada


See Americans with Disabilities Act
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