Lowell Public School System

Common Acronyms in Adult Education

Acronym Description
AAACE American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
ABLE Adult Basic Learning Exam
ABE Adult Basic Education
ACLS Adult and Community Learning Services (MA DOE)
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADP Adult Diploma Program
AEA Adult Education Act
APL Adult Performance Level
ASE Adult Secondary Education
BE Bilingual Education
BEST Basic English Skills Test
CBO Community-Based Organization
DAEL Division of Adult Education and Literacy (US DOE)
DET Department of Employment and Training (MA)
DOC Department of Correction (MA)
DOE Department of Education
DOL Department of Labor
DPW Department of Public Welfare
DTA Department of Transitional Assistance
EDP External Diploma Program
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
ESL English as a Second Language
ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages
FL Family Literacy
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
JTPA Job Training Partnership Act
LAEC Lowell Adult Education Center
LEA Local Educational Agency
LD Learning Disabled
LPS Lowell Public Schools
LVA Literacy Volunteers of America
LVM Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts
MALTT Massachusetts Adult Literacy and Technology Team
MATSOL Massachusetts Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
MCAE Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education
MJC Massachusetts Job Council
MIS Management Information System
NALS National Adult Literacy Survey
NCAL National Center on Adult Literacy
NCSALL National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
NELRC New England Literacy Resource Center
NRS National Reporting System
ORI Office for Refugees and Immigrants
OVAE Office of Vocational and Adult Education (US DOE)
PALMS Partnerships Advancing the Learning of Mathematics and Science (MA)
PIC Private Industry Council
PS Program Specialist
REB Regional Employment Board
RFP Request for Proposal
SABES System for Adult Basic Educational Support (MA)
SDA Service Delivery Area
SEA State Educational Agency
SMARTT System for Managing Accountability and Results Through Technology
SPL Student Performance Level
TA Technical Assistance
TABE Tests of Adult Basic Education
TAG Targeted Assistance Grant
TESOL Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
VISTA Volunteers in Service to America
WIA Workforce Investment Act
YALD Young Adults with Learning Disabilities