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Abbreviations



AE Age Equivalent

BASC Behavior Rating Scale for Children (test)

BSEA Bureau of Special Education Appeals

CA Chronological Age

CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder                                                                         

CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

DESE Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

DOE Department of Education

ECF Evaluation Consent Form (N1)
ECSE Early Childhood Special Education
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment

FCSN Federation for Children With Special Needs

GLE Grade Level Expectations
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP Individualized Education Program (The IEP is a contract between the school district and the parent.)

IQ Intelligence Quotient
504 Accommodation Plan
LEP Limited English Proficient

LRE Least Restrictive Environment

MA Mental Age

RTSC The Recruitment, Training and Support Center a project of FCSN

SESPs Special Education Surrogate Parents a project of FCSN

Office Locations


  • Needham Office

    687 Highland Avenue Needham,MA 02494

  • Chelmsford Office

    2 Courthouse Lane, Suite 3 Chelmsford, MA 01824

  • Beverly Office

    500 Cummings Center, Suite 3850 Beverly, MA 01915