Here is a handy guide to many of the terms you’ll hear at Brentwood.
AISD Austin Independent School District. The website is www.austinisd.org.
Benchmarks: AISD assessments to check students’ progress in the district curriculum for grades 2 through 5. Teachers share results with Parents/Guardians. Benchmarks are done three times a year:
BOY – Beginning of the year
MOY – Middle of the year
EOY – End of the year
CAC: The Campus Advisory Council is made up of school staff, parents and community members. CACs advise the principal on budgets and other issues. Parents are welcome to attend meetings, which are held on the third Wednesday of every month.
CIP: The Campus Improvement Plan sets out three or four goals for the school each year and details how those goals will be reached. Check with the office if you’d like a copy.
CLI: The Creative Learning Initiative seeks to provide a quality arts-rich education for each and every child in Austin ISD, as well as professional development and ongoing support for teachers in arts-based instruction strategies through the collaborative support between Austin ISD, the City of Austin, MINDPOP, local artists, businesses and philanthropic organizations.
DEAR: Drop Everything and Read is classroom time set aside for students to read independently. Students choose the book they wish to read. DEAR time is included in the teachers’ daily schedules.
DRA2: Developmental Reading Assessments test reading levels in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades. Teachers do DRA2s at the beginning of the school year, in January and in May. Teachers will tell you your child’s reading level at parent-teacher conferences.
ELL: English Language Learner
ESL: English as a Second Language
GT: Gifted and Talented Program. Contact Ms. Stewart, the counselor, for information.
IPG: Instructional Planning Guides list what children should learn in each grade based on the AISD curriculum. You can find IPGs on the AISD website, www.austinisd.org.
ISIP: istation’s Indicators of Progress, Early Reading (ISIP Early Reading) is a sophisticated, web- delivered Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) system that provides Continuous Progress Monitoring (CPM) by frequently assessing and reporting student ability in critical domains of reading throughout the academic years.
LEP: Limited English Proficient
Mentoring: Volunteer mentors have a 30-minute lunch each week with a student who can benefit from a valuable, consistent and stable adult relationship.
NAEP: The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the nation’s report card on education. You can find this information at https://nationsreportcard.gov/
Partners in Education: Our school benefits a great deal from the support of local businesses and professional support. Donations of time, money and materials enrich our educational program. If you are interested in being a Partner, please contact the PTA.
PBS: The Positive Behavior Support System is a school-wide program to define, teach and support appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. PBS guidelines are used in the classroom as well as in the hallways and restrooms and outside. For more information, go to www.austinisd.org/academics/sss/pbs/
PTA: The Brentwood Parent-Teacher Association advocates for our children and helps parents get involved. PTA supports our school through fundraising for equipment and other things our teachers need, organizing volunteers and hosting special events such as the Fall Carnival.
RIF: Reading Is Fundamental is a nationally recognized program that encourages reading. Students participate in a read-a-thon and collect pledges linked to how many books they read.
Room Parent: Volunteer room parents help organize classroom parties and special events, and they collect money for teacher gifts. They might also be asked to cover the classroom while a teacher is occupied with another task. Please see your child’s teacher if you are interested.
Safety Patrol: 4th and 5th graders help students get to and from school more safely by using flags to stop traffic at crosswalks.
School Report Card: State law requires that these reports be given to the parent or guardian of every student in AISD. They report the school’s accountability rating and TAKS passing rates. For more information, contact the principal or go to www.tea.state.tx.us.
SEL: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. These skills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.
STAAR: The State of Texas Assessments Academic Readiness program includes annual assessments for reading and math (grades 3-8), writing (at grades 4 & 7), and science (at grades 5 & 8), and is given in March/April/May. STAAR results become the basis of the school’s report card on student progress. Visitors and volunteers are not allowed at school during the week of testing. For more information on STAAR, see the TEA website at www.tea.state.tx.us.
TEA: The Texas Education Agency oversees all school activity in the state. www.tea.state.tx.us.
TPRI: The Texas Primary Reading Inventory identifies the reading level of children in Kindergarten and 1st and 2nd Grades. These are taken at the beginning of the school year, in January and in May.
WOW: Work Out for Wellness provides time for structured physical activity during class to help meet state requirements.