Acronyms and Definitions Illinois State Library

AAACE - American Association for Adult and Continuing Education

ABE Adult Basic Education - ABE is instruction in the basic skills below the 9th grade level (0-8.9).

ABLE - Adult Basic Learning Exam

AEA - Adult Education Act of 1966. The federal legislation that first established adult literacy as a distinct federal program. In 1991 the National Literacy Act was incorporated into the AEA. Repealed and replaced by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in 1998.

AELS - Adult Education and Literacy System

ATEPL - Adapted Test of English Proficiency Level

ALRC - Adult Learning Resource Center

ASE - Adult Secondary Education. A component of adult education. ASE is instruction in basic skills at or above the 9th grade level (9-12). Adult High School (AHS) and GED preparation are Adult Secondary Education.

AVL - Adult Volunteer Literacy

BEST - Basic English Skills Test. An assessment designed to test listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills of limited English proficient adults.

BEST Plus - An adaptation of the BEST oral interview. Available in two versions, a computer-adaptive assessment on CD or a semi-adaptive print-based version, both administered as a face-to-face oral interview.

CAELA - Center for Adult English Language Acquisition

CALL - Center for Adult Learning Leadership

CASAS - Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System. A standardized assessment instrument for assessing adult basic skills within a functional context.

CBO - Community Based Organization

CDBG - Community Development Block Grant

CELSA - Combined English Language Skills Assessment

CIAESC - Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center

CFP - Call For Proposal

COABE - Commission on Adult Basic Education

DAEL - Division of Adult Education and Literacy in the U.S. Dept. of Education

EDP - External Diploma Program

EFF - Equipped for the Future

EFL - Educational Functioning Level

EL Civics - English Literacy and Civics Education

ELL - English Language Learner

ES - Even Start

ESL - English as a Second Language

ESLOA - English as a Second Language Oral Assessment

ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages

FL - Family Literacy

FLL - First Language Literacy

FTE - Full time equivalent

FY - Fiscal year

GED - General Education Development

HS - Head Start

IACEA - Illinois Adult and Continuing Educator's Association

ICCB - Illinois Community College Board

INS - Immigration and Naturalization Service, currently USCIS

IRA - International Reading Association

ISBE - Illinois State Board of Education

ISL - Illinois State Library

LD - Learning Disabled

LEA - Local Educational Agency

LEP - Limited English Proficient

LINCS - Literacy Information and Communication System

MELT - Mainstream English Literacy Training

NAASLN - National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs

NAEPDC - National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium

NAEP - National Assessment of Educational Progress

NAAL - National Assessment of Adult Literacy

NALS - National Adult Literacy Survey

NCAL - National Center on Adult Literacy

NCFL - National Center for Family Literacy

NCSALL - National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy

NCTE - National Council of Teachers of English

NIFL - National Institute for Literacy

NLL - Native language literacy

NRS - National Reporting System

OERI - Office of Educational Research and Improvement of US Dept. of Education

OVAE - Office of Vocational and Adult Education of US Dept. of Education

RFP - Request For Proposal

SIPDC - Southern Illinois Professional Development Center

SORT - Slosson Oral Reading Test

SOS - Secretary of State

SPL - Student Performance Level

TABE - Test of Adult Basic Education

TANF - Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Service

VESL - Vocational English as a Second Language

WIA - Workforce Investment Act of 1998

WIB - Workforce Investment Board

WSE - Workplace Skills Enhancement