Education Terms

Ability grouping
Academic Advisor
Achievement Tests
Alternative Assessment
Alternative School
Below Average
Basic Skills
Bachelor’s Degree
Below Average
Cognitive Learning
Collaborative Learning
Context Clues
Conflict Management
Core Curriculum
Cyber Schools
Differentiated Instruction
Distance Learning
Emotional Development
Formative Assessment
Functional Illiteracy
Gender Bias
Guidance Counselor
Inquiry-based Learning
Interactive Learning
Learner-centered Classroom
Learning Disability
Placement Exam
Performance Tasks
Performance Assessment
Reference Tools
Sight Vocabulary
Story Elements
Special Needs Students
Transfer of Learning
active learning
inclusive pedagogy
Assigning students with similar skills to learning groups.
The member of the teaching staff assigned to provide school advice and guidance to students.
Tests used to measure how much a student has learned in various school subjects
Any form of measuring what students know and are able to do other than traditional tests. Examples are: oral reports, projects, performances, experiments, portfolios (collections of student’s work), and class participation.
A public school designed by a school district to serve students whose needs are not being met in the traditional public school environment.
A combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a trade professional.
Teacher-made tests, standardized tests, or tests from textbook companies that are used to measure a student's skills or knowledge.
Under the usual, expected, or ordinary quality or performance.
The fundamental skills needed to succeed in school and eventually in life. Historically, these skills have included the ability to read, write, and calculate (math).
An award that normally requires at least four years of full-time equivalent college courses.
Under the usual, expected, or ordinary quality or performance.
Repeated negative behavior that a person uses to take advantage of someone
with less power. A bully is someone who uses bullying behavior.
A term which refers to reasoning or intellectual capacity.
The mental processes involved in learning, such as remembering and understanding facts and ideas.
An instructional strategy where students of different abilities and interests work together in small groups to solve a problem, complete a project, or achieve a common goal.
The words, phrases, and sentences surrounding an unfamiliar vocabulary word that help the student arrive at a possible definition.
A strategy that schools use to prevent and address conflict among students. It usually includes a set of expectations for behavior.
The main body of knowledge that all students are expected to learn.
The subject matter that is to be learned.
Educational institutions that offer most or all of their instruction by computer through the internet.
An instructional technique that includes various ways to teach content and assess learning. It is used to meet student needs and differences in readiness, interests, and learning styles.
Taking classes in locations other than the classroom or places where teachers present the lessons including online, DVD, or telecommuting.
Students who leave high school before graduating.
The ways in which individuals learn to interact in socially acceptable ways, establish and maintain relationships, and view themselves in positive ways.
a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.
A test that determines what students have learned at a particular time in order to plan further instruction.
The inability to read or write well enough to perform many basic, necessary tasks in daily life.
The idea that one gender or the other is short-changed by school practices and expectations.
School staff member who provides academic advice to students and their families, helps them address learning problems, and assists students in career and personal development.
A student who has received a diploma for successfully completing a program or school’s course requirements.
Funds provided for students to attend college that do not have to be repaid.
The practice of educating all children of various needs and capabilities in the same classroom.
A process in which students explore a problem, and create and work through a
plan to solve the problem.
An instructional method where students create questions about a phenomenon, fact, or piece of literature, and work to answer their questions through an exploration of the topic.
Lack of reading and/or writing skills.
Occurs when the teacher or computer software adjusts the instruction in response to the learner’s needs.
Classroom in which students are encouraged to choose their own learning goals and projects.
A condition that interferes with a student’s ability to learn.Also known as a Learning Disorder.
Ability to read and write. Also refers to other types of knowledge and skills such
as scientific literacy, computer literacy, etc.
The common or ordinary meaning of words.
To serve as a role model for another
The art or profession of teaching.
A skills test given to new students to determine what class or courses are best for their abilities and interests.
A collection of work that demonstrates and documents the student's learning progress over time. It might include writing samples, examples of math problems, and results of science experiments.
A course that must be completed before a student is allowed to register for a more advanced course.
Activities, exercises, or problems that require students to show what they can do.
A test that determines what students know through their ability to perform certain tasks
The level of difficulty in a written passage.
The ability to do something at grade level.
Pictures or words to which a student responds orally or in writing.
Materials for students to refer to in order to check spelling, word meaning, grammar, etc., such as picture dictionaries and/or bilingual dictionaries.
An instructional technique in which the teacher breaks a complex task into smaller tasks and supports students as they learn, and then gradually shifts responsibility for learning to the students.
Words that a reader can immediately read without having to decode.
The critical parts of a story include character, setting, plot, problem, solution.
Students who require special instructional programs to reach their learning potential.
An outline and description of a course.
The ability to take previously learned knowledge or skills and apply them to new situations.
Describes students doing more than merely listening to a lecture; students participate in activities that allow them to be reflective about their learning. Examples include small group discussion and project-based learning.
Instruction that is intentionally designed to create equitable educational experiences for students of diverse demographic backgrounds, attitudes and prior experiences.
A system of training in both formal and non-formal education which combines on-the-job training and work experience while in paid employment with formal off-the-job training.
Learning theory which places the learner at the centre of the educational process on the understanding that the learner actively constructs knowledge rather than passively receiving it.
The method and practice of teaching adult learners.