Glossary of Key Terms

The Glossary of Terms gives school review teams easy access to definitions of key terms and concepts in the standards, benchmarks, and rubrics.  The Glossary helps ensure that all stakeholders are sharing a common understanding to keep interpretations, discussions, and action plans clear.

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Term Main definition
Advisory Board
A body that participates in the policy-making/decision-making process by formulating, adapting, and recommending policy to the person(s) with authority to enact it. The authority is not bound by the board?s advice.
having to do with beauty and the arts
joined or combined into a single group
Analysis is the detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation, For example, the elements and patterns related to enrollment and rentention.
Ancillary Programs
furnishing support or assistance outside of academic courses (such as guidance, wellness programs, etc.
Appropriate And Legitimate Authorities
The person or group that has the right to establish structures of governance and norms for the existence and continued mission of the institution.
Authentic Integration
Student-centered use of digital tools and content knowledge in a real-world application
Authentic Performance
Tasks that reflect the use of knowledge and skills in real-world applied situations
Authoritative Board Or Decision-Making Board
A body that participates in the policy-making process by formulating, adopting, and enacting policy. The board has been delegated final authority regarding certain areas of institutional operation, although its jurisdiction is limited to those areas that have been delegated to it by the constitution and/or bylaws, and approved by the delegating Church authority. A.K.A. Board of Limited or Specified Jurisdiction; Board of Trustees; Board of Directors
Backward Designed Curriculum
Curriculum that is developed by (1) starting with the end in mind (desired learning outcomes), (2) creating valid ways for students to demonstrate the desired learning (assessments), and (3) designing instruction to coach students to perform well on the assessments (learning experiences and instructional strategies).
Behavior Management Program
A systematic, agreed upon approach that the entire school uses to support positive and constructive student participation and engagement in the learning environment and school community.
Bishop's Legitimate Authority

The bishop's right to establish structures of governance and norms that guide his involvement with regard to schools. A diocesan bishop exercises his authority in accord with Canon Law and in accord with all applicable Civil Laws at the Federal, state, and local levels.

An abbreviation of the term web log. A series of online postings focusing on a single subject and open to multiple users. Usually a blog proceeds in reverse chronological order with the most recent posting immediately visible.
Budget X
A budget (Catholic school) is a quantitative expression of a mission focused plan for a defined period of time. It represents incoming and outgoing funds. It includes all sources of income and expenses, enrollment and revenues, resources, costs, expenses, assets, liabilities and cash flows. Also it includes planned tuition assistance. Often it may express strategic plan activities or events.
Catholic Culture

The school's "way of life" -- a school's way of thinking and behaving -- rooted in Christ, a Gospel-based creed and code, and a Catholic vision that provides inspiration and identity, is shaped over time, and is passed from one generation to the next through devices that capture and stimulate the Catholic imagination such as symbols and traditions.

Catholic School Standards Project

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