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Needs Assessment

A needs assessment is a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or "gaps" between current conditions and desired conditions or "wants" based on mission and vision. The discrepancy between the current condition and wanted condition must be measured to appropriately identify the need. The need can be a desire to improve current performance or to correct a deficiency.

Non-profit Organization

Non-profit organization (NPO) is an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends. Catholic schools, which are defined as NPOs, use revenue to achieve mission defined goals. Non-profits do not pay taxes.

Normative Reference

The criterion that defines what is expected. In a Catholic school, the mission statement informs all decisions.

Normed to Appropriate Populations

Refers to a group of people upon which an assessment/test/evaluation was validated that is similar to the group being assessed