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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To bring elements of the organization to a common code of operation for consistency of implementation of policy.

Skills, abilities "that allow someone to do something well"

Target Audience
A specific group of people, identified by the school, within the target market area at which the marketing message of the school is aimed. A target audience can be formed of people of clearly defined demographic factors/ characteristics. Determining the target audience and discovering the appropriate target market(s) are the most important activities in marketing management
Technology (Information Technology)
An array of tools that support information acquisition,creation, and sharing , such as word processing applications, spreadsheet software, organizing and brainstorming software, multimedia, data collection tools, web resources, and communication software web resources, and communication software, etc.
The Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a professional human resources membership association headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The largest association in its field, SHRM promotes the role of HR as a profession and provides education, certification, and networking to its members.

Characterized by visibility or accessibility of information. Transparency describes a willingness to share school information—be it academic, operational, financial or strategic—with stakeholders and the larger community in which the school operates.

Tuition is a sum of money charged for a student?s enrollment at a school. This sum of money usually is equal to or a large percentage of the real cost of providing an excellent education for the student.
Tuition Assistance
Tuition Assistance is financial support dollars provided by a Catholic school and/or (arch)diocese to make the cost of tuitions accessible and affordable for all families. Usually, the amount of support provided is based on need and a needs assessement required by the school or the (arch)diocese. The awards are funded through donations, foundations, corporations and others, who want to support families who seek a Catholic education. Normally awards are determined yearly based on a family?s ability to pay and funding resources available that year.
Level of insight into ideas, people, situations, and processes that manifests itself by the learner being able to make sense of what he/she knows, knowing why it is so, and being able to use it in various situations and contexts (adapted from Wiggins & McTighe)

The extent to which a concept or measurement is well founded and corresponds accurately to the real world. The "test" measures what is says it does.

Value Added

A data analysis methodology used to measure the impact the school is making on its students based on each student?s individual starting point. For example, the Sanders' (1998) value-added approach yields information on gains students make from year to year.

Vertically Aligned
Vertical alignment of curriculum is planning curriculum across the grade levels, from kindergarten through high school, building upon instruction from year to year based upon standards. Correct vertical curriculum alignment improves student performance by decreasing the amount of instructional time consumed with re-teaching concepts, and/or eliminating omission of critical learning.
A term used to describe a program/school and its ability to flourish or grow moving into the future. At times this term is associated with determining if a program or school will continue or be discontinued.
What animates, articulates, and gives direction to the organization?s mission. What the school commits to become in order to realize the mission.
Vision Statement
A public declaration that schools or other educational organizations use to describe their goals for the future?what they hope to achieve if they successfully fulfill their organizational purpose or mission.

Catholic School Standards Project

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