Glossary

Goal Statement: A statement that defines the desired results of the program.

Indicator: A statement of the knowledge or skill or measure by which a program demonstrates progress toward the standard.

Mission statement: A statement of the purpose of the program, defines its main function, justifies its existence, identifies those who are served, and identifies outcomes for participants in the program and their families.

Needs assessment: A method in the program improvement process to use a self-evaluation to identify needs and decide priorities.

Outcomes: Agreed-upon results of a program used to measure performance according to various indicators.

Self-assessment: A method used by individuals or programs to evaluate past and current performance and to use the results to determine procedures, goals, and strategies for improvement.

Staff: Group of employees (including teachers, administrators, instructional and non-instructional support personnel) working together toward the goals of the program.

Staff development: A planned learning opportunity or process for staff to use to renew or acquire skills, knowledge, and concepts for the purpose of improving effectiveness, putting new skills and knowledge into practice, or refining required competencies.

Stakeholders: A group of people representing different organizations and groups (e.g., parents, service providers, policy makers, administrators, teachers, other community members) who come together to work on areas of mutual interest and concern.

Standard: A clearly defined statement specifying the level of knowledge, capacity, or outcome acceptable to meet the program goal. Achievement of standards moves the program toward the desired goal.

Strategy: A deliberate plan of action.


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