Rockwood School District
111 East North Street, Eureka, MO 63025
Phone (636) 733-2000 · Fax (636) 733-8851
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Definition of Terms

​​​​​​​Action Plans – Action plans divide strategies into more specific responsibilities required to implement the programs and practices described in the strategy.

Annual Targets – Benchmarks used to gauge progress on a yearly basis.

Best Practices – Approaches or practices that have been shown, through research, to demonstrate higher levels of performance.

Common Assessment – An assessment used by all teachers of a grade level or subject area to measure student learning.  The assessment can be in many forms: a test, an essay, a speech, a group project, etc.

Continuous Improvement – An approach to making meaningful change to improve programs, services, processes or organizational effectiveness and to create new value for students and school community members. 

Curriculum – A course of study offered by a school district.

Curriculum Management Plan – Rockwood’s plan and timeline established to increase student achievement by designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating district curricula, grades preK-12.  

Formative Assessment - Practice work assessments aligned to curricular standards that allow one to determine (for immediate use) the degree to which students know or are able to do a given learning task, and which identifies the part of the task that the student does not know or is unable to do.

Goal – A general statement of improvement, or a statement of key functions of the school district.

Goal Champion – The individual responsible for deploying the goal and monitoring progress toward meeting the objective. 

Indicator - The method used to measure progress on achieving the objective.

Missouri Learning Standards - The Missouri Learning tandards define
the knowledge and skills students need in each grade level and course for success in college, other post-secondary training and careers. These
grade-level and course-level expectations are aligned to the Show-Me

Objective – Specific intentions identified and measured by quantifiable information. Objectives are tied directly to the district’s goals. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely)

Parent and Community Trust Index – Refers to the extent the members of our school community indicate support of the district in accomplishing their vision, mission and work. It can include measures of perceptions, reactions and behaviors. 

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) – A nationally recognized best practice for deploying professional development and professional learning. This involves assigning staff, especially teachers, to job-alike groups that work on designing and implementing effective instructional and assessment approaches to the district’s curriculum. 

Principal Evaluation Instrument (PEI) – The instrument used to evaluate building principals and assistant principals on their performance. This instrument is compliant with the new DESE Essential Principles of Effective Evaluation. 

Strategies/Activities – Approaches that explain how objectives will be accomplished.

Student engagement and climate surveys – A measurement to shows the extent of our students’ commitment to accomplishing their education goals. Engaged students benefit from trusting relationships, a safe environment, good communication and information flow, and empowerment. 

Summative Assessment - An assessment designed to measure a student’s proficiency of the academic standards. Designed to determine whether students know and can do what has been taught, these tests are administered after instruction.  They can include teacher-or system-designed assessments, such as exams, tests, quizzes, projects, final drafts, products, and performances. Plus, they can also include standardized tests designed outside the school system, such as state tests. 

Teacher Evaluation Instrument (TEI) – The instrument used to evaluate teachers on their performance. This instrument is compliant with the new DESE Essential Principles of Effective Evaluation.

Vision Scorecard – A means of collecting and reporting data on key outcomes to indicate the level of success the district is experiencing with targeted improvements in district processes. 

21st Century Skills –Skills identified by several partnerships as critical for students’ success in the future. In addition to some traditional academic skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking, 21st Century Skills also include skills such as working well in group settings; learning to solve problems as a part of the classroom approach; developing creativity; and gaining an
understanding of critical life and career skills.