Glossary of Key Terms
The entrie below provide definitions for key terms used in the report.
A state when a household’s housing costs are below 30 percent of the household’s income.
A framework for systems change in education designed to support communities, families and children with health, social, and education related support to ensure their ability to thrive and be successful from birth through college and beyond.
Students (K-12) who do not have sufficient technology (in terms of internet connection or adequate hardware/devices) to study, learn, and complete assignments remotely.
DIBELS (or Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is a measure of assessment for early literacy.
The intended or accomplished differential treatment of persons or social groups for reasons of certain generalized traits.
Disproportionate discipline is a well documented and researched phenomenon in which students (typically Black and Brown) are punished more severely than their White counterparts or classmates, even when the offense is minor or the same.
The unequal distribution of income and opportunity among different groups in society.
Economic mobility is the ability of an individual, family or some other group to improve their economic status — usually measured in income.
Economically disadvantaged students are students who are eligible for free and reduced price meals based on household income and size.
Non-economically disadvantaged students are students who are not eligible for free and reduced price meals based on their household income and size.
A term originally coined by Angela Duckworth, grit can be described as, continuing to work towards a challenge, maintaining effort as well as interest over time despite encountering adversity.
Students who believe that skill development is adaptable, and value effort are considered to possess a growth mindset.
Housing Cost Burden
A state when housing costs are at or above 30 percent of a household’s income. This state is considered to be a “severe housing cost burden” when housing costs are at or above 50 percent of a household’s income.
The extent to which an individual’s customary access to housing of reasonable quality is secure.
How attitudes and stereotypes impact our understanding and decision-making in an unconscious way.
Income Achievement Gap
The academic achievement gap between students from high-income households compared to students from households with lower levels of income.
Income insufficiency is a measure of financial hardship that compares family income to estimated family expenses.
IStation is an innovative education-focused technology that supports virtual and collaborative learning and instruction.
The successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity.
Panorama s a survey administered to families to learn more about their perceptions related to school performance and engagement. Survey results are used to inform school improvement plans. The survey focus areas include, barriers to engagement, roles and responsibilities, school safety, and family engagement.
School Report Card Grades
School report cards are a resource for parents, educators, elected officials, and community organizations and provide insightful information about how a specific school is fairing. A number of measures are included for each school report card such as, school performance by grade and subgroup, participation rate reporting, school safety, class size, school attendance, advance course enrollment, and more. For more information about school report card grades and to see all of the measures included please visit NC department of public instruction school report card page.
An individual’s belief in their ability to influence events or experiences that may impact their lives.
Teacher (or educator) effectiveness is measured using the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System which includes a self evaluation of teacher performance, opportunities for professional development and learning plans, feedback from educators, peers, and administration, and finally a discussion with evaluators to review the process and final ratings and findings.
Title I Schools
Title I schools receive federal financial assistance through local school districts and agencies supporting children from low-income households who may be experiencing economic and resource-related challenges.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a biannual student self-report national school-based survey conducted by the Department of Public Health that monitors six categories of health-related behaviors.
Pathways to Action
We can work together to organize, advocate, and drive positive change.
When we work together, we have the power to change our systems for the better. We hope those who read this report feel encouraged and inspired to get involved. Local groups are working to support and improve our systems and there are many ways for anyone to get involved.
Join us for Be The Change: Making Good on Our Promise, a digital convening designed to bring people together and discuss coordinated community-wide action to increase equity and improve outcomes.
Initiative Action Profiles highlight current, collaborative, community work to improve our systems of education.
Each year, The Forsyth Promise publishes a community report on Forsyth County's educational systems. By taking just a moment to share your thoughts on the 2020 report, you can help make future reports better.
Help us understand important aspects of our educational systems that this report may have overlooked or suggest new information to improve the report.
Everyone in our community possesses important gifts, skills, and talents they can use to help make Forsyth County a better place to live.
Forsyth County residents of all ages, lifestyles, and backgrounds can participate in our Lived Experience Lab, through which we capture and share critical community stories about educational experiences.