Overview of Baldrige
The Baldrige Criteria are a model for continuous improvement and perfomance excellence .
Facts about Baldrige
- designed to help American business and industry gain a competitive edge in the global market
- built around eleven Core Values or Best Practices and seven Categories
- created in 1987 for business and adapted for educational use in 1998
- named posthumously for former Secretary of Commerce, Malcolm Baldrige
What the Criteria Do
- reflect current best thinking on organizational practice
- provide a means for self-assessment to help organizations evaluate how well they are doing
- provide a dynamic framework for continuous improvement
Baldrige in Education
The education version of the Criteria, the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, was created in 1998 to create schools and classrooms that lead to quality learning for all students.
Baldrige Helps Schools Assess Themselves
The school assesses itself by asking:
- How well are all students doing?
- How can we improve the learning of all students?
The school also looks at other factors that impact student achievement such as:
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Baldrige was adopted by the Board of Education as the model for continuous improvement for all offices and schools.
Reasons to Use Baldrige
The Baldrige framework:
- has a reputation for rigor and results among numerous school systems across the nation
- uses a systems approach for performance excellence and continuous improvement focused on academic success for all students
- is the best current research in what it takes to make organizations get better
- helps build good classroom learning systems by engaging students in the process
The Baldrige process allows everyone to have a stake in the education of students. Parents, teachers, students, administrators, and community members work together to build a common vision, mission, core values, and goals that address the needs of all students.
Stakeholders are defined as individuals or groups of individuals who have a "stake" or interest in the overall performance of the school.
Examples of Stakeholder Groups
Stakeholder Groups Have Different Needs
The Baldrige process assumes that each stakeholder group may have different needs, issues and concerns. The process emphasizes the need to ensure consistent and ongoing input and feedback from all stakeholders when developing and evaluating the school's improvement plan. (Adapted from College Gardens ES web site)
More About Baldrige
In-depth information about the Baldrige process can be found elsewhere on this web site.
- What are the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence?
- What is the purpose of the Baldrige Education Criteria?
- Why should we use Baldrige in our school?
- What is the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) plan for implementation and integration of the Baldrige Education Criteria for school improvement planning and for continuous improvement?
- How will the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence be used for the school improvement planning?
- How does the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence support and correlate with research on effective schools?
Related Topics in Baldrige for Parents
- Overview of Baldrige (The 'what' and 'why' of Baldrige)
- How Baldrige Can Help Your Child
- Baldrige Goes to School (How do school, classroom, and students use Baldrige?)
- The Role of Parents