I recalled that grant as I ran across a story today on how Long Beach Unified did on their 2009 AYPs:
The Broad Foundation recently awarded $1.14 million to the Long Beach Unified School District to expand the district’s award-winning use of Baldrige strategies for continuous improvement at schools and central offices.
The three-year grant will help to increase use of the techniques throughout the district, including elementary, middle, K-8 and high school classrooms.
In the Long Beach Unified School District, 44 percent of schools met federal standards this year, down from about 50 percent last year.Now that's Continuous Improvement folks! California schools not using sophisticated, state-of-the-art, fantabulous Baldrige strategies... "about half" pass. Long Beach, with its double-secret Baldrige ninja throwing stars of Continuous Improvement...."44 percent".
Statewide, about half of California schools this year met federal targets set as part of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Yowza! With eye-popping results like that I can hardly wait to experience 300,000 hours of externally mandated Baldrige-filled staff meetings at my school! Continuously Improve me baby!