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School District Receives Baldrige Honors: Performance Excellence in Education

In this interview, JoAnn Sternke, superintendent of the Pewaukee School District (PSD), reflects on PSD’s road to receiving the prestigious 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the United States’ highest honor for quality and performance excellence. This recognition is rare in education and has only been doled to six other public school districts. Sternke explains how the systematic approach made the school district more innovative, agile and data driven. PSD’s use of the Baldrige criteria has had a tangible impact on the success of its students: PSD holds the highest graduation rate in Wisconsin at 97.4%; its ACT composite scores of 23.4 outperform state (22) and national (20.9) averages; and 91.9% of PSD graduates attended a two or four-year college in 2011-2012, an increase from 78.8% in 2006-2007.

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