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The American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) is a nonprofit center that helps organizations create continuous improvement systems and do more with less.

APQC Education utilizes the same methodologies that have transformed business to help transform K-12 and Higher Education Systems.

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The APQC Education team helps school systems do more with less. Through the use of our Process and Performance Management we can help reduce waste, save money, effectively teach K-12 students and improve test scores.

Since 2009 we have helped over 109 school systems save over 121 million dollars.

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How do you know what direction you want to move in if you don’t have a destination or a roadmap to get there?

APQC Education’s Benchmarking and Best Practices research will provide you with the vision and tools through our collaborative, action research model for your organizational improvement journey.

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2014 APQC Education North Star Community
Conference - Register now!

September 16-18, 2014

The APQC Education North Star Community now has over 109 school systems from around the world that have used Process and Performance methodologies to save over $121M and improve outcomes for students. Please join us for our 2014 Annual Conference and learn more about this compelling work and what it can mean for your district and campuses.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner will be our keynote speaker at this year’s Conference!

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Show Your Work

Process Thinking in Education, as represented by Process and Performance Management (PPM), is a proven, reliable methodology that enables campus and district leaders to embrace change, improve student outcomes and save precious time and money. At its heart, PPM is a systematic way of showing your work in the day-to-day activities of a school or district.

To read more about how you can start using this powerful methodology today, click here.

Process Classification Framework

New and Improved! The PCF was originally created to identify key processes in businesses and was then customized for the needs of K-12. The common taxonomy allows APQC and educational organizations to identify and compare processes, set and compare metrics and establish best practices. This latest version incorporates changes and updates from our North Star Community.
We are very thankful for all the cooperation and insights to assist in creating this latest version.

Access your free copy of the PCF for Education.

North Star Case Studies

Washoe County Public Schools in Reno, NV created improvements with over $430K in project savings and cut over $9M from their budget in the last two years.
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Independent Schools Victoria, a leading supporter of Independent Schools in Australia, has worked with APQC Education to create the Southern Cross Community, a community of practice within the North Star Community. Over 50 Australian schools have worked together to use PPM methodologies to identify best practices, improve student outcomes and find ways to run their schools more efficiently and more effectively. 
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Paterson Public Schools in Paterson, NJ is one of the largest districts in New Jersey and has been under state control since 1991. Like other urban districts across the country, it has experienced a diminished capacity to drastically increase student achievement. By using Process and Performance methodologies they were able to save over $2,000,000 in one year and redirect that money to instruction.
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