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The APQC Education team helps school systems do more with less. We help Education Leaders save money and improve student outcomes by redesigning old, inefficient processes and breaking down functional silos to create streamlined results.

Since 2009 we have helped over 110 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

The 2014 APQC Education North Star Conference was a wonderful conference where education leaders demonstrated how they are using Process and Performance Management methodologies to become more efficient and reallocate dollars to the classroom. Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education, provided an excellent keynote and we celebrated the release of Dr. Jack Grayson's biography "Freedom to Dream, Courage to Act".

Click here to see all of the presentations from the conference.

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.


"I highly recommend (APQC) training to other districts..."
Sean Dusek, Assistant Superintendent
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Alaska

"I think the (APQC) training is amazing."
Anyur Simsirel, Principal
Westbourne Grammar School, Victoria, Australia

"The Process and Performance Management training has been instrumental in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of (the district)..."
Dr. Harold J. Vollkommer, Deputy Superintendent
San Bernardino City Unified School District, California

"... this work will result in higher levels of customer satisfaction and cost savings to the district well in excess of $100,000 in the next school year."
Richard A. Carranza, Superintendent
San Francisco Unified School District, California

"... (this training) will also allow us to realize tens of thousands of dollars per year savings..."
Dr. Scott P. Myers, Director of Teacher Licensure
Kansas State Department of Education

"We believe (this training) has increased everyone's appreciation of what it takes to make a successful school district run efficiently and effectively."
Dr. Randy Poe, Superintendent
Boone County Schools, Kentucky

"I have been in education for 42 years but have never seen a project like APQC/s North Star that has the potential to completely transform the educational system in this country. "
Dr. Michael Perich, Former Director, System-wide Continuous Improvement
Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

"Joining the North Star network has been one of the best professional development decisions I have made as a Superintendent. "
Dr. Jerry Wilson, Superintendent
Worcester County Public Schools, Maryland

"Our participation in the North Star Community has given us the opportunity to...move toward a culture of process excellence."
John Cary, Superintendent
Special School District, Missouri

"We believe that our partnership with APQC will be instrumental in the transformation we are seeking."
Guy Chamberlain, Associate Superintendent
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina

"Process and Performance Management training has been instrumental in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of (our district)."
Dr. Eric L. Cunningham, Associate Superintendent
Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System, North Carolina

"The four day Process and Performance Management training was invaluable..."
Thomas Tucker, Superintendent
Lorain City Schools, Ohio

"I highly recommend (APQC) training to other districts..."
Dr. David Pennington, Superintendent
Ponca City Public Schools, Oklahoma

"This collaborative training allowed us to come together to discuss and apply processes in a most productive manner."
Dr. Raymond D. Gualtieri, Superintendent
North Allegheny Schools, Pennsylvania

"We look forward to a long-term relationship as we continue our journey to transform CFISD into an even more efficient and effective high-performing district."
Dr. Mark Henry, Superintendent
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas

"The Process and Performance Management Training has been instrumental in improving the efficient and effectiveness of Edgewood ISD."
Eddie Ramirez, Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Edgewood ISD, Texas

"Under the direct leadership and support of APQC, Frisco ISD has ... begun the evolution to business processes throughout the district."
Bob Allen, Director of Integration and Innovation
Frisco ISD, Texas

"Our district remains committed to Process and Performance Management."
Dr. Terry Grier, Superintendent
Houston ISD, Texas

"The work with APQC is integral to our quest to align our business practices with Baldrige/Performance Excellence principles..."
Dr. Steven M. Constantino, Superintendent
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Virginia

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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.
Click here to read case study.
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. 
Click here to read case study.
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.
Click here to read case study.
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