During the 2010-11 school year, Rockledge Elementary School began using Baldrige to maximize student and staff performance and learning. Baldrige is a framework for helping organizations make systematic change. The Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence was created in 1998 as a framework for understanding and improving school performance. (Shipley & Caldwell, 2000, p. 5) The criteria is made up of eleven Core Values and seven Categories:
  1. Visionary leadership
  2. Learning-centered education
  3. Organizational and personal learning
  4. Valuing faculty, staff, and partners
  5. Agility
  6. Focus on the future
  7. Managing for innovation
  8. Management by fact
  9. Social responsibility
  10. Focus on results and creating value
  11. Systems perspective
  1. Leadership
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Student and Stakeholder Focus
  4. Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management
  5. Faculty and Staff Focus
  6. Process Management
  7. Performance Results

Baldrige has become part of the Rockledge culture. Its values and categories are embedded in school-wide processes to help us maintain our commitment to continuous improvement. 
In a Baldrige-guided classroom, all stakeholders (students, staff and parents), work together to maximize student achievement. At Rockledge, students actively help to manage the classroom environments through the use of a variety of Baldrige quality “tools”. Students take responsibility for their learning. When you visit Rockledge this year, ask students about their personal and class-wide goals! This school year, students will track and monitor their own progress toward a variety of academic goals. Each class will monitor their progress towards class-goals on their classroom data wall and every student will be responsible for monitoring their progress towards meeting personal academic goals documented in their individual data binders. Goals and methods of tracking will be developmentally appropriate and differentiated based on students’ needs.

Below are pictures related to Baldrige in the classroom.