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ERIC Number: ED544261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 116
High Reliability Organizations in Education. Noteworthy Perspectives
Eck, James H.; Bellamy, G. Thomas; Schaffer, Eugene; Stringfield, Sam; Reynolds, David
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
The authors of this monograph assert that by assisting school systems to more closely resemble "high reliability" organizations (HROs) that already exist in other industries and benchmarking against top-performing education systems from around the globe, America's school systems can transform themselves from compliance-driven bureaucracies to world-class organizations. This issue of "Noteworthy" explains that providing a "best in the world" education involves knowing "what works extremely well" and delivering it with remarkable reliability. Stringfield, Reynolds, and Schaffer focus on methods for improving the reliability of educational reform efforts. Bellamy describes the distinctive organizational accomplishments of HROs, the two modes in which successful HRO leaders operate, and the areas where HRO principles do and do not transfer well to education practice and leadership. Chapters in this monograph are: (1) Introduction: Becoming the "Best in the World" at Educating Our Students (James H. Eck); (2) Towards Highly Reliable, High-Quality Public Schooling (Sam Springfield and Eugene Schaffer); (3) High Reliability Leadership for Educational Change (G. Thomas Bellamy); and (4) Best in the World: High Performance with High Reliability (James H. Eck). (Contains 1 table, 9 figures, and 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests; National Assessment of Educational Progress; Program for International Student Assessment; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study