NAM President John Engler is fond of saying that two of our major areas of crisis today — health care and education — are not subject to any of the metrics that manufacturers build into their processes every day. Were they to have some basic measurements applied, he points out, their performance would no doubt dramatically improve, and their cost would most likely be lowered.
Now comes Standard and Poor’s with SchoolMatters.com. This is a service which is a project of the National Education Data Partnership and provides student performance, financial and demographic data on schools and school districts.
The developers of the site say it’s helpful for manufacturers who are looking to locate a plant and are in search of high-performing schools. Also, under the theory of “What you measure improves”, it will no doubt push under-performing schools to try to boost their results. God knows the DC Schools, for one, could use a little motivation.
We would urge you to check out their site, and to spread the word. This is a great development and a welcome one, if long overdue. Maybe this will bring some much-needed education reform. As one of the biggest end users of the educational system in this country — and the ones who do most of the recall work on site — manufacturers have a great stake in seeing that the system gets fixed and that some good old manufacturing metrics get applied at last.
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