Benchmarking 101

January 30, 2007 1 min read

America’s K-12 education system is sitting on a gold mine of hidden, untapped best practices, writes C. Jackson Grayson Jr. in this Education Week Commentary. It doesn’t occur to most educators to get help from best practices inside their own organizations. Nor do they have a culture of looking outward for best practices in other sectors, Grayson says. Yet, the single best way to accelerate the rate of improvement in K-12 education is through widespread benchmarking of these best practices.

To Grayson, benchmarking means focusing on the processes between inputs and outcomes. Yet few educators embrace the concept.

What do you think? Should schools be using benchmarking practices?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.