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By DERIK MOORE
Weatherford ISD Director of Communications
Weatherford ISD has just received notification that it has been selected as a 2011 recipient for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) presented by the Quality Texas Foundation.
The Texas Award for Performance for Excellence is an annual recognition of Texas organizations that excel in performance and organizational improvement principles and is the state’s equivalent to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. It also is the highest level recognized by the Quality Texas Foundation.
“This award mirrors our District’s vision to ‘become a world-class district of choice,’” Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron said. “It is a culmination of all the hard work put forth by our School Board, administrators, teachers, and staff members.”
Dr. Cron said although the Texas Award for Performance Excellence is open to government, education, healthcare, nonprofit, and business organizations, Weatherford ISD is one of only four school districts to achieve this honor since the Quality Texas Foundation was founded in the early 1990s from a concept introduced by former Gov. Ann Richards.
“The real purpose of applying for the TAPE is for our District to continue to focus on getting better,” Dr. Cron said. “As a result of our application, we will receive objective feedback from a certified team of examiners highlighting both our strengths as well as opportunities for improvement.”
Dr. Cron said she is anxious to begin addressing any potential gaps found by the examiners because her focus always has been on continuous improvement.
“Although we have come a long way in our continuous improvement journey,” she added, “we can always go farther. But, for now, we are going to celebrate this outstanding accomplishment.”
Weatherford ISD will receive its Texas Award for Performance Excellence at the Texas Quest for Excellence Conference’s awards presentation June 27 in Irving. Other TAPE recipients for 2011 included Baylor Medical Center at Irving, City of Irving, Cook Children’s Healthcare System, and Mesquite Independent School District.
The Quality Texas Foundation has four criteria levels that are designed to assess the degree to which an organization has developed and deployed sound, balanced approaches resulting in improved performance levels and trends: Engagement Level; Commitment Level; Progress Level; and the Texas Award for Performance Excellence.
Weatherford ISD previously received the “Commitment Level” recognition in 2008, followed by the “Progress Level” recognition in 2009.
The Quality Texas Foundation, a non-profit Texas corporation, focuses on an assessment and feedback process, education, training, and recognition to help businesses, schools, hospitals, non-profits, and government agencies improve performance. The Foundation administers the Texas Award for Performance Excellence program (based on the Baldrige Criteria), the state’s highest recognition for Quality. The Foundation, with offices located in Dallas, coordinates more than 300 volunteers from all areas of industry, government, education, non-profit and health care who work together to assess and promote quality and performance excellence throughout the state.