Montgomery County Public School District - Baldrige Winner and Role Model?

Is MCPS a Deserving Baldrige Winner and Role Model?


Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is ranked 9th of 24 Maryland School Districts per SchoolDigger. MCPS received the Baldrige Award by comparing itself to the Baltimore County Pubic Schools (BCPS) which is ranked 17th of 24. This is stated in the first paragraph of the results section MCPS's Baldrige Application.

Please understand that no accusation is being made here. However, some questions need to be asked:

We may never learn what actually what happened. We could speculate that the Team and/or Judges were unaware, were deceived, were incompetent, were coerced, that conflicts of interest played a role, or some combination of these causes. We just don't know. What we do know in retrospect is that MCPS made it quite clear in their opening paragraph in the Results Section of their award application that they were not a national-level or state-level excellent education organizations . . . or, so it would seem.

There are other reasons that may lead some to question MCPS' "role model" classification:

Maybe, MCPS really is a deserving Baldrige Winner and true Role Model for excellence . . . however, it remains difficult for some to accept this until some key questions are answered.


Baldrige-based improvement accelerated and made practical from the most experienced source



Criteria Use Guide


Baldrige Model Framework

  2017 Baldrige

All 47
Case Studies


Breaking BADrige




 Winnersí Applications


Innovation Winners

  International Winners  

Guides to Improvement


Site Visit Preparation

Core Services:


Application Development


Training, Workshops


Seminars, Speaking, Presenting


Interview Assessment - Best Option


One Stop Consulting Services


Special Focus:


Baldrige International (30+ countries)




Health Care


Nonprofit & Public Sector


Business - Private Sector


Baldrige Store:

All Guides Bundle

Guide to a Well-Written Application

Site Visit Preparation Guide

Guide to Effectively Presenting Results

Baldrige Assessment Scoring Flaws

Paul Steel

MISSION: Accelerating the total organizational improvement rate beyond the capabilities of all Business Excellence approaches combined.


You have every right to pay more for someone who is less experienced and less successful . . . Paul