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NEWS RELEASES 1999-00

NEWS RELEASES 1999-00 :: NOVEMBER 23, 1999

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION EARNS RECOGNITION FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is being recognized by the North Carolina Quality Leadership Foundation for its interest in and commitment to continuous quality improvement.

DPI, under the leadership of State Superintendent Mike Ward, is one of 15 organizations selected for recognition in the 1999 North Carolina Performance Excellence Process (NCPEP).

The NCPEP recognizes organizations at various levels of achievement against nationally recognized standards of performance excellence. The recognition follows internal self-assessment and intensive evaluation by qualified examiners.

Of the achievement, Ward said, "DPI shares this award with the State Board of Education. The Board and Department staff are committed to the quality processes and deployment of strategic plans based on a clear agenda. We will use the feedback report from the PEP to continue to improve our operations."

The Board and DPI's agenda is focused on five strategic priorities: High Student Performance; Safe, Orderly and Caring Schools; Quality Teachers, Administrators and Staff; Effective and Efficient Operations; and Strong Family, Community and Business Support.

DPI will be recognized by the Quality Leadership Foundation at an awards ceremony on Jan. 25, 2000, as the Quality Involvement recipient. Other organizations are being recognized in the categories of Quality Leadership, Quality Advancement and Quality Commitment.

The Performance Excellence Process is administered by the NC Quality Leadership Foundation. Participation is open to manufacturing, service, education and public sector organizations. For more information about the program, contact the Foundation at 919.838.1416. For information about DPI's quality process, contact Deputy Superintendent Brad Sneeden at 919.807.3441.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.