School districts in six states— Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas—are piloting a new grant program to improve teaching and academic performance in K-16 environments.

The program, known as the Baldrige in Education Initiative (BiE IN), uses technology and other tools to apply the "total quality management" principles of former U.S. Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige to education.

"The Baldrige framework has to do with innovation and creating rapid change through agile processes," said Laura Longmire, a staff member of the American Productivity and Quality Council (APQC), an


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