In the same state standards they are required

In the competitive world of education, the ultimategoal of success is proven through exceeding academic minimums and promotingstudents into the world, college and career ready. “Even before the December2010 publication of the PISA data, the notion that educational competitionthreatens America’s future prosperity had been a recurrent theme of the Obamaadministration’s pronouncements on education policy” (West, 2012).

  Education has been put beside economiccompetitiveness for decades.  Schoolshave been motivated and financially supported through the government withdirect attention on their performance.  Since the future growth of an economy can bebased on the career readiness of the students that entering a new field, it canbe said that the foundation of the world rest in the competiveness ofeducation. With the focus on education so prominent Porters viewon strategy seems more relevant to this industry.  “Hypercompetition requires a fundamentalshift in the focus of strategy.  Insteadof seeking a sustainable advantage, strategy in hypercompetitive environmentsnow focuses on developing a series of temporary advantages” (D’Aveni, 1994 pg.7).  In regards to the success ofstudents “intense and rapid competitive moves” are not something that cancontribute to the ultimate goal of various educational views.

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  Students need consistent expectations inorder to produce academic success.  Porterstates “A company can outperform rivals only if it can establish a differencethat it can preserve” (1994 pg. 62).

 Education is not a moment by moment battle; it requires a long-term strategicapproach.  Porter define operationaleffectiveness as “performing similar activities better than rivals perform them”and he states that “a company can outperform rivals only if it can establish a differencethat it can preserve” (1994 pg. 62).  Hisviews greatly affect the world of education.

 In this industry all competitors have the same state standards they arerequired to reach.  What sets them apartis how they teach and reach those expectations provided by their state.  Porter spends time focusing on how “competitivestrategy is about being different” (1994, pg. 64).  Reaching the students in this diverse fieldcan sometimes be a challenge, and since no two students are alike they musthave differentiation in their learning. In order to achieve this a funnel of different activities must becreated from the top of the spectrum all the way to the teachers who implementthem.  Although there are many competitive advantages of mostof the successful schools they are not limited or hindered by them.  One advantage is a schools’ socioeconomicstatus.

   “This is not to say, however, that America’svery real educational challenges are irrelevant to its economic performancegoing forward. On the contrary, the evidence that the quality of a nation’seducation system is a key determinant of the future growth of its economy isincreasingly strong” (Hanushek and Woessmann 2011).  With the teachers being a large part of the successof this industry, the more passionate the teacher, the more likelihood of positiveresults.  Not all, but many of thedesired teachers are drawn to a higher socioeconomic status environment. When aschool has this key strategic move, their opportunities to create diverseinstruction are heightened.  When aschool can focus less on external factors that a lower socioeconomic status environmentproduces, their ability to implement new strategic moves seem to be moresuccessful.  These advantages are likelyto last until an economic shift occurs.

 As relocation occurs, there is a change is diversity that follows.  Since some schools are federally funded, thedemographics greatly affect the advantages or disadvantages in this industry.         D’Aveni,R. A.

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