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World’s Best Workforce Legislation (Section 120B.11 amended)

In accordance with 2013 Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11, a school board, at a public meeting, shall adopt a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world's best workforce (WBWF). Minnesota schools strive to provide the best educational opportunities for all children.

Providing an education to Minnesota youth that leads to creating the world’s best workforce is a goal that must be addressed early on in every child’s life. Students are more likely to reach this goal if they are ready for school upon entering kindergarten; achieve grade-level literacy by grade three; graduate from high school and attain career and college readiness. In order to create the world’s best workforce, it is imperative that academic achievement gaps are closed among all racial and ethnic groups of students and between students living in poverty and not living in poverty as well as for English language learners and non-English language learners and for students who receive or do not receive special education.

The comprehensive strategic plan that districts create is intended to serve as a foundational document to align educational initiatives that serve to ensure reaching intended student outcomes from pre-kindergarten to post high school graduation. Districts should consider and use existing plans, documents and strategies that may already be in place and/or are required by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). These may include the Title I Plan, School Improvement Plans; School Readiness Program Plan; Local Literacy Plan; Student Transition Plan to College and Career Readiness; Plan for Educator Effectiveness, Q Comp, Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services, Continuous Improvement Monitoring Progress Plan, and the Integration Plan. This district-level strategic plan should illustrate how the various existing district plans fit together and serve as a blueprint to create a quality workforce equipped with necessary skills for the 21st century.

“World’s Best Workforce” means we will strive to do the following:

*      Have all students ready for kindergarten by meeting school readiness goals

*      Have all students in third grade achieving grade level literacy

*      Closing the achievement gap among all racial and ethnic groups of students and between students living in poverty and their more privileged peers as well as students receiving special education services and those that are not

*      Have all students graduate from high school

*      Have all students attaining career and college readiness before graduating from high school

The School Board is to develop a plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned to the World’s Best Workforce and includes the following:

*      Clearly defined locally developed student achievement goals and benchmarks

*      Process to evaluate each student’s progress toward meeting the state and local academic standards

*      A system to review and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction and curriculum

*      Practices that integrate high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum, instructional technology, and a collaborative professional culture that supports teacher quality, performance and effectiveness

*      Evidence-based strategies for improving effective classroom instruction, an articulated curriculum and use of student achievement results to drive instruction

*      An annual budget for implementation and sustainability of district plan

Recommended Plan Components

             *      An agreed upon system to review and evaluate the effectiveness of                                           instruction and curriculum

*      The development and implementation of evidence-based strategies for improving effective classroom instruction

*      An agreed upon system to implement an articulated curriculum

*      An articulated system to use student achievement results to drive instruction

*      Practices of collaborative professional culture that supports teacher quality, performance, and effectiveness

*      An annual budget for implementation and sustainability of the district plan

Success in reaching the World’s Best Workforce goals will be measured by the following:

*      Reduction of the academic achievement gap by student group

*      Student performance on the MN Comprehensive Assessments

*      College and career readiness under section 120B.30, subdivision 1 

Annual Reporting

*      District is to publish a report annually on district plan results (each fall)

*      School board will hold an annual public meeting

*      Periodically survey constituencies about their connection to schools and level of satisfaction

*      School Board must submit an electronic summary of the report to the commissioner

 

District Timeline

*      June, 2016- Development of preliminary district and building level goals for the 2016-17 school year

*      November, 2016- 2015-16 WBWF Annual Review is presented to the School Board

*      December, 2016- Update WBWF plan with updated goals and strategies

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