World’s Best Workforce Legislation (Section 120B.11 amended)
In accordance with 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:
All children are ready for school
All third-graders can read at grade level
All racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed
All students are ready for career and college
All students graduate from high school
School boards in each district across the state must establish an advisory committee that will:
Involve the community during plan development.
Include members that reflect the diversity of the district and its schools
Make recommendations to the school board on rigorous academic standards and student achievement goals and measures.
District leaders will post an annual report on their progress, hold annual public meetings, and are required to submit a summary report to the Minnesota Department of Education.
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
Each district will create their own plan to align curriculum and instruction so that students are college and career ready. The success of each plan will be measured by:
Closing the gap by student group
High school graduation rates
Career and college readiness
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