Overview of World’s Best Workforce Legislation (120B.11)
The World’s Best Workforce Plan is a new legislative requirement. In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 2013, section 120B.11, the “Striving for the World’s Best Workforce” legislation requires that 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. 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), such as 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 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. Creating the world’s best workforce is a goal that must be addressed early on and throughout every child’s school experience. The Minnesota Department of Education expects this document to serve as part of the district’s comprehensive strategic plan. It is to serve as the foundational document to align educational initiatives to ensure reaching intended student outcomes from pre-kindergarten to post high school graduation.
Five Goal Areas:
The “Striving for the World’s Best Workforce” bill was passed to ensure every school district in the state is making strides to improve student performance. Each district must develop a plan that addresses the following five goals:
- All children are ready to start kindergarten.
- 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/or post-secondary education.
- All students graduate from high school in four years.
The School Board is to develop a plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned to the World’s Best Workforce requirements. The plan must include the following components:
- Clearly defined 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 support teacher quality, performance and effectiveness.
- Evidence-based strategies for improving curriculum, instruction and student achievement.
- An annual budget for continuation of district plan implementation.
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:
- Student performance on the National Association of Education Progress (NAEP)
- Reduction of the academic achievement gap by student subgroup
- Student performance on the MN Comprehensive Assessments
- College and career readiness under section 120B.30, subdivision 1.
District Reporting Requirements
The purpose of Lakeville Area Schools is to explain the new requirements, relay how we have been doing the work, and then share specifics of how we plan to continuously improve our practices and our student learning. In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 2013, 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). At this meeting, the district success from the previous year is shared. In addition, future plans for continuous improvement will be shared. Lakeville Area Schools held public meetings at which the plan was explained, the progress on the 2015-16 goals was reviewed and input from stakeholders was collected and considered for the development the 2016-2017 plan. The school board shall publish a report in the local newspaper with the largest circulation in the district, by mail, or by electronic means on the district website. The Public report to be titled: District Number, District Name Local World’s Best Workforce Plan will be prominently displayed on the district’s official Web page and contain all required elements listed consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11, in a manner that is accessible and relevant. The school board must transmit an electronic summary of its report to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education each fall. In addition to the aforementioned requirements, each school district shall periodically survey affected constituencies about their connection to and level of satisfaction with school. The district shall include the results of these surveys in the summary report.
Required Committee and Roles:
Each school board shall establish a district advisory committee to ensure active community participation in all phases of planning and improving the instruction and curriculum affecting state and local academic standards. The committee, to the extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the district and its school sites and shall include teachers, parents, support staff, students and other community residents. Whenever possible, parents and other community residents shall comprise at least two-thirds of the advisory committee members. In Lakeville Area Schools, this committee is entitled the Teaching & Learning Advisory Council (T&AC). It provides recommendations to the ISD 194 Board of Education regarding rigorous academic standards, student achievement goals, district assessments, and program evaluations for all content areas. The Lakeville Area Schools has a district-wide Teaching & Learning Advisory Council (T&LAC). The council consists of parent representatives from each school in the district as well as community representatives, teachers, students, administrators, and school board members. The purpose of the council is to advise the district on curriculum content, instructional practices, and assessments. The council meets monthly to provide feedback about curriculum updates, student achievement reports, and recommendations for instructional resources. Members spend considerable time interacting with presenters, providing input, and making recommendations. These recommendations are shared publicly during a Board of Education meeting by the board representative and by the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. Building representatives share the information with their building shared leadership teams and PTO’s and bring feedback to the Teaching & Learning Advisory Council. Lakeville Area Schools parents and community members are invited to apply for membership on the district Teaching & Learning Advisory Council (T&LAC). Applications are available on the district website, or you can contact Sandy Eissinger at 952-232-2019 if you are interested in applying. Applications are accepted through October 30th of each year. Meetings are held once a month on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.