World's Best Workforce

What is World’s Best Workforce?

The World's Best Workforce (WBWF) was developed in 2013 (Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11) to ensure that school districts and charter schools in Minnesota enhance student achievement through teaching and learning supports. School boards that govern districts and charter schools are required to develop comprehensive, long-term strategic plans that address the following five WBWF goals:

  • 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.

What is a WBWF strategic plan?   

A WBWF strategic plan is a multi-year, detailed document that illustrates how a district or charter school will execute its goals or initiatives concerning the five WBWF goals. MDE recommends that districts and charter schools develop goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART).

WBWF annual report and public meeting  

While the WBWF strategic plan is a multi-year strategic roadmap, legislation requires that districts and charter schools submit an annual summary report to MDE. We will give ample notice when the 2021-22 annual report is due. The annual summary report should provide details about strategies and local progress toward the five WBWF goals. 

Equally important, districts and charter schools are required to hold an annual public stakeholder meeting on the progress made toward WBWF's five goals. The meeting is designed to empower stakeholders (teachers, parents, support staff, students and other community residents) to provide feedback on the data in the report.  

What role does the school board play?  

Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.10, requires school boards to establish advisory committees. The advisory committee should:

  • Ensure that community members have an opportunity to participate in the strategic planning process.  
  • Be reflective of the district's diversity and its schools, and thus include, to the extent possible, teachers, parents, support staff, students, and other community residents.  
  • Make recommendations to the school board concerning rigorous academic standards and student achievement goals and measures.

How will districts and charter schools measure progress?  

Each district and charter school creates its own plan to prepare all students for school and align a standards-based curriculum with classroom instruction, so that students are career- and college-ready at graduation. The success of each plan can be measured locally using, among other possible data sources: 

  • The Kindergarten Entry Profile or other measures of school readiness.
  • State or local assessments.
  • Graduation rates.
  • College entrance exams.
  • Postsecondary outcomes, including employment.

What role does the Minnesota Department of Education play?  

While each WBWF strategic plan is developed and implemented locally, MDE offers direct and indirect support opportunities throughout the academic year. For example, direct support opportunities include virtual and in-person training, webinars, workshops and orientations. Indirect support includes sharing resources, facilitating networking opportunities between districts and charter school leaders, and more.

What resources are available to assist districts with executing their strategic plans?

As previously noted, MDE provides districts and charter schools with a variety of indirect resources to assist with the development of their strategic plan (see resources below). Additional resources will be added to the WBWF's webpage as they are developed. 

For general questions or assistance pertaining to WBWF, districts and charter schools can contact us at