World's Best Workforce

Under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11, school boards are to adopt a long-term, comprehensive strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning. This plan addresses the following five 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.

Teacher Equity

The legislation also focuses on ensuring all students have equitable access to excellent teachers. Districts are to ensure they have a process in place to examine the equitable distribution of teachers and strategies to ensure low-income students, students of color, and American Indian students are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, ineffective, or out-of-field teachers. A short overview has been developed to inform district efforts in this area

Annual Report and Annual Public Meeting

While the full World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) plan is a multi-year strategic roadmap, each year, districts develop a WBWF Annual Report, engage in an annual public meeting with stakeholders, and release the annual report publicly on district websites. The annual report and annual public meetings are focused on the strategies and initiatives that the district engaged in to meet the goals and the progress made on those goals in the prior school year.

Summary Report Submitted to MDE

World’s Best Workforce legislation requires that districts and charter schools submit a summary of the annual report to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) every year. The 2019-20 Summary Report is due December 15, 2020. All districts and charter schools should use the online combined World's Best Workforce and Achievement and Integration Summary Report

North Star Accountability System

This goal-setting guidance can be used by districts to inform conversations with stakeholders in setting local goals. 

Consistent with the WBWF legislation and in alignment with Minnesota’s North Star accountability system, some districts and charters are identified every three years for support and improvement. The School and District Accountability webpage provides more information on the indicators and identification process. MDE works closely with these districts on continuous improvement efforts, including selecting improvement strategies and using general education revenue to appropriately resource these strategies. 

  • Setting Useful Goals Guide for World’s Best Workforce  - 9/13/18
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  • World’s Best Workforce Goal #1: All Children Ready for School Writing Goals and Strategies - 7/27/18
  • Q Comp Report in World's Best Workforce - 4/24/17
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  • What is the World's Best Workforce? - 6/25/14
    One-page summary of the Striving for the World's Best Workforce legislation
  • Planning Tool for Districts - 6/11/14
    Districts can use this tool to plan and track their World's Best Workforce efforts.