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.
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
Lastly, the WBWF legislation requires that districts submit a summary of the annual report to MDE each year. This summary is brief and simple, and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) reviews and provides feedback to districts that can inform continuous improvement efforts at the local level. All districts should use the combined World's Best Workforce and Achievement and Integration summary report.
North Star Accountability System and WBWF Data Profiles
Each year, MDE releases WBWF district data profiles for four of the goal areas and teacher equity. School readiness does not currently have its own profile, because no single statewide data source measures this information. Additionally, the state releases a district data profile for consistent attendance in alignment with Minnesota’s state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These files include measures available at the state, but districts can use local measures as well to set WBWF goals. 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 page 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.
2017-18 World's Best Workforce Rubric - 10/22/18
Setting Useful Goals Guide for World’s Best Workforce - 9/13/18
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
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.