World's Best Workforce
In 2013, the Minnesota legislature adopted the what is referred to as the World's Best Workforce (WBWF) legislation, section 120B.11. This 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.
What is the World’s Best Workforce?
The WBWF bill was enacted to ensure every school district in the state is making strides to increase student performance. Each district must develop a plan that 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.
What are the requirements?
The School Board is required to develop a plan to support and improve teaching and learning that contains the following:
- 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.