What is World's Best Workforce?
The World’s Best Workforce bill was passed in 2013 to ensure every school district in Minnesota 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.
How do we report our World’s Best Workforce plan?
Under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11, school districts develop a World’s Best Workforce Annual Report and report summary for each school year. The summary documents the WBWF goals that were established by the district the previous year and the progress made on those goals by the end of the school year.
What are the requirements?
The District 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.
Why is Minnesota focused on this idea?
According to MDE, in order for Minnesota to be competitive, we must have students who are college and career ready and students who are poised to lead the state’s workforce. This is important for a number of reasons:
- Our population is aging.
- Seventy percent (70%) of jobs will require more than a high school diploma by 2018.
- We don’t have qualified candidates to fill many good-paying jobs.
- The fastest growing segment of our future workforce is students of color, and they currently have the state’s lowest graduation rate.
- Minnesota has one of the worst black-white achievement gaps in the country.