What is the World’s Best Workforce?
The World’s Best Workforce bill was passed in 2013 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.
Why is Minnesota focused on this idea?
For Minnesota to be competitive, we must have students who are college and career ready, 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.
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.
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. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recommends that districts and charter schools develop goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART).
How will we measure progress?
Each district will create their own plan to align curriculum and instruction so that students are college and career ready. The success of each plan will be measured by:
- The Kindergarten Entry Profile or other measures of school readiness.
- State or local assessments.
- Graduation rates.
- College entrance exams.
- Postsecondary outcomes, including employment.
World’s Best Workforce for the St. Charles Public School District means striving to do the following:
Have all students meet school readiness goals
Have all third grade students achieve grade-level literacy
Close the academic achievement gap among all racial and ethnic groups of students and between students living in poverty and their more privileged peers
Have all students graduate from high school
Have all students attain college and career preparedness