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The Owatonna School Board will be hosting it’s World’s Best Workforce annual meeting at 5 p.m. Monday

The community will receive updates at the meeting on the district’s status report, as well as learn about some of the actions the district is taking to address five goals set by the Minnesota Legislature. Among the goals that will be addressed include:

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 meeting will be livestreamed and residents can expect to learn more about the district’s strategic plan and commitments. People may join the virtual meeting by visiting the Owatonna Public School website at www.isd761.org or tuning in via the Owatonna Public Schools’ YouTube channel.

In conjunction with this meeting, the district’s dashboard will be updated, which can be found at https://sites.google.com/isd761.org/opsdashboard/home. The website highlights four commitments the district has made, including creating 21st century learners, creating a safe and caring community, ensuring high quality teaching and learning, and equity. The dashboard highlights data which shows the district’s efforts to align with these commitments.

The dashboard is updated frequently throughout the year as the district makes progress.

“Most of the items being measured on our dashboard are annually reviewed as they are not necessarily tied to events as much as processes,” Elstad said in an email to the People’s Press.

The World’s Best Workforce legislation was passed in 2013 to ensure Minnesota school districts are making efforts to increase student performance, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. The MDE wants Minnesota students to be competitive and ready for the working world or college after school.

More information about the World’s Best Workforce can be found at https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/wbwf/.

Reach reporter Ashley Rezachek at 507-444-2376. ©Copyright 2020 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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