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Minnesota Administrators’ Ultimate Guide to Planning for the 2018–19 School Year

Minnesota Administrators’ Ultimate Guide to Planning for the 2018–19 School Year

With Minnesota’s ESSA plan approved by the U.S. Department of Education, planning for the 2018–19 school year is top of mind for district and school administrators. To support you in the planning process, we've assembled a curated list of our best resources aligned to goals outlined by MDE and the Minnesota ESSA plan.

Boost Academic Standards (K–12) Mastery and MCA Achievement

Building foundational reading and math skills is an ongoing challenge. Utilize the following guides to take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or refine your current practices.

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Our formative assessment workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. Its planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended learning programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district’s or school's blended learning program started.

Address Achievement Gaps and Support English Language Learners and Special Education Students

Minnesota has placed significant emphasis on increasing equity and closing achievement gaps. The English language proficiency goal is 85 percent of English learners to make progress in achieving English proficiency by 2025.The following resources provide strategies for meeting the needs of special student populations.

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students.

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support ELLs, ways to prepare ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more.

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like dyslexia, ways to navigate IEP meetings, ADHD, and trends in special education.

Support Graduation Rates

Minnesota’s overall high school graduation rate continues to trend upward, with the class of 2017 posting the highest rate on record at 82.7%.  However, ambitious long-term goals mean ramping up efforts to help students who fall behind get back on track. Make sure that your school has a credit recovery program in place so that all students can see a path to graduation.

More students fail 9th grade than any other grade level. A student’s chance of graduating high school on time decreases by 30% for every course that is failed. It is because of these very real statistics that many districts have created bridge programs. A bridge program is designed to help students successfully make the leap from middle to high school.

Our credit recovery worksheet will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Ensure College and Career Readiness

Minnesota has set a goal to reach a four-year graduation rate of 90% with no student group below 85 percent by the year 2020. A Georgetown University report projects that, by 2020, 65% of all jobs will require some postsecondary education or training. The following resources will help support college and career success.

During the 2015–16 school year, 92% of Minnesota career and technical education high school students graduated within four years, and 82% met performance goals for mathematics according to the U.S. Department of Education. It's clear that CTE programs improve outcomes for Minnesota students, which is why CTE remains a top MDE priority. Use our CTE workbook to plan a new program or as a guide to augment your current one.

Online curriculum can open up a world of college- and career-focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement®, CTE, SAT®, ACT®, and even MCA/MTAS assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways that online curriculum can be used, and it even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

Looking for online programs to help your school or district improve outcomes for all students? Check out Edmentum's suite of K–12 evidence-based assessments and digital curriculum, and see why over 8,000 districts in the nation partner with us.