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120B.11 School district process.

Subdivision 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section and section 120B.10, the following terms have the meanings given them.

(a) "Instruction" means methods of providing learning experiences that enables a student to meet graduation standards.

(b) "Curriculum" means written plans for providing students with learning experiences that lead to knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes.

Subd. 2. Adopting policies. (a) A school board shall adopt annually a written policy that includes the following:

(1) district goals for instruction and curriculum;

(2) a process for evaluating each student's progress toward meeting graduation standards and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of instruction and curriculum affecting students' progress;

(3) a system for periodically reviewing all instruction and curriculum;

(4) a plan for improving instruction and curriculum; and

(5) an instruction plan that includes education effectiveness processes developed under section 122A.625 and integrates instruction, curriculum, and technology.

Subd. 3. Instruction and curriculum advisory committee. Each school board shall establish an instruction and curriculum advisory committee to ensure active community participation in all phases of planning and improving the instruction and curriculum affecting state graduation standards. A district advisory committee, to the extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the district and its learning sites, and shall include teachers, parents, support staff, pupils, and other community residents. The district may establish building teams as subcommittees of the district advisory committee under subdivision 4. The district advisory committee shall recommend to the school board districtwide education standards, assessments, and program evaluations. Learning sites may expand upon district evaluations of instruction, curriculum, assessments, or programs. Whenever possible, parents and other community residents shall comprise at least two-thirds of advisory committee members.

Subd. 4. Building team. A school may establish a building team to develop and implement an education effectiveness plan to improve instruction and curriculum. The team shall advise the board and the advisory committee about developing an instruction and curriculum improvement plan that aligns curriculum, assessment of student progress in meeting state graduation standards, and instruction.

Subd. 5. Report. (a) By October 1 of each year, the school board shall use standard statewide reporting procedures the commissioner develops and adopt a report that includes the following:

(1) student performance goals for meeting state graduation standards adopted for that year;

(2) results of local assessment data, and any additional test data;

(3) the annual school district improvement plans;

(4) information about district and learning site progress in realizing previously adopted improvement plans; and

(5) the amount and type of revenue attributed to each education site as defined in section 123B.04.

(b) The school board shall publish the report in the local newspaper with the largest circulation in the district or by mail. The board shall make a copy of the report available to the public for inspection. The board shall send a copy of the report to the commissioner of children, families, and learning by October 15 of each year.

(c) The title of the report shall contain the name and number of the school district and read "Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Performance." The report must include at least the following information about advisory committee membership:

(1) the name of each committee member and the date when that member's term expires;

(2) the method and criteria the school board uses to select committee members; and

(3) the date by which a community resident must apply to next serve on the committee.

Subd. 6. Student evaluation. The school board annually shall provide high school graduates or GED recipients who receive a diploma or its equivalent from the school district with an opportunity to report to the board on the following:

(1) the quality of district instruction, curriculum, and services;

(2) the quality of district delivery of instruction, curriculum, and services;

(3) the utility of district facilities; and

(4) the effectiveness of district administration.

Subd. 7. Periodic report. Each school district shall periodically ask affected constituencies about their level of satisfaction with school. The district shall include the results of this evaluation in the report required under subdivision 5.

Subd. 8. Biennial evaluation; assessment program. At least once every two years, the district report shall include an evaluation of the district testing programs, according to the following:

(1) written objectives of the assessment program;

(2) names of tests and grade levels tested;

(3) use of test results; and

(4) implementation of an assurance of mastery program.

HIST: 1996 c 412 art 7 s 4; 1Sp1997 c 4 art 5 s 12; 1998 c 397 art 6 s 124; art 11 s 3; 2000 c 254 s 2