A district, intermediate school district, or a cooperative unit, as defined in section 123A.24, subdivision 2, may develop an educational improvement plan for the purpose of qualifying for the alternative teacher professional pay system under section 122A.414. The plan must include measures for improving school district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, teacher, and individual student performance.
The educational improvement plan must be approved by the school board or governing board and have at least these elements:
(1) assessment and evaluation tools to measure student performance and progress, including the academic literacy, oral academic language, and achievement of English learners, among other measures;
(2) performance goals and benchmarks for improvement;
(3) measures of student attendance and completion rates;
(4) a rigorous research and practice-based professional development system, based on national and state standards of effective teaching practice applicable to all students including English learners with varied needs under section 124D.59, subdivisions 2 and 2a, and consistent with section 122A.60, that is aligned with educational improvement and designed to achieve ongoing and schoolwide progress and growth in teaching practice;
(5) measures of student, family, and community involvement and satisfaction;
(6) a data system about students and their academic progress that provides parents and the public with understandable information;
(7) a teacher induction and mentoring program for probationary teachers that provides continuous learning and sustained teacher support; and
(8) substantial participation by the exclusive representative of the teachers in developing the plan.
A district or intermediate school district that develops a plan under subdivisions 1 and 2 must ensure that each school site develops a board-approved educational improvement plan that is aligned with the district educational improvement plan under subdivision 2 and developed with the exclusive representative of the teachers. While a site plan must be consistent with the district educational improvement plan, it may establish performance goals and benchmarks that meet or exceed those of the district.
NOTE: The amendments to subdivisions 1 and 2 by Laws 2015, First Special Session chapter 3, article 2, sections 27 and 28, are effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and later. Laws 2015, First Special Session chapter 3, article 2, sections 27 and 28, the effective dates.