MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

November 14, 2013

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – November 20

The monthly conference calls with Commissioner Brenda Cassellius are one of the best ways to stay informed about each other’s work and continue an open dialogue. School district superintendents are invited to participate in the monthly dialogue via audio conference call. The next conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call-in instructions will be e-mailed to you two days prior to the conference call.


World’s Best Workforce – Informational Sessions Schedule Update

See the latest updated schedule of informational sessions regarding the World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) legislation. Visit the site/organization indicated on the schedule for additional details and registration information. Note the new date and time for the Mankato session.

In addition, readers can access the planning guide for districts. This tool is to help drive formative conversations within school districts as they develop their WBWF plans over the next several months.

Watch for future WBWF updates each week in this newsletter.


School Facilities Financing Work Group: All-Day Every Day Kindergarten and Early Learning Programs Survey

The School Facilities Financing Work Group established by the 2013 Legislature is asking for your feedback related to school districts’ facility needs related to All-day Every Day Kindergarten and Early Learning Programs. The work group will be developing recommendations to be shared with the 2014 Legislature related to funding of facilities. It is important that we understand the facility needs related to these two very important areas that are being expanded in Minnesota.

Please complete the All-Day Every Day Kindergarten and Early Learning Programs survey by December 4, 2013. Superintendents and charter school directors are requested to complete the brief survey of 22 questions.

Newly Identified Graduates Based on 2013 Legislation

See guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education regarding legislation passed during the 2013 session which allows a variety of assessments to be used to qualify a student to earn a Minnesota high school diploma, and the MARSS reporting for graduation status. Refer to Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30, Subdivision 1.

For assistance with questions about MARSS reporting, contact

Properly Coding “Unknown” Students for Use in 2013 Graduation Rates

To assist districts in identifying students who may have left a graduation cohort, a new MARSS WES statewide report named “MARSS 61 Unknowns for Graduation Cohorts” is now posted for fall only. This report helps districts clean up the students currently coded as Unknown prior to the release of the 2013 graduation rates and before the use of those rates in next year’s 2014 Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR).

This report includes those students who were last reported in any of grades 9-12 in your district in EOY FY 2013 without graduating, transferring to a nonpublic school or a school in another state, moving to another country or passing away. The students on this report have not been reported as enrolled in a Minnesota public school in the Fall FY 2014 MARSS Files. These are students in the Unknown status that would be included as non-graduates in the upcoming release of your district’s graduation rate, and it is important to correct the end status of these students, if necessary.

MARSS coordinators have also been informed of this new “MARSS 61 Unknowns for Graduation Cohorts” report.

For assistance with questions, contact


Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has taken the following licensure actions:

· Clark, Brandy L. (FF# 430526) On November 13, 2013, the Board of Teaching permanently revoked the teaching license of Ms. Clark pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.20, Subdivision 1(b).
· Moen, Laurie L. (FF# 312560) On November 8, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement whereby Ms. Moen’s teaching license will be suspended until June 30, 2013, and until she can meet other requirements of the Board.