2023 World's Best Workforce Annual Report

  • Pending School Board Approval on November 28, 2023

Goal Area 1

  • Goal Area 1:  All students ready for kindergarten

    Students enrolled in PreK 3 and PreK 4 will show growth in all assessed areas as measured by TS GOLD assessments given in the Fall of 2022 and Spring of 2023. 


    • PreK 3 and PreK 4 teachers met weekly for PLCs to discuss data and inform instruction.
    • PreK 3 and PreK 4 teachers met during data days to dive deeper into the TSGold assessment results to support student outcomes.

    Results & Response: Goal Met

Goal Area 2

  • Goal Area 2: All students in third grade achieving grade level literacy

    Increase reading proficiency by 5% for third grade students from all ethnic groups as measured by the Fastbridge from Fall 2022 to Spring 2023.


    • Instructional Coaches
    • Focus on the whole group instruction within the literacy block
    • District-wide PLCs
    • Academic Tutoring
    • PRESS interventions to support literacy
    • Professional development focused on literacy

    Results & Response: Goal not met

Goal Area 3

  • Goal Area 3: Close the achievement gap among all groups

    The achievement gap in Columbia Heights Public Schools will decrease by 5% from the 2021-2022 to the 2022-2023 school year as measured by the MCA reading in grades 3-10.


    • Culturally Relevant Teaching Professional Development at the school level
    • Affinity Groups for staff district-wide and families at some buildings
    • Equity Surveys and Focus Groups
    • Applied for multiple grants to support the professional development, resources, and staff time

    Results and Response: Goal not met

Goal Area 4

  • Goal Area 4: All students attaining career and college readiness before graduating from high school

    Increase number of students taking college level courses (AP, Early College, PSEO) by 5% from 2021-2022 to 2022-2023.


    • Increase number of opportunities (classes and frequency)
    • Applied for grants to support pathways in AP STEM
    • AVID
    • College Support Classes

    Results & Response: Goal not met

Goal Area 5

  • Goal Area 5: All students graduating from high school

    Maintain or increase the graduation rate from 2021-2022 to 2022-2023.


    • Family Engagement
    • PLCs
    • Data monitoring by admin
    • Academic Tutoring and Support
    • PD around instruction and culturally relevant instruction

    Results and Response: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has not yet released the 2023 Graduation Rates. The graduation rate for Columbia Heights High School in 2022 was 90.9%, which is a decrease from the 2021 graduation rate of 94.3%. The overall graduation rate for Minnesota was 83.6% in 2022. The District will post the 2023 results online when they are released.

Achievement and Integration

  • Goal 1: Increase the college and career readiness for Hispanic students from 27% participating in early college classes to 36% participating in 2023 in order to match overall high school demographics.

    • Strategy 1

    Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

    • Strategy 2

    Access to Early College for Hispanic students

    • Strategy 3

    To provide effective family engagement opportunities

    • Strategy 4

    Developing Youth Leaders at Columbia Academy and Columbia Heights High School

    Results and response: Goal met. 58% of Hispanic students participated in college and career readiness classes.

    Goal 2: Increase CHPS students' access to teachers trained in culturally relevant and effective instruction from 65% in 2019 to 80% in 2023.

    • Strategy 5

    Cultural relevant Professional Development for staff

    • Strategy 6

    College and Career Readiness Professional Development for staff

    Results and response: Goal met. All Licensed teachers participated in culturally relevant training and effective instructions.

    Goal 3: Increase the cultural awareness and competency of CHPS students from an average of 2 at the start of the 2020 school year to 4 (Likert scale) at the end of the 2022-23 school year.

    • Strategy 7

    Writing summer seminar for students entering 9th grade

    • Strategy 8

    Math summer seminar for students entering  9th grade

    Results and response: Goal met. CHPS and St. Anthony New Brighton students participated in a summer Writing and Math seminar class. Students showed academic growth and a desire to continue the partnership.

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