Policy #619 Staff Development for Standards

Adopted:  6-11-98                                                                             MSBA/MASA Model Policy 619

Orig. 1998

Revised:   7-9-15                                                                                                                 Rev. 2014


I.          PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to establish opportunities for staff development which advance the staff’s ability to work effectively with the Graduation Assessment Requirements and with students as they progress to achievement of those Graduation Assessment Requirements and meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.


The school district is committed to developing staff policies and processes for continuous improvement of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to ensure effective implementation of the Graduation Assessment Requirements and the No Child Left Behind Act at all levels.


A.        The Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Continuous Improvement of Student Achievement (Committee) shall address the needs of all staff in prioritizing staff development which will ensure effective implementation of the Graduation Assessment Requirements and the No Child Left Behind Act at all levels.  The Committee will advise the school board on the planning of staff development opportunities.

B.        The school district shall place a high priority on staff development including activities, programs, and other efforts to implement the Graduation Assessment Requirements effectively and to upgrade that implementation continuously.

C.        Staff development plans for the school district shall address identified needs for Graduation Assessment Requirements implementation throughout all levels of the school district programs.

D.        In service, staff meeting, and district and building level staff development plans and programs shall focus on improving implementation of the Graduation Assessment Requirements at all levels for all students, including those with special needs.


A.        Paraprofessionals. The school district will provide each paraprofessional who assists a licensed teacher in providing student instruction with initial training.  Such training will include training in emergency procedures, confidentiality, vulnerability, reporting obligations, discipline, policies, roles and responsibilities, and building orientation.  Training will be provided within the first 60 days a paraprofessional begins supervising or working with students.

B.        Teachers/Administrators

1.         The school district will provide high quality and ongoing professional development activities as required by state and federal laws.

2.         The school district will assign an administrator to serve as a highly objective uniform state standard of evaluation (HOUSSE) reviewer.  The administrator shall meet with teachers and, where appropriate, certify the teacher’s application for highly qualified status.

Legal References:       Minn. Stat. § 120B.02 (Educational Expectations for Minnesota’s Students)

Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)

Minn. Stat. § 120B.363 (Credential for Education Paraprofessionals)

Minn. Stat. § 122A.16 (Qualified Teacher Defined)

Minn. Stat. § 122A.60 (Staff Development Program)

Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0640-3501.0655 (Academic Standards for Language Arts)

Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0700-3501.0745 (Academic Standards for Mathematics)

Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0800-3501.0815 (Academic Standards for the Arts)

Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0900-3501.0955 (Academic Standards in Science)

Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1000-3501.1190 (Graduation-Required Assessment for Diploma) (repealed Minn. L. 2013, Ch. 116, Art. 2, § 22)

Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1200-3501.1210 (Academic Standards for English Language Development)

Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1300-3501.1345 (Academic Standards for Social Studies)

20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)

Cross References:       MSBA/MASA Model Policy 104 (School District Mission Statement)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 601 (School District Curriculum and Instruction Goals)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 613 (Graduation Requirements)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 616 (School District System Accountability)