MN P-20 Education Partnership

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Working Group

Charge Statement

The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Working Group should develop a clear and concise definition of readiness for postsecondary education and high-skill, high-wage employment in Minnesota and a plan to disseminate that definition across the state.  This definition of readiness should identify the academic content knowledge and the habits of mind that students need not only to gain admission to a postsecondary institution or to secure high-skill employment, but to succeed once they are in college or on the job.  Minnesota’s readiness definition should be designed to provide the state’s diverse students, families, educators and communities with understandable and actionable information that can be used to guide preparation for life after high school.  It should promote both individual student success and systemic change across schools, districts and the state as a whole. 

Guiding Questions

  1. What are the differences, if any, between readiness for success in postsecondary education and for success in high-skill, high-wage jobs that do not require postsecondary credentials or degrees? 
  2. Are there threshold scores or ranges on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, the ACT, Accuplacer and other relevant tests that reliably predict readiness for postsecondary education in Minnesota? 
  3. What factors identify junior and senior high school students who are likely to take developmental courses at U of M and MnSCU institutions in Minnesota? 
  4. What course taking patterns in Minnesota junior and senior high schools are most likely to prepare students for success in various types of postsecondary education?
  5. What types and sequences of PSEO, Advanced Placement, IB and other dual credit courses are most likely to prepare Minnesota students for postsecondary success? 
  6. What are the habits of mind and the “soft skills” required for success in postsecondary education and high-skill, high-wage employment? 
  7. What samples of student work in writing, mathematics and other key areas illustrate college-ready standards, and how can those samples be disseminated across the state?
  8. How can and should Minnesota’s definition of postsecondary and workforce readiness be disseminated to families, educators and communities across the state? 

Working Group Co-Chairs

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