This approach to education is grounded in 5 key design principles: 1. Students advance upon achieving a pre-determined level of mastery. 2. Explicit and measurable competencies empower students. 3. Assessment is meaningful, and a positive learning experience for students. 4. Students receive timely, rapid, differentiated support. 5. Learning outcomes emphasize the creation and application of knowledge and skills. Mastery Learning is a term often used interchangeably with Competency-Based Education and Proficiency-Based Education.
- Mastery Learning
This collection of resources will provide you with a strong foundation for understanding Mastery-Learning. The Infographic and Roadmap to Mastery Learning provide overviews of the key features of a fully-implemented Mastery-Learning System. The Self-Assessment may help you gain a sense of your strengths and learning areas as you move into this work. You will also find definitions, portraits, and a link to CompetencyWorks, which documents much of the work going on in the field. (This term is typically used interchangeably with Mastery-Learning and Proficiency-Based Education (PBE), though CBE is currently used most frequently).
Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line
Create a system that is aligned with all 5 of the Design Principles, but for #2 and #5, either adopt exitsing competencies such as Asia Society's, or use standards as the learning outcomes, rather than competencies. Over time, competencies can be layered in.