Making Mastery Accessible

The Mastery Learning Resource Bank is organized around a practitioners glossary of terms that inclueds working definitions and designers' tips, accompanies by a set of curated resources. Here, you can explore the best thinking in the field on topics such as Flexibly-Paced Learning, Personalization, and Learning Progressions, while also discovering what Data Backpacks are, and how to distinguish them from Learner Profiles.

The Resource Bank was developed in partnership with Springpoint, and supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York. This section of the Design Lab is very active. We are continually updating our curated resources and refining our working definitions.

Competencies
A competency is something one can do often, in many situations, and with strong results. Competencies are measurable and/or observable knowledge, skills and behaviors:
* knowledge competencies encompass the practical and theoretical content understandings needed in order to tackle tasks
* skills competencies articulate the learned capacities that we apply to tasks
* behavioral competencies are the patterns of action that support consistently strong performance on tasks

 

In a mastery system, learning is organized around Objectives that are an explicit outgrowth of articulated Competencies. Our Competency Adoption Guide provides support to practitioners designing new competencies or refining existing ones.

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Learning Expectations

General statements that describe the combination of skills, knowledge, characteristics, aptitudes, and traits which contribute to high performance. A competency is something one can do often, in many situations and with strong results. The key to competencies is that they require students to have mastered standards at a deep enough level that they can apply their learning to challenging performance tasks.

Performance Indicators

A student-friendly description of what students will be able to do once they have mastered competencies or performance outcomes. These can be pegged to specific performance levels or to an overall description of mastery. See Performance-Level Indicators, Grade-Level Descriptors, Grade-level Expectations and Grade-Level Indicators.

Performance Outcomes

General statements that describe the combination of skills, knowledge, characteristics, aptitudes, and traits which contribute to high performance. A competency is something one can do often, in many situations and with strong results. The key to competencies is that they require students to have mastered standards at a deep enough level that they can apply their learning to challenging performance tasks.

Scoring Rubrics

Common Core State Standards-aligned tools that identify what students can do at each level of the Rating System. In a competency-based system, the rubric would describe what performance of the competencies is at each level of the rating system. In a standards-based system, it would focus on performance for each standard.