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.

Learning Outcomes

You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.
– Yogi Berra--

Learning Outcomes are specific statements about what students will be able to do as a result of participating in learning activities. Effective learning outcomes are an explicit outgrowth of competencies, and emphasize the highest levels of thinking: analysis, synthesis, evaluation and creation (as articulated in Bloom's Taxonomy).

There is an increasing focus on the critical role of learning outcomes, objectives and progressions, as they related to competencies and to national and state standards. Our Guide to Defining Learning Outcomes is a beginning effort to support practitioners as they navigate this terrain. " 

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Learning Expectations

A set of Learning Goals that outline what students will master with regards to skills and content. These are specific and concrete, but complex enough they they will require a number of Learning Targets to master. Learning progressions detail the Learning Objectives and Learning Targets that students must master over time.

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.