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.

Advancement on Mastery
In a Mastery System students:
* Are advanced to higher-level work upon demonstration of mastery, not age or "seat-time."
* Work at levels that are appropriately challenging.
* Are evaluated on performance, not seat time, effort or attitude.
* Move at their own pace to complete courses.

--Adapted from the definition posted on the CompetencyWorks Wiki--

Designing an effective Advancement system is complicated work, rendered even more challenging in districts and states that are still organized around the Carnegie Unit. The resources collected here may help with the process. Our Grading Policy Guide may help with this aspect of the work.

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Grade Composition

The elements that combine to create a report card or progress report "grade" for students. In a mastery-learning system "grades" are composed of students' best demonstrations of mastery for each of the competencies: early efforts are viewed as practice rather than failure, and are not considered in the determination of a grade. For the purposes of reporting to families, authorizers, districts, other schools and post-secondary institutions, competencies can still be pegged to specific courses or modules, and an overall grade assigned.

Grade Reports

The report cards and progress reports that will be shared with students and their families at regular intervals during the school year, as well as the transcripts that will be sent to post-secondary institutions. In a mastery-learning system progress reports and report cards are often organized to display progress towards mastery of the competencies, while transcripts are organized to display grades for specific courses or modules.