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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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.