Opportunities to showcase the summative assessments students have completed (at a level of proficiency or higher) for an authentic audience.
- Advancement on Mastery
- Meaningful Assessment
"In a Mastery Learning System, exhibitions play a special role in providing meaningful opportunities for students to demonstrate evidence of mastery by showcasing their work in authentic contexts -- whether an online publication, a portfolio display on campus, or a presentation delivered at a community event.
Establish expectations for exhibitions at the beginning of the school year, building them into the school calendar so that students know what they are working toward and when they are expected to participate in an exhibition. Be sure to offer students choice in their experience. Remember that exhibitions often require extensive preparation from both students and teachers, and that students will need ongoing support through feedback and revision cycles as they prepare their work samples.
Building structure into your exhibition model, from end to end, can be immensely helpful to all stakeholders (e.g. pacing calendar, work display guidelines). Consider visiting exhibitions of other school sites, or researching other exemplar approaches to exhibitions to help inform your model.
Exhibitions are also great opportunities to prompt metacognitive thinking by asking students to complete a written or oral reflection on their experience, guided by a set of scaffolded reflection questions."
Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line
"Start small in year one. Consider planning a mid-year and/or an end-of-year exhibition, and use the event(s) to provide student leadership opportunities for planning and organizing. The focus in year one can be giving students exposure to the nuts and bolts of preparing for public displays of work, and engaging families and community members through the event(s).
You may want to document the experience with photos, video footage, student reflections, and guest comments/feedback. The media makes for great content on a school website or promotional video, and can help you chart your journey as you refine your exhibition model in future years."