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

Designer's Tips 

"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."

Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term. 

Making Mastery Accessible--Grading Policy Guide


Developing a grading policy is a key step toward solidifying and communicating a mastery learning system to stakeholders. Our Grading Policy Design Guide details the must-haves for setting up a coherent and comprehensive system to support and track mastery learning. Because so many schools operate within states and districts that are organized around the Carnegie Unit, the guide also provides a set of recommendations and workarounds to address the particular tensions that arise from this circumstance.


Antonia Rudenstine

Resource Type 

  • Tool

Publishing Organization 


Type of Organization 

  • reDesign


Grading Policy
Graduation Plan
Performance-Based Grading
Proficiency-Based Grading
Promotion Plan
Grade-Level Descriptors
Grade-Level Expectations
Grade-Level Indicators
Performance-Level Indicators
Performance Indicators
Rating System
Grading & Reporting System

MC2: Performance-Based Assessment Documents


Making Community Connections School shares its full set of performance-based assessment documents on its Wiki, including information about portfolios, exhibitions, and end-of-year reports. Designers will find rubrics, protocols, and other valuable tools for performance assessment.

Resource Type 

  • School-Developed Resources

Publishing Organization 

Making Community Connections

Type of Organization 

  • School or District


Grade Reports
Self-Directed Learning