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.

Mastery Learning

The reinvention of daily life means marching off the edge of our maps. --Bob Black-- The design of a comprehensive mastery learning system is a complicated process. In compiling this knowledge base, we identified 35 discrete elements that will be present in a fully mature system. Our Self-Assessment ToolRoadmap for Implementing Mastery Learning and Features of a Mastery Learning System--Infographic may help you become comfortable with the terrain.

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Learning Expectations

General statements that describe the combination of skills, knowledge, characteristics, aptitudes, and traits which contribute to high performance. A competency is something one can do often, in many situations and with strong results. The key to competencies is that they require students to have mastered standards at a deep enough level that they can apply their learning to challenging performance tasks.

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.

Performance Outcomes

General statements that describe the combination of skills, knowledge, characteristics, aptitudes, and traits which contribute to high performance. A competency is something one can do often, in many situations and with strong results. The key to competencies is that they require students to have mastered standards at a deep enough level that they can apply their learning to challenging performance tasks.

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.