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 Progressions

A sequence of skill- and content-oriented building blocks that students master as part of the progression towards mastery of a larger Learning Goal or Objective. Students move through a progression over time (sometimes within a course or module, sometimes across years, courses or modules.


A set of content and/or skills that is organized around a set of Learning Objectives aligned to Competencies. Modules are often designed as student-facing (hosted on a learning management system) allowing students to engage directly with the material. Modules differ from traditional curricular units in that they stand alone as a complete learning experience (Modules can be organized around units).

Scope and Sequence

Scope refers to the breadth and depth of content and skills to be taught across grade levels. The sequence is the ordering of the content and skills. In High Schools organized around the Carnegie Unit, a scope and sequence becomes an ordering of courses: Algebra, Geometry, or US History, World History. In a Mastery Learning System, a scope and sequence can refer to smaller units of learning, such as a set of modules or units, or even a set of Thematic Projects, Perofrmance Tasks, or Challenges.