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

A set of Learning Goals that outline what students will master with regards to skills and content. These are specific and concrete, but complex enough they they will require a number of Learning Targets to master. Learning progressions detail the Learning Objectives and Learning Targets that students must master over time.

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.

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