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.

Meaningful Assessment

In a mastery system, assessments are the vehicle for to track progress towards the mastery of learning objectives, outcomes and competencies. They provide both teachers and students with an opportunity to reflect on and address gaps in understanding and skill, clarify confusions, identify critical next learning activities. At the heart of this approach to is the understanding that assessment is a collaborative endeavor for teachers and students, who are crafting multiple opportunities, contexts, and pathways for students to master (and demonstrate their mastery of) competencies.

Our team has developed a suite of Performance Task Guides for teachers committed to preparing students to successfully undertake the tasks assigned to college students. Our Assessment Pathway Model and Prototyping ToolList of College Benchmarked Performance Tasks, and accompanying slideshow, Mapping Backwards from the Tasks Required of College Freshmen, provide an overview of one approach to designing meaningful assessments. The Performance Tasks and Formative Tasks sections of our Design Lab house our compilation of College-Ready Assessments.

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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.