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.

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Grouping Plan

In High Schools organized around the Carnegie Unit, this is often called Programming: the process of assigning students to classes (i.e. grouping students). Some schools also group students according to ability (tracking). In a a Mastery Learning System, where learning is self-paced or flexibily-paced (see definitions) the grouping plan has to be flexible.

Learner Profiles

Learner Profiles document the ways a student best learns. Learner Profiles typically include a broad range of data: demographic data, daba about student interests, learning preferences, descriptions of the learning environment student prefer, inter- and intra-personal skills, existing competencies and those that need to be developed (in the personal, social-emotional, academic and career arenas).