Mastery Learning puts the focus on learning and the learner(s). It is a fundamental shift from the passive industrial model we often experienced in a more traditional educational setting to an active and engaged learning experience. Mastery learning honors differences in learning processes among a diverse group of learners.
Mastery Learning ensures equitable means of intentionally designed instruction, supports, and assessment. Learner centered practices are established and drivers of the instructional design and classroom culture.
Attributes of Mastery Learning are identified in the chart below. Depending upon the task and learners, these attributes may by apparent and in action different ratios; however, all are present when appropriate during the instructional and assessment cycle.
Progress and achievement are reported on the prioritized, critical learning targets using the mastery-based proficiency scale of Mastery Plus (M+), Mastery (M), Approaching Mastery (AM), Not Yet at Mastery (NY). Special codes such as Did Not Attempt (DNA) or Not Assessed at this Time (N/A) will be used to communicate a student’s progress or lack thereof. See the District Scale below.
Parents receive feedback at each reporting period via a standards based grade card in K-6. Live access to standards based progress will be live in 5th & 6th grades per building policy.
Parents of students in middle and high school can have access to a student’s progress (via the learning management system) on the critical learning targets as well as their overall course progress in the PowerSchool grade card/progress report.