Building towards mastery

Mastery-based learning systems prepare students for life after high school by providing targeted learning opportunities that focus on mastering skills that are responsive to individual student progress. Building towards Mastery: Tools and Practices for Supporting Overage and Under-Credited Adolescents in a Mastery-Based Learning Environment provides a set of tips, tools, and practices for educators who are committed to getting the best results for students who have struggled in the past.

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This document provides an overview of the premise for using Mastery-based learning systems to prepare students for life after high school by providing targeted learning opportunities that focus on mastering skills and that are responsive to individual student progress, particularly for students who have lagged behind in high school. The document a...

This document discusses the pedagogical foundation for teachers to identify focal skills around which to design lessons and assessments, including four key attributes of rigorous expectations; multiple assessment opportunities; individualized instructional support; and opportunities for students to monitor and reflect. When implemented well, maste...

This document provides an overview of the Wheel Framework as a necessary starting point for any mastery-based learning system which articulates what students are expected to master in order to graduate. This makes the full range of competencies transparent to all staff and students when used by school leadership and teachers during curriculum devel...

This document provides an overview of the Challenge Template as a method for helping teachers design curriculum anchored in a sequence of assessments that allow students multiple opportunities to practice, develop, and eventually demonstrate that they have met rigorous expectations. The template helps support teachers in designing assessments and ...

This document provides an overview of the Facilitation Plan Template as a method to help students achieve mastery by providing differentiated support on an individual basis as each student advances along their own learning paths. The Facilitation plan helps teachers plan daily instruction for individual students based on their needs to guide instr...

This document provides an overview of conditions within the school framework which support successful implementation of this focus area of work to improve student performance outcomes. The document also includes the appendices which contain templates of the wheel framework; the challenge template; and the facilitation plan.

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