Mastery with a Master: Bronx International HS's System Explained
The March MC online session featured Luincys Fernandez of Bronx International High School (BXIHS). Luincys led a thorough and detailed presentation about her school's outcomes-based grading system.
With nine years of experience using mastery-based grading, Luincys is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced teachers of mastery-learning in New York City. She leads trainings for BXIHS staff to calibrate and redefine how the learning and grading structures work.
Luincys explained that teachers at BXIHS write outcomes that fall within three distinct categories: content, skills, and language acquisition. (All students enter the school as ELLs and recent immigrants, so language acquisition is a big focus at this high school.)
Outcomes are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, NY State Learning Standards, as well as the Depths of Knowledge Levels. Teachers continually plan together to ensure that outcomes are measurable and are expressed in student-friendly language--and that students have multiple opportunities to move from Not Yet Proficient, to Proficient, to Highly Proficient on each individual outcome.
This grading system touches each element of Luincys' classroom. She shared examples, artifacts, and images to demonstrate how each outcome is defined and assessed. Luincys concluded her presentation by leading participants through her system of conferencing and re-submitting work.
You can access Luincys's presentation here, and a recording of the entire online session here. To learn more about Bronx International HS, read Chris Sturgis's CompetencyWorks post from last December, which begins: "Inspiring. I know no other word to describe the students and staff at Bronx International High School (BxIHS)."