Answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions from PROSE schools have been posted on the PROSE Knowledge Base.
Mastery-Based Learning Policy:
Many schools express interest in implementing a Mastery-Based Grading system but have lingering questions: "What is Mastery-Based Grading?", "What structures do I need to have in place to implement?"
Mastery-based learning is an approach based on the principle that students can advance to the next course upon demonstrating mastery of course outcomes. Student progress and performance is measured based on specific pre- determined competencies and skills, and data are used to provide timely, differentiated support based on students’ individual learning needs. There are specific parameters that determine what a mastery-based learning system is.
In a mastery-based learning system, schools:
- Identify specific standards and competencies on which students must demonstrate proficiency;
- Align curriculum, scope and sequence, lesson plans, student assessments, and grading policies to identify standards and competencies;
- Define qualitative, descriptive criteria that indicate how a student can demonstrate proficiency or progress toward proficiency on each standard and competency; and
- Provide students with regular, specific feedback on their progress toward meeting each identified standard and competency (note: feedback is typically not averaged, but tracked individually).
Implementing mastery-based learning requires long-term planning and strong support from the school community, including teachers, administrators, students, and families. Schools considering adopting a mastery-based system should contact the Mastery Collaborative in conjunction with their field support team. Please read the Framework for Mastery Implementation, an evolving document that is created by the active school community within the Mastery Collaborative, and the Mastery-Based Learning Policy FAQ for more details.
The Mastery Collaborative welcomes schools who wish to learn more about mastery-based implementation. Sign up now to be an active member. Reach out to the Mastery Collaborative at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application