The three components of a mastery-based learning gymnasium are learning targets, assessment and feedback. In this post, we will discuss assessment.
- The assessments are all aligned with the learning targets (LT).
- Curriculum-Tests-Activities- Projects-Homework must have a purpose and must align with the learning target.
- The grade is always “active”. It is never a final grade, as a student can always work towards mastery. There is no failing! The saying in our district is “learning is constant, time is the variable”, which means that everyone has the same standards to meet, but everyone meets them at their own pace and in their own way.
- Assessments are opportunities to learn and then relearn, reassess, and extend learning. In SBG, the assessments are measured as ES (exceeding), MS (mastering), PS (progressing), LP (limited progress). Remember, there are no letter (A, B, C, D, F) or number (90, 80, 75, etc) grades and the grade is not an average or cumulative grade.
- The students must know the assessment expectations ahead of time. They need to know what ES/MS/PS look like.Things to think about when developing an assessment:
- Tightly aligned to the standards.
- Students and parents are provided with clear descriptions of proficiency.
- Grading is based on mastery of the standards.
- Opportunities to relearn, reassess, and extend learning (remember, time is the variable).
- Feedback is constant to allow students to progress towards mastery or exceed the target.
- Student mastery of a standard must be assessed at least 3 times.
Examples of how our reporting looks (powerschool):