Mastery Grading: Promoting Student Success and Deeper Learning through Grading Practices

Course Dates: July 14, 2021 through August 25, 2021

Overview

This six-module course for educators is designed to examine and develop the use of Mastery Grading, a philosophical approach to grading where grades reflect demonstrated mastery of course content and have a positive effect on student learning.

During this course, participants will learn a variety of mastery grading components, including how to break course content into assessable learning targets, what types of options exist to allow students to demonstrate mastery, and how productive struggle and the opportunity for revision of student work supports learning and reduces inequity.

The program is a significant starting point for instructors on the journey towards mastery grading and will equip them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to redesign their course for mastery.

Professional Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the key elements of mastery grading systems and their advantages over traditional grading systems.
  • Create or revise assessable learning targets for mastery.

Modules

Starts July 14

In this module, participants will review the key literature around the philosophy of Mastery Grading and then reflect upon those ideas as they relate to their own course. By using collective discussions, participants should be able to begin to ask the deep questions about what learning is and looks like for their course; as well as, focusing on the larger components of a single course they teach.

Professional Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

  • Define the core principles of what Mastery Grading means.
  • Describe why traditional grading is iniquitous or needs to be changed.
  • Evaluate the fundamental building blocks of my course to redesign it.

Starts July 21

In this module, participants will review their learning objectives, or targets, for the purposes of mastery in their course. Doing this will require the review of some key ideas around measuring and appropriately pairing of language to teacher and student. Participants will have the opportunity to also gain expert feedback on some of their revised learning targets to fit the “goldilocks” zone of a target.

Professional Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

  • Identify appropriately written, assessable, and student facing learning objectives.
  • Revise a learning objective to be appropriately written, assessable, and student facing.

Starts July 28

In this module, participants will examine how to incorporate the philosophy of mastery grading, into the components of their course and grading system. By reviewing and reflecting on readings and guided discussions, participants will develop their first plans and choices for making the big step into the mastery grading world.

Professional Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

  • Use a rubric to evaluate for learning level of a student.
  • Convert the mastery of learning standards into a final grade.
  • Evaluate when and how to quantify the mastery of learning standards.
  • Evaluate the appropriate level of complexity to a mastery grading architecture.

Starts August 4

In this module, participants will begin the process of aligning their targets to their assessments and assignments. By reviewing the ideas of evaluation, measurable learning, and reassessment, participants will have an opportunity to follow a guided discussion around practice for their classrooms.

Professional Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate appropriate assessments/assignments that demonstrate mastery of learning standards.
  • Design or redesign assessments/assignments that align and measure mastery of learning standards.

Starts August 11

In this module, participants will grapple with the elusive practice of giving learning-based feedback. Through guided discussion and facilitated examples, participants will try giving and sharing feedback to target around learning and reassessment for their classes.

Professional Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Give learning-based feedback on assignments/assessments.
  • Show students how to use feedback in their learning.
  • Build feedback/reassessment time into my courses.

Starts August 18

In this final module, participants will set up their plans for redesign. By reviewing what they’ve learned and asking some of the next best goal setting questions, participants will establish their game-plan to review and finish redesigning their course for mastery grading. Focusing on an inventory of what they have and what their goals are, participants will make their own or shared plans as needed in this module.

Professional Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

  • Communicate the grading practices of my course with all students and stakeholders.
  • Evaluate a student’s progress in learning content from the mastery of learning standards.
  • Communicate a student’s progress in learning content from the mastery of learning standards.

Registration Form:

Please use the form below to register through our secure PayPal page. If you would like to be sent an invoice, contact us at maribell.ramos@college-bridge.org.
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