Mastery-based learning is known by several other names, such as competency-based learning and proficiency-based learning. In Wallingford, we are using the term mastery-based learning.
Why mastery-based learning?
In a mastery-based learning environment there is a consistent set of rigorous standards for all students.
These standards provide the following:
- clear and consistent expectations for student learning
- clear and consistent criteria for assessing student achievement (grading)
- clear and consistent criteria for communicating with students and parents student learning and achievement
- local control of establishing what students need to know and be able to do to graduate from Wallingford Public Schools
- Local Control
How is this different from what we are already doing?
In reality, many aspects of mastery-based learning are not different than what we are already doing. We have a curriculum based on standards. We have grading in K-5 based on standards.
The main differences are:
- teachers and administrators will not be the only ones to know the standards for students
- a clear progression and alignment of standards would exist and be shared so we all know what a graduate from Wallingford Public Schools knows and is able to do
- these clear locally developed standards will be the basis for a consistent reporting of progress to parents and students
- the district adopted standards are consistently rigorous for all students