Mastery-Based Learning

As part of the school’s value statement of “Equity Leads Education”, over the past five years, teams of teachers have been exploring, researching and implementing methods to ground instructional and grading practices in equity. Rooted in educational research, these practices strive to provide assessment and feedback that is both accurate and bias-resistant.

To this end, the school has adopted a more mathematically accurate grading scale and has a team of early-adopter teachers implementing mastery-based educational practices. These practices include the use of clearly articulated learning targets and success criteria, grading practices that focus on the level of student understanding, rather than behavior, and encouraging students to take part in a relearning-reassessment cycle to optimize their mastery of course material.