NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mastery-Based Learning

Overview

Mastery-based learning refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating that they have learned the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education. In public schools, mastery-based systems use state learning standards to determine academic expectations and define “mastery” in a given course, subject area, or grade level (although other sets of standards may also be used, including standards developed by districts and schools or by subject-area organizations). The general goal of mastery-based learning is to ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge and skills that are deemed to be essential to success in school, higher education, careers, and adult life. If students fail to meet expected learning standards, they typically receive additional instruction, practice time, and academic support to help them achieve mastery or meet the expected standards.

Defining mastery-based learning is complicated by the fact that educators not only use a wide variety of terms for the general approach, but the terms may or may not be used synonymously from place to place. A few of the more common synonyms include competency-based, proficiency-based, outcome-based, performance-based, and standards-based education, instruction, and learning, amongothers.

In practice, mastery-based learning can take a wide variety of forms from state to state or school to school—there is no single model or universally used approach. While schools often create their own mastery-based systems, they may also use systems, strategies, or models created by state education agencies or outside educational organizations. Mastery-based learning is more widely used at the elementary level, although more middle schools and high schools are adopting the approach. As with any educational strategy, some mastery-based systems may be better designed or more effective than others.