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.

What's in a name?

Overview

Mastery-Based Learning word cloud

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, and performance-based among others. Connecticut uses the term Mastery-Based Learning, but all these terms are effectively interchangeable. 

The terms other states and organizations use describe the same educational system. Additionally, the term Student-Centered Learning is also used by some schools and districts to describe the work they are doing to rethink the traditional time-based delivery of curriculum and its corresponding cookie cutter approach.

For more about how mastery-based learning differs from traditional education, check out this comparison.