Resources for Schools and Educators


On behalf of the State Department of Education, welcome to the Mastery-Based Learning Resource Center. 

Mastery-Based Learning is an option that school districts in Connecticut may choose to award credit or promote students. Through a variety of videos, articles, and links, this website will explain what MBL is, how it works, and why it is different from traditional educational models.  

In searching the Mastery-Based Learning Resource Center, it should become clear that Mastery-Based Learning is not a curriculum or a set of standards or a pre-packaged standalone strategy. In a Mastery-Based Learning environment, students demonstrate mastery based on competencies and performance standards built from the Connecticut Core Standards and Connecticut Content Standards (social studiesartsscience, and career and technical education).

Just as no two learners are the same, no two school districts or schools are exactly alike. This means that Mastery-Based Learning will look different across Connecticut's landscape to reflect the values and needs of individual communities. 

The information below will help get you started on your journey learning about MBL in Connecticut.

Communications toolkit

Elements of Mastery-Based Learning

Why Mastery-Based Learning?


Standards and Graduation Competencies



Student Voice and Choice