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How Do I Master Mastery Grading?

Standards-based grading and specifications grading are forms of mastery grading, which is an alternative to traditional percentage or points-based grading scales. This program provides specific instruction about the relationship between backward design and mastery grading, while leading to how to implement mastery grading into your course.

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With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days.

How Do I Master Mastery Grading?

Standards-based grading and specifications grading are forms of mastery grading, which is an alternative to traditional percentage or points-based grading scales. In standards-based grading, the course grade is assigned based on how many course standards the student has mastered. In specifications grading, students are given detailed requirements (specifications) for each assignment; course grades are assigned based on how many assignments the student has completed to the specifications. This program provides specific instruction about the relationship between backward design and mastery grading, while leading to how to implement mastery grading into your course.

Learning Goals

After viewing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Fully understand what backward design actually is
  • Discuss the relationship between backward design and mastery grading
  • Understand the basics of mastery grading
  • Create a plan to implement mastery grading in a course

Topics Covered

  • Steps for implementing mastery grading
    • Outcomes
    • Evidence
    • Criteria (Example: EMRF rubric)
    • Revisions
    • Course grade
  • Mastery grading overview
    • Specifications grading example
    • Standards-based grading example
  • Backward design-a brief description of steps
  • Benefits and challenges of using standards-based grading
  • Suggestion for using mastery grading with a common final exam

Audience

This program will benefit:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers

Product Code: PM19WA

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