Shifting to Mastery and SBG
A new school year is upon us and it is important to take the time to rethink our grading systems. Many school districts are adopting new grading practices as we realize our traditional percentage-based grading systems were not actually doing a good job of communicating student learning. The Mastery Collaborative in New York City is just one example of how educators are shifting to mastery grading to focus more on learning goals instead of compliance. In 2010, a state-wide standards based grading initiative began shifting teachers in Kentucky to find an effective way to measure learning by standard. We have all heard the buzz surrounding mastery and standards-based grading and slowly we are all trying to find our way to this more reliable and accurate way to communicate student learning.
Cari Williams has been developing her understanding of The Framework for K-12 Science Teaching and the NGSS through the development of curriculum, collaborative learning experiences with NSTA 3D Learning Cadre Members and as a Science Peer Review Panelist for Achieve. To learn more, please go to