Mastery Week

Mastery Week is a digital sharing and online collaboration event hosted each summer by Springpoint. It provides a space for organizations and practitioners from across the country to share their experiences refining mastery-based learning models, grappling with common questions about mastery, and finding and testing best practices. This site compiles and highlights key learnings through articles, resources, tools, Q&As, social media conversations. We hope you will get involved!


Thank you for your interest in Mastery Week! Our 2018 topic focused on Mastery Assessment. Explore this page for resources and articles.

And, if you will be at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, TN from October 21-24, please join us on Monday for our iNACOL session--Cutting through the Noise: Knowledge Sharing in the CBE Field--at 11:15 to learn more about Mastery Week and to get involved for next year.

If we will not see you at iNACOL and you are interested in getting involved in Mastery Week, please reach out to

The last day of Mastery Week focused on resource sharing on assessment. We featured a few awesome roundups from Getting Smart and CompetencyWorks, plus an overview of a CBE master's program from 2Revolutions & Southern New Hampshire University and a tool from MasteryCollaborative.

On day 4 of #MasteryWeek our theme focuses on grading and reporting. Ellen Hume-Howard shares her thoughts on the subject, while NGLC features Mastery Transcript Consortium, and 2Revolutions talks about how educators can calibrate scoring.

On day 3 of #MasteryWeek, we've got articles from Center for Collaborative Education on designing a system of assessment, a Q&A from Champlaign Valley Union High School about their approach and iteration, & a course 2Revolutions on crafting a system that collects a body of evidence on student learning. Click below to read more:

Day 2 included articles from Laurie Gagnon of reDesign about crafting mastery assessments, a thought piece from Springpoint's Xochitl Garcia on the position and power of students in a mastery system & a set of resources from 2Revolutions on designing individual assessments. Click below to read more:

Check out our welcome article, featuring four innovative schools and their interesting approaches to assessment in a mastery-based system and an article from 2Revolutions on the criticality of rethinking assessment:

Last year, we hosted the first ever Mastery Week to share mastery resources and insights from across the country to help schools plan their communications strategies.

This year we will focus on mastery assessment, diving into specific topics within this category each day. Mastery Assessment Week will take place the last week in August, from the 27th to the 31st. As always, we encourage everyone to join the conversation using the hashtag #masteryweek and reach out if you have any questions or would like to deepen your participation:

To organize the week, we are highlighting key questions and sub themes:

Monday - What can assessment look like in a mastery-based system?

Springpoint will open the week with a welcome post that explains the mechanics of the week and highlights resources and examples around creating and refining mastery assessment practices.

Tuesday - How are assessments designed in a mastery-based system?

reDesign will discuss approaches to designing individual student assessments. You'll hear about strategies for providing students with rich, actionable feedback and ways to align assessment touchpoints to high-quality rubrics.

Wednesday - How do you design a system of assessments in a mastery-based environment?

Center for Collaborative Education will explain how to build a system of assessments that gives a full picture of student learning. You'll learn how collaborative structures can create robust assessment systems at the classroom, school, and even system level. Virgel Hammonds from KnowledgeWorks will host a twitter chat on mastery assessment at 7pmET / 4pm PT using the hashtag #masteryweek.

Thursday - What changes with mastery grading and reporting?

Check out a wide range of perspectives and resources on the topic of grading policies--including norming practices, pacing and progress, and strategically structuring opportunities for assessment. And be sure to share your own tips, ideas, and questions on mastery-based grading.

Friday - Share out your ideas, resources, tips, and tools!

The week culminates in a massive resource sharing event, featuring content from all across the education field. Prepare your favorite resource or write a short thought piece to get involved in the conversation! Please reach out if you need ideas or have any questions:

In addition to Springpoint, participating organizations include Center for Collaborative Education, reDesign, KnowledgeWorks, 2 Revolutions, NGLC, Assessment for Learning Project, Getting Smart, Mastery Collaborative, and others.

Last year, we hosted Mastery Communications Week focused on topics around how practitioners and partners can communicate the importance and key elements of a mastery-based system. Check out the wonderful articles, resources, tools, and conversations that our partners and others in the field shared!