Mooresville District Adopts Competency Based Assessment Platform
Graded School District will
use a cloud-based platform to evaluate the academic progress of
all of its 6,100 students in seven schools.
district has selected MasteryConnect's platform to help teachers identify
a student's level of understanding of core academic concepts, allowing
then personalize instruction for each student and each classroom.
MasteryConnect representatives said that its platform can improve instruction
giving immediate feedback, assessments, results and data that can lead
revision of teaching strategies.
Superintendent Mark Edwards said he was
particularly happy because MasteryConnect's assessments can be accessed
student's electronic device. Eight years ago, the district began the
providing every student with devices. At this point, kindergarteners
first-graders have iPads for their use at school. Second- and
have laptops for use at school and all students in the fourth grade and
have MacBooks that they can both use at school and at home.
the classroom, teachers can use MasteryConnect
to measure each student's mastery of concepts, but also identify trends
outliers on a classroom scale. District administrators can use it to
academic performance across all grade levels.
can issue assessments and know quickly
which students are grasping teaching concepts and which need
Edwards said. "The platform takes it one step further by giving
glimpse into how they are scoring and what they need to work on."
is one of 73 district members of the League
of Innovative Schools, a network of district leaders who are leveraging
technology to improve student outcomes.
competency-based tools into
teaching is precisely the type of action we want our schools to take,"
League Director Sara Shapiro.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.