Implementing Mastery Grading in Undergraduate Mathematics

Mastery grading is an approach to assessing student learning that provides students with specific learning objectives and has grades directly tethered to students’ ability to demonstrate “mastery” of the learning objectives.  Expectations for earning mastery on learning objectives are high and are clearly communicated to students beforehand.  Rather than accumulating partial credit on assessments, students are given multiple attempts to achieve mastery throughout the semester.  We give an overview of mastery grading, its challenges and potential advantages (e.g., reducing test anxiety, tracking student progression, motivating students to succeed, simplifying grading), and discuss past and on-going implementation in calculus courses.  

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3:00pm to 3:50pm

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