Many teachers across America have used MasteryTrack effectively to transform teaching and learning in a wide range of subjects. Here are a few of their stories about how they implemented the system, how students responded, and the impact on student learning.
“But once they made the adjustment, everything changed. In six weeks I spent more time working with students individually and in small groups than the previous nine years combined. MasteryTrack also bought me time. Because MasteryTrack gave the students the agency to check in on their own progress and we all knew what each student needed, I spent less time in front of the classroom ‘teaching’ and more time working with students individually to support their learning. I know about the flipped classroom, station rotation, and other practices that are part of blended learning, but now I am able to use them systematically and more efficiently in the classroom since the gaps and opportunities are more apparent. The key is that for the first time I have the data about student learning at my fingertips, this makes all the difference. Now students do two or even three times more math in the same time period because they are only working on the content that is right for them. I can clearly see that my students are learning more content and understanding it more deeply than ever before.
“MasteryTrack is the pebble that is starting an avalanche in our school. Our principal and some of my colleagues have started emailing around articles and asking questions like, ‘Why are we assigning homework?’ and ‘What is the purpose of assessment?’ MasteryTrack is causing our entire school to ask fundamental questions about our work. It is dramatically changing how teaching and learning happen in my classroom and enabling me to do things I have never been able to do before. I am seeing new ways to improve my own practice as an educator and helping my students to learn more than ever. I am able to bring blended learning to life in my classroom better than ever before!”
“MasteryTrack enables us to really hone in on students’ individual needs because we know where the students are in their learning and what gaps they have. I can look at a section of MasteryTrack, analyze the mistakes, reteach the math and check for understanding. It’s amazing and targets the learning each student needs to do. We have found that students often ‘learn’ the math, but don’t necessarily retain the concepts or have not mastered the content. The learning curve is so varied across students—some get it right away and are ready to move forward, while others need more time practicing in order to internalize the learning. With MasteryTrack, instead of boring some and rushing others, each student gets what he or she needs.
“As both a teacher and an administrator, I am so glad we have MasteryTrack as part of our school, as we have seen how it really benefits the students. It’s easy to implement, and the students are enjoying seeing the results and targeting the next steps in their learning.”
“MasteryTrack provided the structure through which to organize our daily work in the classroom, guide the next steps in the teaching and learning process, and track student progress toward higher levels of language proficiency. During the year, our students gained awareness and made measurable improvements in the use of grammatical accuracy in language, which was something we as teachers had not measured nor backward planned previously. Students expressed increased metacognition about the next steps of learning, and as a result began to self-direct their learning. The ability to see learning data allowed teachers to purposefully target instruction to specific learning needs and adapt daily as needed. We also learned and experienced how the ongoing use of meaningful data can change teaching and learning. We saw this happen in our classrooms on a daily basis.
“MasteryTrack is AMAZING! We are on a roll and seeing the dial begin to turn in student achievement. A new way of working with students is spreading through the team. We now use the data about student progress almost every day. MasteryTrack has paved a clear pathway for students to extend their learning beyond the intermediate level of oral language proficiency. As a result of being able to see data, there have been changes to the curriculum that will create a smoother progression for students between levels. Teachers have modified instruction to meet specific needs, and our students have learned what we previously did not know how to teach.”