In blended and personalized classrooms, learning objectives are clearly stated and commonly understood by all stakeholders. Objectives (sometimes framed as “competencies” or “learning standards”) are explicit, specific, measurable, and transferable.
Objectives for learning must be connected to clear and common definitions of mastery that are applied and understood consistently across educators, students, and guardians.
Teachers and students must have clear means to accurately and consistently assess mastery of a given objective against the definition of mastery. The type of assessment might vary by objective or developmental level, but are consistently applied and normed.
In blended and personalized schools, students are held to clear, high expectations for mastery. There is common understanding of the relationships between concepts and how they build upon one another to form a pathway to mastery, but each student can follow a customized path based on their individual learning progress, motivations, and goals.
Reporting tools such as progress reports, report cards, and transcripts need to be adjusted to clearly reflect a student’s mastery of individual learning objectives. This includes a move away from traditional letter grades, separating assessments of effort, work habits, and behaviors from what skills and content a student has mastered.