Mastery scores help students track their progress toward becoming an expert at various topics while they practice on NoRedInk. Think of mastery scores as a progress bar, rather than a percentage correct, tracing students' most recent progress and growth. A mastery score of 88, for example, suggests that a student is 88% of the way toward the goal, not that the student has answered 88% of questions correctly.
Students will earn progress towards their mastery in a topic by correctly answering questions associated with a given skill within NoRedInk. Most often, students will work towards mastery by completing Practice activities assigned to them by their teacher, or by completing practice independently via their "Learn" page.
What are some features of mastery-based and adaptive practice?
- During Practice, students progress through proficiency levels: Starting Off, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Mastery. While they work, their Practice score adjusts to represent the percentage of topics they are mastering in the assignment (a score of 100% means the student has mastered all assignment topics and the assignment is therefore complete).
- Students have an unlimited number of chances to get to full mastery of a topic. Our Practice engine dynamically adjusts the difficulty of questions based on students' answers, and students receive targeted lessons when they get a question wrong.
- Students will not all see the same questions, and some students may need more or less time to master a single skill. Generally, we estimate that it will take 5-10 minutes to master each skill on the site.
- Students do not lose points when they get questions wrong. Instead, students enter a temporary "frozen" state. In this state, students will be given extra practice questions to ensure that they fully understand the skill before moving on. After answering two more questions correctly in a row, students will be able to return to Practice as normal.
💡Click here to learn more about creating Practice assignments
How do teachers track students' mastery levels?
Mastery tab of the Student Data page
- For each Practice assignment you assign to students, you'll be able to track their progress as they master the topics you've assigned. Click here to learn how to use the assignment results page.
- You can also keep track of students' global mastery levels for all NoRedInk Pathways and topics in the Mastery tab of your Student Data page. This data includes progress students gain from assignments you create for them but also from any practice they might have done on their own. If you notice any slight discrepancies where some students have mastered more or less topics than others, it could be because those students have practiced independently.