Product Review of MasteryConnect
MasteryConnect provides tools for educators to track mastery of standards in real time, and it also serves as a repository for teacher-created formative assessments. The “mastery” part of the website helps educators plan assessments linked to standards and analyze data collected from the assessments. With a premium account, educators can create customized curriculum maps linked to formative assessments. Common Core State Standards are color-coded by domain and can be rearranged, rewritten, and compiled from various subject areas. Grades can be entered as raw scores, using rubrics, performance sources, bubble sheets, or even built-in GradeCam support. Users can customize the mastery levels to match school criteria. Reports are detailed and can be shared with parents and learners using an online portal. School and district users can also import data into a school-based SIS.
The “connect” part of the website provides an online repository of teacher-created formative assessments. Teachers can search the assessment bank via a Pinterest-like interface. Teachers can use, download, and modify any of the shared assessments, some of which are even peer-reviewed. Assessments created by free-account users are automatically shared with the community. Premium accounts include privacy controls and ways to share within schools or a district. Paid users can also upload copyrighted assessments to share and reuse in the future.
Teachers can use MasteryConnect to plan formative assessments and track student progress on standards. The free version gives educators access to the searchable assessment bank. Teachers use this to help brainstorm and build their curricula. They can also track their learners‘ progress using online tools. Reports can be printed and shared with learners and families, keeping everyone in the loop.
For communities with a premium account, educators can use MasteryConnect to network with other educators at their schools, jointly plan curricula, and set up full scope and sequences. Teachers can stay more organized and keep track of their long-term goals using these helpful tools.
MasteryConnect offers excellent grading customization including adjustable grading scales, rubrics, performance-based assessments, bubble sheets, and GradeCam. These tools are matched with sharing features that help educators, learners, and parents track mastery of standards in real time. Each stakeholder can view the data clearly and make instructional decisions based on learners‘ various levels of mastery.
The repository of shared assessments — some even peer-reviewed — can also spark creativity, conversation, and perhaps increased rigor in the classroom by giving educators a large range of resources from which to pull ideas. The curriculum-mapping tool is the standout, but it’s a premium feature. This tool helps educators and teams create long-term assessment plans based on CCSS. It’s flexible enough to allow for backward planning, reordering standards, drilling down into substandards, and even rewording the standards to better match the school’s learning targets. Uploading formative assessments to these plans helps create an organized and lasting overview of the curriculum.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Engage with a large network of educators sharing standards-aligned assessments. Pins make browsing assessments visually interesting and easy to search. The teacher interface is a bit overwhelming.
Curriculum and Instruction
Assessments are linked to standards, and grading is quick and flexible. Reporting tools provide insight into student mastery. The best benefits, however, will require school/district buy-in.
An interactive tour gets users up and running quickly. Tutorials and videos are available throughout the site.