With student-centered approaches, learners’ progress is based primarily on mastery of a skill or body of knowledge, rather than age, hours on task or credits earned. While teachers facilitate learning, this approach transfers the responsibility for learning to students, who often track their own progress.

Examples of progression based on mastery include:


Gray-New Gloucester

At Gray-New Gloucester in Maine, students move ahead when they've demonstrated mastery of a subject or skillnot time spent in the classroom.

Boston Day and Evening Academy

Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA) has fully abandoned the traditional year-long high school calendar and replaced it with a modular trimester of courses aligned to a system of standards-based competencies (learning targets) and benchmarks (skills needed to achieve a learning target) that all students need to master.

Vergennes Union High School

Vergennes Union High School in Vermont is changing the way students earn a diploma. Beginning with the graduating class of 2016, students will demonstrate that they have mastered skills required for graduation through a capstone project, and completing a number of performance based requirements and expeditions.