Starr Sackstein on her New Book Hacking Assessment Second Edition

Starr Sackstein on her New BookHacking Assessment Second Edition   Listen to Mastery Portfolio’s COO, Starr Sackstein, on the Equity & Access Pre-K 12 Podcast as she discusses her new book Hacking Assessment Volume 2, coming this July!     In this episode, Larry Jacobs and Starr not only discuss her new book but dive […]

Deepen Reflection, Deepen Learning

Teachers can learn a lot from asking students to reflect and self-assess against the standards and we do the students and ourselves a disservice by not making it an expectation. Perhaps writing a reflection like this isn’t appropriate for every class, maybe a video or voice recording would be better.

A better way to report learning

What is the function of a student report card? What does it seek to communicate? How effectively do most student report cards share information about individual student achievement? What if we rebranded our communication loop? What would that look like?

Giving Effective Feedback

In this episode, Isaac and Starr Sackstein discuss giving effective feedback and ways teachers can manage giving feedback and holding students accountable in order to be efficient in maintaining the strategies you share with kids. Effective feedback is how we increase learning for all kids. The better we do it, the better they learn. How […]

Office Hours: 30 minutes with Constance Borro

“Having specific, real-time data doesn’t seem possible in the status quo, but it is possible, and that data is transformative. “ Constance Borro, CEO of Mastery Portfolio Constance Borro, CEO of Mastery Portfolio, sat down with R.E.A.L Discussion to talk about Mastery Portoflio’s beginning, its strengths, and our ultimate goal of revolutionizing grading and assessment practices […]

Video: 6 Tips For Going Gradeless

Change the conversation about grading to one about learning. When a student asks, “what did I get?” redirect him/her to “what did you learn?” The language we use around learning matters, so we must be intentional when students want to talk about progress. Try to avoid speaking in terms of numbers and letters and focus […]

Could You Teach Without Grades?

Starr Sackstein, COO of Mastery Portfolio, and Jennifer Gonzalez from Cult of Pedagogy talk about redesigning grading and assessment in the classroom. Are you receiving pushback from educators or families regarding your use of standards-based grading? Are you focused on improving student self-assessment in your classroom? Starr Sackstein shared her experiences during her conversations on […]

Mastery Portfolio Takes the Guesswork Out of Standards-based Grading

At Mastery Portfolio, we partner with schools that are ready for an assessment paradigm shift. Our focus is grading and assessment practices that motivate students to be active participants in their journey toward learning growth and mastery. Below is an exerpt from Rev 1’s article, Mastery Portfolio Takes the Guesswork Out of Standards-Based Grading written […]