New Feature 4 of 10: Automatic Mastery Checks

This blog is the 4th of the 10-part blog series introducing you to the 10 new features available for your use this school year.

Automatic Mastery Checks ensure students retain previously practiced concepts. Concepts from the learning path are revisited with strategically spaced quick assessment, called the Mastery Check, which help create more robust pathways for recalling information over a longer term. Concepts successfully passed during the Mastery Check are marked “Mastered” in the learning path.

Below we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the Automatic Mastery Check feature:

1. How can I see concepts ready for a Mastery Check?

The adaptive practice dashboard is where you can see concepts from the learning path in various stages of mastery. Concepts that are Mastery Check ready are shown in turquoise color. This is your first indication that students have either finished the practice for these concepts or they have passed these concepts on the diagnostic test and they are waiting for a Mastery Check.

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2. What will students see in a Mastery Check practice?

A Mastery Check practice session will look very similar to an adaptive or targeted practice session. However, there are some distinct differences for you to note.

  • The # of questions will vary from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 12. This is due to the fact that each session is “checking” 1-4 concepts sequentially and giving the students 3 questions per concept.
  • The “learn” button will be disabled. This is typically available in the upper left hand corner of a practice session to assist students within their practice. A Mastery Check session is essentially a pop quiz so a lesson is not available.
  • Once completed, these practice sessions can be found in the activity tracker under “Mastery Checks.”


3. Can I schedule a Mastery Check session?

Mastery Checks are automatic and strategically spaced. These cannot be altered and will be delivered to the students as they launch their adaptive practices. Research shows that this strategic “spacing” and “spiraling” of curriculum leads to more robust encoding of information and better long-term learning (Schmidt & Bjork, 1992).


4. What happens if students do not solve all problems during the mastery check session?

Each Mastery Check session gives students the opportunity to show the knowledge retained from previously practiced concepts. As concepts are passed in the session, their status changes to “Mastered”. If the student misses the concept, it is tagged as “Practice In-Progress” and will be queued / spiraled for more practice.


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Learn more about “Automatic Mastery Checks” by registering for a FREE Solutions webinar!  There is always more to learn so don’t hesitate to explore or reach out to our support team by clicking the orange Help button.

The ScootPad Team

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