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Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Assessments and Grading for Teachers in K-12 Competency-Based Systems

Host: Brooklyn International High School|New York City Department of Education|The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria

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Schools and districts are making the transition to competency-based education to create a more equitable system that gives all students the skills they need for postsecondary life. Competency-based systems of assessment provide rich, ongoing opportunities for students to develop a growth mindset.

This webinar provides answers to questions such as: How do teachers design and grade assessments in competency-based systems? How do schools provide students a consistent experience of grades both inside and across classrooms? How do they ensure that students develop genuine mastery of competencies prior to moving on to the next level of learning?

View this archived webinar to hear from educators in New York City’s Mastery Collaborative for ways to design assessments and enhance grading practices for competency-based learning. Learn how these schools design the grading and assessment experience to teach rigorous competencies while simultaneously developing a positive learning identity in their students. Explore examples of assessments, techniques for equitable grading practice, and best practices for communicating grading systems to students and families. Participants will come away with a deeper awareness of how grading and assessment can enrich and motivate deeper learning.


  • Julianna Charles Brown, Mastery Collaborative, New York City Department of Education
  • Megan Minturn, Dance Teacher, Brooklyn International High School
  • Christy Kingham, ELA Teacher, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria