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Increasing Capacity for Mastery-Based Learning in Washington State


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Washington is identifying barriers to mastery-based learning (MBL) and proposing recommendations to increase capacity for an MBL pathway to a diploma. School closures resulting from COVID-19 present an opportunity to rethink how we deliver education and move toward MBL. Participants will hear from cross-sector members of a workgroup including a student and representatives from the Legislature and State Board of Education and engage with panelists about applicable lessons learned for other states.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify policies and practices that both support and inhibit the opportunities for mastery-based learning at a state level.
  • Describe and communicate how systems and policies enacted and being considered in Washington state compared with their own local setting.
  • Access resources available in Washington.



  • Alissa Muller, Policy Manager for Career and College Readiness, Washington State Board of Education
  • Dr. Paul Pitre, Chancellor, Washington State University, Everett
  • Ashley Lin, High School Student, Union High School
  • State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Chair of House Education Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
  • State Senator Lisa Wellman, Chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, Washington State Senate
  • Dr. Kory Kalahar, Principal of WestSide High School, Wenatchee Public Schools