Khan Academy’s mission is to offer a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. In order to move toward this mission, the Khan Academy team has been working on a new system to track a students learning progress in all courses, all devices, and over time in many languages. We call this the Mastery System and it has been in development and testing for nearly a year. For more information about how learners, including your students, will experience Course and Unit Mastery, check out this article.
Note: At this moment teachers are not able to edit course mastery goals, only delete them. We are working to make editing available as soon as possible. Also, while the Course Challenge can help learners achieve Course Mastery, the Course Challenge can't be assigned.
To set course mastery goals:
- Select the course you want to teach.
- Click on Set goals under the Course Mastery menu in the side bar. Assign course-level mastery to one, some, or all students. We know that students in your class may not all be on the same level, and may require remediation or extension, so we encourage you to assign the course that is most appropriate given students' incoming levels.
You will be able to assign course mastery as a goal via the Course Mastery page tab for any course that has the course master option. As of Fall 2018, you can assign only 100% course mastery.
As with assignments, mastery goals will have due dates. You'll want to adjust this to align with your school year, or class or individual expectations. In addition, you can assign course mastery for courses you're not teaching (helpful in cases of remediation or extension). To do this, add that course in your Classes tab (select the course in the class settings or by editing the courses in the content tab--see the screenshot below), and make a 100% course mastery goal for that course.
- Students will now see their new mastery goal on their homepage and assignments tab.
- Students will go through Khan Academy and collect Mastery Points when they master skills and units. They will also be prompted to work on the next relevant material after completing each task.
- The total mastery points in the unit
- The mastery progress bar showing the student’s progress toward 100% unit mastery
- The summary of skills in the unit, including bars to indicate achievement levels for each skill.
- A bar showing how many points a student has collected for a specific skill
For more information about Unit Mastery, check out this article.
Track your students' mastery progress at the course level to see how the class is trending as a whole.
You can see each student's mastery percentage (the total mastery points accumulated to date over the total possible mastery points to accumulate in that course). You can also look at the bar chart to visualize how your class is trending towards its goals.
We include a median percentage mastered figure as a quick way for you to track class progress. Hovering over the bars shows which students fall into each specific category. You can also elect to hide students - which collapses individual students names and allows for you to project course mastery while maintaining privacy.
When digging into a specific unit, you see the classes ‘unit mastery’ towards that specific unit (a percentage based on total mastery points accumulated in that unit/total available mastery points in that unit). Similar to course mastery, a bar chart visualizes class progress, and can hide student names to project. If you want to dig into individual skills to identify what to focus on in class, you can see all underlying skills and student progress on that skill. Under the unit bar charts, you can see a breakdown of student performance on specific skills within the unit.
You can encourage your students' mastery of a specific unit at any time! Assign a unit to a class, group, or individual directly from the progress page to make data-driven decisions about assignments. Khan Academy supports student agency by generating suggestions for what to work on next for motivation and clarity of movement through the course.
For more information about the Mastery System, check out this article.
Also, please note that we will be continuing to improve these new features over the coming days and weeks, and this article will be updated regularly to reflect any changes!