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College: Glendale Community College
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Tests are meant to measure progress towards gaining practical skills or understanding ideas. Their purpose is to show teachers and students what went right and what went wrong. Unfortunately, too many times we fail to act upon what tests find out.
If students do not achieve mastery on the test, they go back to study and then get tested again. This cycle continues until the student gets it right. Only then may they move on to learn the next thing.
Under Mastery Learning students must achieve a level of excellence (which could be. 90% on a math test) before moving forward.