Time is a Resource
- The outcomes that are designed to develop students into well-educated and well-adjusted individuals are thoroughly mastered.
- In QVS courses, time becomes the focused variable and changes with the intention of increasing all student performance.
- Time is not an indicator OF success but a tool FOR success. As a result of varying the time indicator for success, more students are able to demonstrate proficiency and achievement at higher levels throughout the year.
Instruction at the Appropriate Level
- We believe that success builds upon success.
- When students master all the learning objectives in one unit, they move onto the next unit.
- Learning at a level that is too easy may lead to boredom, and learning at a level that is too difficult often leads to frustrations.
- Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies to ENGAGE all students as they explore the content within each unit.
Assessment FOR Learning
- Mastery learning adheres to the principle that students must demonstrate proficiency or mastery in knowledge, content, and skills.
- If a student is not able to demonstrate mastery, he or she is provided with additional and differentiated support to first relearn the material and is then reassessed on it.
- This cycle continues, similar to one-on-one tutoring until the learner has achieved true mastery.
- In this way, QSI uses assessment FOR learning, rather than just assessment OF learning.
We expect every student to be successful and we create the conditions for this success:
Students are placed in classes where they will be appropriately challenged.
Instruction based on students’ needs.
- Small class sizes.
- Teaching until mastery is demonstrated (low or inconsistent performance isn’t good enough to move on to the next unit or course).
- Giving students enough time to master new material so that more students demonstrate proficiency and achievement at higher levels throughout the year.
- Requiring more from students; they are challenged to achieve a deep level of understanding rather than passing a course with only a 70% understanding.