Mastery Grading Conference

2021 Conference to be Announced soon!

Updates as of June 26, 2020

Thank you!

Thank you to all our presenters, participants, and sponsors! What a fantastic couple of days we had!

We're hard at work figuring out where we go from here. We're DEFINITELY having another conference in 2021, so stay tuned! Also, please make sure you have joined our Slack channel to keep this working going.

Finally, we'd love to hear of upcoming presentations about Mastery Grading! If you will be presenting, please drop us a line at so that we can build a calendar of ongoing activities!

Updates as of June 1, 2020

Conference Schedule:

The conference schedule has been posted here. All times given are Eastern Time. Please note, that we will be using Zoom as the main conference tool. You will need a Zoom account, as we will be registering all participants through Zoom for security and reporting purposes.


We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to College Bridge ( for sponsoring our conference. Their support of our backend logistics is allowing us to greatly expand the reach of this conference.


Our regular registration is now closed. Look for information on next year's conference - information coming soon!

Poster Presentations:

Poster submissions are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted, we will be notifying those who are accepted in the next few days.


What is mastery grading?

Mastery grading is an approach to student assessment in which student work is graded directly on whether it demonstrates mastery of a clear list of objectives. Rather than using points or partial credit, final grades are based on the degree of mastery each student has demonstrated of the objectives by the end of the course. Students typically have (or can earn) multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery of each objective. Mastery grading puts emphasis on learning, provides clarity for students, and encourages perseverance and growth mindset.

What is the goal of this conference?

The mastery grading conference will bring together new and experienced mastery grading practitioners to create a community of practice. We will create a space for participants to make connections with each other, to build a strong and supportive mastery grading community that extends beyond the workshop. Participants will learn the “nuts and bolts” of mastery grading, exchange ideas with others, and begin planning their own mastery-graded classes.

New practitioners will learn the basics of mastery grading, begin planning their own mastery-graded classes in a supportive atmosphere, and make contacts that will support their continued work.

Experienced practitioners will discover new approaches to mastery grading, make new connections, and share their ideas and experience with the community.

Please note - the organizers of this conference are all university Math faculty. Therefore, this conference will focus heavily on University level mathematics. However, all levels of Math faculty and other STEM fields are welcome and will find useful information.