How Do We Measure Mastery?
Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges in lieu of traditional grades, assembling portfolios, and taking part in public exhibition. In traditional education, a student is graded on how well he or she is able to recall or apply material they've been taught. At Acton, he or she will continue to dig deep on a subject until they have achieved a working mastery using the new knowledge. Learn to do! They will not advance until they've reached an 'A' level of understanding as demonstrated by their work. It is their work, the demonstration of their understanding, that demonstrates they are ready to move ahead.
Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling and character development in "Learn to Be" Badges
Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.
Public exhibitions at the end of most Quests allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.
What if my child falls behind?
Heroes are not alone on their Quest. They have the support or their Guide and their peers (Running Partners) and, of course, their family. The tools we use provide cutting edge analytics and transparency into what each Hero is working on. Our contracts establish weekly expectations. Failing to meet commitments is an indication that a Hero needs some kind of support. It may be motivation, it may be a need for external support. Regardless, no Hero is left to flounder for semesters at a time. You will know, week by week, how your young Hero is progressing and how that compares to both their peers in our community as well as a national (and international) standard.