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This webinar looks at two very different models structured around the concept of progress upon mastery. The Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy (MPTPA) in Hartford, CT is part of the National Center for Education and the Economy’s Excellence for All network. In this initiative, students must demonstrate qualifying scores on examinations that are aligned with research-based college readiness standards. Once students have achieved qualifying exam scores, they can move on to a range of possible pathways. Here, we hear insights from MPTPA about what needs to be in place to support students within this structure. Then we hear from Schools for the Future (SFF) about their self-paced model designed for 8th graders that have been retained and with significant skill gaps, accelerating their learning so that they are fully college and career ready. SFF has four performance levels to graduation, modularized curriculum, and blended learning instructional delivery model.

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