Among all of the other recommendations presented by Gov. Butch Otter’s Task Force on Improving Education is a concept called “mastery.”
Students no longer would be allowed, for instance, to move to Algebra II until they demonstrated proficiency in Algebra I.
During an appearance before the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board Monday, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Luna explained why he is in favor of the concept.
Though no price tag has been attached to incorporating mastery like some of the other recommendations, it gets to the heart of what the Task Force was commissioned to do: identify initiatives that prepare Idaho students for the next step in their academic pursuits or in the workplace.
During a wide-ranging interview with Luna that touched on the task force and many other education topics, Luna discussed the mastery concept.