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How do I create Course or Unit Mastery Goals for my students?


What is a Course Mastery Goal?

A Course Mastery goal is a student learning target aimed at achieving proficiency in an entire Khan Academy course across a school year. This long-term goal encourages consistent progress and deep understanding of the content.

What is a Unit Mastery Goal?

Unit Mastery goals are short-term goals aimed at achieving Mastery of a single unit. These goals are designed to align with current instruction and to promote understanding of the unit's content. Unit Mastery goals can be standalone short-term goals for students, and also can work in tandem with with Course Mastery goals to create a year-long learning path for students. 

This article will cover: 

- The 2 options on how to make Course + Unit Mastery Goals for students:

       1. Making them from the "Assign tab" on your Teacher Dashboard

       2. Assigning them while viewing the content item itself 

- How Course + Unit Mastery Goals will show up for your students

Here are the 8 steps to create a Mastery Goal from your Teacher Dashboard:

Step 1: Log into your Khan Academy account. Click your name in the top right-hand corner, then select the “Teacher Dashboard” from the dropdown list. 

Step 2Select which class you would like to make a Mastery Goal for. 

Step 3: On the left-hand menu bar, click the “Assign” option, which is located below the “Mastery Goals” section.

Step 4: Select the course for which you want to create a Mastery goal. 

Please note: If you don’t see the course for which you wish to assign a goal, click the “Edit courses” button at the bottom of the first column to add the course to your class. 

Also please note: If your desired course is not listed here, skip to this section: Assigning them while viewing the content item itself 

Step 5:  From the “Select content” section, click which type of Mastery Goal you would like to assign: Course Mastery or Unit Mastery

If you select the Unit mastery option, you can choose one or multiple units to assign Unit Mastery goals for at once. 

 Step 6: Select a due date for your Mastery goal(s). 

  • Please note: For a Course Mastery Goal, we recommend setting the due date about 9 months from the date that the goal is created, but please adjust it to what best fits your students’ needs. 
  • If you are creating multiple Unit Mastery Goals, you can choose separate due dates for each of them, based on the speed your students are working. 
  • You can always go back and edit the due dates for the Mastery Goals as well by clicking the "Progress" option on the lefthand sidebar. This article has more information about how to edit Mastery Goals. 

Step 7: Optional next step: Editing which students are receiving the goal. You can edit the students that are receiving the goal by selecting the blue “edit” button in the bottom right corner of the screen. 

    • Please note: If you have students join your class after you have created the Mastery Goal, they will not automatically be assigned it. If this is the case, we recommend editing existing Mastery Goals to include new students. This article has more information about how to add new students to existing Mastery Goals. 

Step 8: Click “Create course goal” or "Create unit goal(s)" button at the bottom of the screen. 

3 steps to creating Mastery Goals directly from the content page:

To create a Course or Unit Mastery goal from a specific content page please follow the below steps: 

Step 1: browse our library until you find a mastery-enabled course that you want your students work on. This article has a quick list as well: Which courses have mastery enabled?

Step 2: Once you are viewing the Course page or a Unit page, click the Assign button near the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Step 3: Adjust the settings on the pop-up modal by selecting the class or classes, due date, and specific students you want to assign the goal to. 

Below is a video showing each of these steps:

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Below is an image of how the Mastery Goals will appear to your students once assigned: 

If you would like more information about Khan Academy's Mastery system, please check out the below resources: 

For additional help and support, please reach out to our support team here! We are happy to help.