MBacc teachers have access to rich, personalized performance data, so they are able to provide students with frequent feedback for improved learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes for courses in program years 1, 2, and 3 include discipline-specific ideas as well as concepts and skills that are intrinsically interdisciplinary. We refer to interdisciplinary outcomes as "Cross-Course Learning Outcomes," or XLOs, which cover a wide range of transdisciplinary concepts and skills. To facilitate communication around these learning outcomes, each is assigned a name, which we reference with a hashtag, and a short description. For example:

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Cross-Course Learning Outcomes or XLOs (shown in grey below) are first introduced in one course, then reappear in many others. The areas of overlap represent intersections amoung courses where the interdisciplinary XLOs apply.

Learning Outcomes are the starting point, the process, and the finish line. They are what drives each session, and what we want to achieve by the end of the year.
Patricia Mejia
American School of Santo Domingo
Improved Graduate Outcomes

The MBacc provides exceptional graduate outcomes that ensure college readiness and preparation. Students graduate from MBacc programs with an advantage in university admissions. Beyond admissions, the MBacc gives students a foundation for success in post-secondary education that they would not otherwise gain with standards-based curriculum and traditional standardized admissions tests alone.

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Frequent, systematic assessment synthesizes learning across disciplines

Infrequent, high-stakes exams have been repeatedly shown to be poor indicators of actual learning. Students benefit from regular, low-stakes informal feedback and formal assessments grounded in clear learning outcomes.

The advanced learning environment and proven instructional practices integrate coursework with ongoing measurement across a specific set of learning outcomes.

By tracking student participation, performance, and progress on a detailed level, and over time, the MBacc offers greater insight into each student’s intellectual development.

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Outcome-Driven Assessment
Measuring Real-Time Progress

All MBacc courses employ a systematic approach to assessment. The core of this approach is the articulation of clear learning outcomes for each course, and the use of clear scoring rubrics that both the students and instructors can see. Rather than a single, static grade, Minerva’s assessments reflect each student’s growing proficiency. Instructor’s formative feedback together with grades, gives students guidance they can use to improve and grow.

I have been able to grow as a student, as a global citizen, and as a person. Everything that I learned throughout the year with my class, I have been applying to my life. From understanding others’ points of view, even though they may be different, to expressing myself better, understanding how the world works, and being able to critically analyze word problems.
Pioneer Minerva Baccalaureate student

Curriculum Design
The MBacc curriculum was designed to span disciplines and contexts, equipping students with enduring, transferable skills and knowledge.

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Class Experience
MBacc classes are taught using Fully Active Learning, which means that every student participates deeply in engaging class activities.

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The Minerva Baccalaureate improves class engagement and learning outcomes, preparing students to be more effective leaders, innovators, and global citizens.

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