2018–2019 Tempo Learning® Addendum 
    Nov 29, 2020  
2018–2019 Tempo Learning® Addendum [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rubrics and Scoring

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For the purpose of this section, legacy programs are identified as the following:

  • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) – General
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Project Management specialization
    • Healthcare Management specialization
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood Studies
    • Administration, Management, and Leadership specialization
    • Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings specialization
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration, Management, and Leadership


Work Products, Performance Tasks, and Short Answer/Written Response Assessments are each accompanied by a set of Rubrics. Rubrics have two key purposes:

  1. To provide guidelines to help focus the students’ work on the most important areas of the Competency.
  2. To provide a scoring guide for faculty members who can use the criteria on each row to provide feedback on specific aspects of the work that do or do not meet the criteria for passing the assessment.

Rubrics for legacy programs include criteria at four levels:

3—Exceeds Expectations

2—Meets Expectations

1—Needs Improvement

0—Not Present

Rubrics for all other programs include criteria at three levels:

2—Meets Expectations

1—Needs Improvement

0—Not Present

Additionally, there is a mastery rubric row in place that will determine if a student has mastered the Competency Assessment.

Students must meet or exceed expectations on all Learning Objectives in a given Assessment to Achieve the Competency. Any Learning Objectives that are not met may be repeated up to two times, for a total of three attempts.

Scoring Criteria and Total Components of a Grade

To earn their degree, students must pass all Competencies. There are two levels of successful completion: Achieved and Mastered.

Passing scores are dependent on successfully completing all parts of an Assessment. Students will have the opportunity to resubmit all or part of an Assessment two times, for a total of three attempts. After three attempts, students who have not achieved Competency should explore transferring to the course-based modality. Students may speak with their Academic Coach to petition for a fourth attempt at the Competency Assessment. Students who are still unable to complete a given Competency Assessment successfully after the fourth attempt will dismissed from the Tempo Learning® modality, at which time they would have the option to transfer into the course-based version of their chosen program.

Tempo Learning® Grading System

Many Competency-Based programs award a 3.0 (Achieved-level) as the maximum available grade on a 4.0 scale. Tempo Learning® allows for students to master competencies as well, allowing a full range between 3.0 and 4.0 based on the credit equivalent weights of each Competency. A student can earn a successful grade of “Achieved” or “Mastered” for completion of a Competency. To earn “Mastered,” 75% of the Learning Objectives in a given Assessment must be scored at the Exceeds Expectations” level on the rubric.

Grade Type Grade Points
Mastered Equivalent to an “A” or 4.0
Achieved Equivalent to a “B” or 3.0
Not Achieved Equivalent to a “F” or 0.0
Transfer “TR” Not calculated into GPA
Fulfilled “TR” Calculated into GPA

For Assessments Scored Using a Rubric (Written Response/Short Answer, Performance Task, and Work Product Assessments)

Legacy Programs

To earn “Achieved,” a rubric must be scored with all rubric rows at the Meets Expectations level or higher. To earn “Mastered,” 75% of the rubric rows in a given Assessment rubric must be scored at the Exceeds Expectations level on the Rubric.

All Other Programs

To earn “Achieved,” a rubric must be scored with all summative rubric rows scored at the Meets Expectations level and a “No” on the Mastery Rubric Row. To earn “Mastered,” a rubric must be scored with all summative rubric rows scored at the Meets Expectations and a “Yes” on the mastery rubric row.

A grade of “Not Achieved” is assigned in cases where a student has exhausted all attempts without achieving or mastering the assessment. Students receiving transfer credit for a course will receive a grade of “TR,” which does not calculate into the student’s GPA. If a student satisfies a course via previous Walden coursework, it is considered “Fulfilled” and is calculated into the GPA.

Grade Point Average

Credit is only given for a course if all of the competencies included in that course are satisfied with a grade of “Achieved” or “Mastered.” Each Competency holds a weight in terms of how significant that Competency content is relative to the completion of the overall course. The final grade given for a course is the result of the grades earned for each Competency and the weight associated to each Competency. All courses completed during a student’s program are included in the program GPA.

Assessment Feedback

Faculty SMEs will return submitted Assessments with their feedback within 72 hours. Students who do not achieve Competency should leverage their faculty feedback prior to resubmission.

Keeping Assessment Work

Student access to the platform will be limited after their program is finished. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students retain copies of all completed Assessments and related documents and files they wish to keep. The university is not responsible for lost or missing work.