Students once dropped through the cracks using a bell-shaped curve mentality are now omnipresent. For teachers to smugly give those students Ds and Fs no longer works.
Our professors had each one of us present and defend our course mastery statement. In several ways. Student readiness. Alignment with both the general and subject area mastery statements. Logical spiraling considerations with other grade levels. Scope in the context of time allotments and instructional configurations.