A New Model

Core Principles.

While the transcript is still forming, the MTC has agreed on three core principles that the new transcript will reflect:

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No Standardization of Content

The performance areas, credit standards (rubrics, etc.) and credits are specific only to the individual crediting school, and will never be standardized across schools.

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No Grades

Letter grading (or numerical equivalent) will not be used.

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Consistent Transcript Format

Transcript has to be readable by college admission officers (once trained) in less than two minutes. Therefore, the transcript format has to be reasonably consistent across MTC schools.

Imagine a Transcript

The MTC model is substantively different from the traditional model of assessment that is typically organized around content oriented courses, Carnegie units for credit and A to F letter grades.

The design below captures our best thinking for now. The transcript’s design has not been finalized. That’s part of what the MTC will do.

Each Mastery Credit applied to a transcript signifies complete mastery of a specific skill, knowledge block or habit of mind as defined by the crediting high school.

The MTC schools will be supported by a technology platform that allows the complete record of a student’s credits, institutional standards and performance evidence to be submitted to college admission offices for evaluation.

This electronic Mastery Transcript will allow college admission officers to dive deep within a transcript to see the specific standards of the sending high school and actual evidence of student work and mastery, thus giving depth and transparency to the student’s work record.