The MTC hopes to serve as a resource for schools interested in mastery based assessment in part by curating and circulating the ideas of educational leaders and critics. Here is a sample of the research. If you would like to suggest other texts, please email Terry Dubow at dubow@mastery.org.

A Broken Tool:

The Limitations of High School Transcripts
Letter Grades Deserve an ‘F’

Explores the ineffective and problematic nature of letter grades and the damage points based grading does on young people.
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Why Elite-College Admissions Need an Overhaul

Offers a balanced look at the broken process of selective college admissions and its struggle to identify potentially wonderful students.
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Colleges Want Students with Character, But Can’t Measure It

Describes the dearth of assessments out there that measure overall character.
Read more at nautil.us

Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions Stu Schmill (MIT) endorses report on consideration of character in college admissions

Recommends an increased consideration of prospective students’ concern for others in college admissions.
Read more at harvard.edu

Beyond Average

When it comes to people, including students, we have to stop believing that there is such a thing as average.
Read more at gse.harvard.edu

SCHOOL SHOULDN’T HURT:

The Cost of the College Admissions Race
The Absurdity of College Admissions (Part 1)

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Where College Admissions Went Wrong (Part 2)

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The Commodification of Higher Education (Part 3)

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Best, Brightest — and Saddest?

Focuses on the dangers of college admission process on young adult mental health.
Read more from nytimes.com

Today’s Exhausted Superkids

Examines whether sleep deprivation as a result of high school stress is worse than you think.
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APPRENTICESHIP WORKS

The Woodstock Of K-12 Education

Explains how Hawken School’s Entrepreneurship program helps students learn by getting them out of the lecture hall and into real world problems.
Read more from forbes.com

Crafting San Antonio’s First High-Tech High School

Describes a new high school that’s built around the idea that if you challenge students and give them resources, they will often, “blow your expectations out of the water.”
Read more from therivardreport.com

Gov. Hickenlooper Announces $9.5 Million to Launch Statewide Youth Apprenticeship and Career Readiness Programs

Details why JP Morgan Chase committed $4 million to a new apprenticeship program aimed at students wishing to learn more about advanced manufacturing, business operations, financial services, and information technology.
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THIS IS DOABLE AND NEEDS DOING

The Winnetka Plan 1919

Explores an effort at evaluating character and the whole child that grew out of John Dewey’s work in the University of Chicago Laboratory School.
Read more from winnetkahistory.org

The Pursuit of Deeper Learning

Describes how a California school uses project learning and portfolio based assessment with fantastic outcomes.
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5 Myths about Mastery-Based Learning

Challenges the most common myths point-by-point.
Read more from knewton.com

MASTERY-BASED EDUCATION

What IS the difference between competencies and standards?

reDesign summarizes the key distinctions between competencies and standards, and the movements behind them.
Read more from redesignu.org

Much Ado About Mastery-Based Transcripts: What Schools Need to Know and What They Can Do

Great Schools Partnership gives tips and information on what a school community needs to know about navigating the transition to mastery-based transcripts.
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Ungrading

Formal education has led to a lack of learning in a number of ways, argues Susan D. Blum, and the one change that can make a big difference is getting rid of grades.
Read more from insidehighered.com