“This is incredibly exciting news … This new development is a game changer. You have provided extraordinarily important leadership for an effort that could well prove to be a tipping point in the transformation of education!”
– Tony Wagner
Expert in Residence, Harvard University Innovation Lab
Senior Research Fellow, Learning Policy Institute
Making the Case
A Broken Tool
The high school transcript aims to assess student progress and performance, but it is a broken instrument that no longer serves students, teachers or the world outside our school walls.
School Shouldn’t Hurt
We hear it all the time, particularly from students themselves. School hurts. Too many students leave high school uninspired, under-prepared, and anxious about the world that awaits them. Why? Our schools are tasked primarily with sorting and ranking them, rather than engaging and enlightening them. The current transcript reduces a complex human being to simple numbers and letters. We can do better.
High school students will inherit a world that demands their creativity, collaboration, resilience and that requires them to apply what they know to situations that cannot predict. The best way to prepare for this new world is the oldest teaching method: apprenticeship.
This is Doable – and Needs Doing
Big changes can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry. Joining the MTC will not drain your time or distract from your focus of educating your students. The MTC will bring the collective wisdom and influence of its member network to reimagine the relationship between a student’s work and a teacher’s assessment, but all of the member schools can approach this work at their own pace and in ways that work with their school culture. Your school will have the MTC and other member schools as your teammates on this journey.