FAQ

  1. What is the MTC?

The Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) is a growing network of public and private schools organized around the development of an alternative model of crediting and transcript design. Together MTC schools are creating a digital, high school transcript that is mastery-based and that reflects the unique skills, strengths, and interests of each learner. Over the next decade, the MTC aims to reinvent how students prepare for college, career, and life.

  1. Who can join?

Membership is open to any not-for-profit, accredited public or private school curious about improving their students’ learning outcomes while maintaining and enhancing their profile for college admissions or professional life.

  1. What is the cost of membership?

Membership dues are scaled to the size and financial realities of each member school. Price will not be a deterrent to membership, but the work ahead will require a continued financial commitment from each member school. Contact us for more details.

  1. What do we get with our membership in the MTC?

Member schools will have full access to all research, technology platforms, professional development, and communications work produced by the MTC. Ongoing organizational and individualized program support for each school is an essential piece of the MTC mission. Most significantly, you will be a partner in the creation and development of a new, mastery-based model of crediting and transcript generation that can transform student learning for the better, while maintaining our relationships with college admissions offices and other organizations. See our member benefits for more information.

  1. Is the new Mastery Transcript built?

Not yet. We have several early stage models under consideration, but membership would allow you to be part of the collaborative transcript development conversation in Phase I of the MTC’s design work. For an overview of the MTC design process, please click here.

The MTC Design Process

  1. Do we have to get rid of letter grades to join the MTC?

No. In the near-term developmental phase, each school will maintain its current transcript model. As the new model is developed, schools will have the choice to fully adopt the mastery transcript as their reporting form for colleges and employers or to use it as an alternative to their traditional transcript model. The only requirement is that, once developed, the Mastery Transcript will not use letter or numerical grades in any form. Our hope is the student-centered advantages of the Mastery Transcript will ultimately lead to full adoption of the new model by all schools. We imagine many schools will offer the Mastery Transcript as an option for some students while others may choose a more traditional transcript process. It is possible for a school to offer both a Mastery Transcript to some students and a traditional transcript to others.

  1. How do you plan to work with colleagues in admissions and other professional organizations?

MTC is developing a higher-ed working group, comprised of admissions colleagues, educators, and leaders from a mix of colleges and universities throughout the country. The working group is tasked with interacting with and providing feedback on key features in the Mastery Transcript prototype, taking part in planning toward a rollout strategy, and helping to advocate broadly for the need for change within the high-school transcript and college admissions processes. MTC is also looking ahead to future collaborations with professional organizations and employers who have also expressed interest in the Mastery Transcript.

  1. Will colleges adopt and accept this new transcript model?

We believe most of them will. College admissions officers simply want an efficient, clear, and consistent way to read, differentiate, and “know” each applicant in about two minutes. A mastery-based transcript actually enhances a student’s personal profile while differentiating their individual strengths when compared to a traditional transcript. While the standards and credits on a Mastery Transcript will be unique to each school, the format of the transcript will be consistent to make it as easy as possible for college admission officers to read. We believe this will only help students in college admissions while also creating a better learning environment in high school.

  1. Why use a consortium approach instead of just developing a new mastery transcript at each individual school?

A consortium of high schools gives us agency to partner with college presidents, admission deans, and professional organizations to alter the way we prepare, credit, and transcript our students. However, it will be important that the Mastery Transcript format be somewhat consistent to make it as easy-to-read as possible. Our ultimate goal would be to reinvent how students prepare for college, career, and life by having all schools, public and private, adopt the mastery model.

  1. If we join the MTC and move toward a mastery transcript model, can we remain “independent” in our school’s curriculum?

Yes. As we develop a transcript “readable” for college admissions officers and others, there will need to be a reasonable degree of consistency across MTC schools. However, performance areas and credits will be specific to each school. What your school chooses to emphasize and celebrate in its educational approach will remain fully independent and individualized. The general presentation format–just as with the traditional transcript–will be consistent.

  1. Is this approach better for students?

Yes. Schools frequently talk about 21st-century skills for students and best practices in education, but our current system of transcript production limits our ability to best serve and represent the students in our care. A Mastery Transcript allows the flexibility and freedom to facilitate a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum that will best prepare our students for a complex and interconnected world.

  1. Will our faculty support the MTC?

Yes. Relational teaching is the cornerstone of great education, but the understandably aggressive pursuit of letter grades by students today undermines the learning process and can wear on even the best faculty members. Allowing teachers the power to avoid long, frustrating conversations about letter grades and to instead focus on moving each and every student toward mastery is inspiring.  Teachers follow their hearts into the classroom to encourage growth and a passion for learning in their students, and the mastery transcript will support them in this work.

  1. Will this require additional hiring or staffing?

No. As the Mastery Transcript is developed over the next few years, the MTC will work with partner schools to support and train faculty and staff with the skills they will need. No new oversight or position staffing will be necessary.

  1. Where do I go if I have other questions?

Please continue to visit and explore all parts of our website for status updates, educational blogs, conference schedules, and layers of information about the process, timeline, and goals of the MTC. We are proud of the work we are doing and the effort to revolutionize the student learning experience in the years ahead. We invite you to continue to learn more. We also welcome a conversation with your school, and can easily arrange a phone conference or visit to share our goals and vision in more depth. Check out our contact information here. Also subscribe to our MTC Connect newsletter!