A New Model

Mastery Transcript Consortium™ (MTC)  is currently working with member schools and other stakeholders to codesign a new, digital transcript that reflects the unique skills, strengths, and interests of each learner. We believe this new transcript will open up opportunities for all students—and help transcript readers understand each one better.

This prototype of the transcript landing page allows students to highlight select projects and work samples.

Core Principles.

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


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.


Schools define their own Mastery Credits

The MTC will not require schools to use a common set of Mastery Credits.


Students will be credited for mastery of content and skills

Letter grading (or numerical equivalent) will not be used. A completed course list can be included.

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.

Current Transcript Mastery Transcript
Flat, two-dimensional, one page Digital, interactive
Credit for time Credit for Mastery
Single-subject Cross-disciplinary credits possible
Grades (little or no definition) School-defined credits with consistent metrics/rubrics
Typically limited to academic subjects Credits can be broader; most schools
include SEL/4-dimensions

Mastery Credits

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.