FAQ

What is MTC?

The Mastery Transcript Consortium™ (MTC) is a growing network of public and private schools who are introducing a digital high school transcript that opens up opportunity for each and every student–from all backgrounds, locations, and types of schools–to have their unique strengths, abilities, interests, and histories fostered, understood, and celebrated. 

Why the transcript?

The traditional transcript reinforces outdated modes of education, constraints innovation, limits learning to single subjects, and impedes the pursuit of educational equity and excellence. It sorts and shifts students through narrow measures such as grades and GPA, reducing each complex and unique individual to a simple number. The MTC Mastery Transcript™ is a dramatic alternative to the status quo. It supports each student in learning for today’s world, in exploring and pursuing varied pathways to futures that compel them, and in being recognized for acquiring and mastering skills both inside and outside of school.

Who can join?

Membership is open to any nonprofit, accredited public or private school curious about improving their students’ learning outcomes while maintaining and enhancing their profile for college admissions or professional life.

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.

What do we get with our membership in the MTC?

Member schools have full access to the Mastery Transcript platform and to resources in support of their journey to mastery learning and the new transcript; professional development opportunities (such as site director symposia, online courses, webinars, and office hours); to our members-only community site that helps foster ongoing peer-to-peer connections; and to a number of other benefits. 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 development of this new, mastery-based model of crediting and transcript generation that can transform student learning for the better and strengthen relationships with college admissions offices and business organizations. See our member benefits for more information.

Is the new Mastery Transcript built?

Yes. The first version of the Mastery Transcript has been built and is being piloted. During the 2019-2020 school year, several students at a handful of MTC members schools are using the Mastery Transcript as they apply to colleges. The response thus far from MTC’s Higher Ed Advisory Group and admissions offices throughout the country has been encouraging. We have also gained useful, constructive feedback from our network of member schools and from higher ed, which has helped us enhance the transcript in meaningful ways.

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

Member schools have the choice to fully adopt the Mastery Transcript as their reporting form for colleges and employers, to use it as an alternative to their traditional transcript, or to use it to initiate conversations about the journey to mastery learning and the new transcript. The Mastery Transcript does 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.

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

MTC has a growing Higher Ed Advisory Group, comprised of admissions colleagues, educators, and leaders from a mix of colleges and universities throughout the country. The group is tasked with interacting with and providing feedback on key features in the Mastery Transcript, taking part in planning toward scale, 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.

Will colleges adopt and accept this new transcript model?

Yes, several already are. College admissions officers simply want an efficient, clear, and consistent way to read, differentiate, and “know” each applicant in about two minutes. Many admissions leaders have already commented on how the Mastery Transcript gives them a more authentic understanding of the student and a deeper context on the student’s high school. A mastery-based transcript actually enhances a student’s personal profile while differentiating their individual strengths when compared to a traditional transcript. While the credits on a Mastery Transcript are 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.

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. It will be important, however, 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.

If we join the MTC and move toward a Mastery Transcript model, can we remain “independent” in our school’s curriculum?

Yes. There will need to be a reasonable degree of consistency across MTC schools, but 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–is consistent.

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.

Will our faculty support 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 instead to 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.

Will this require additional hiring or staffing?

No. The MTC will work with member schools to provide resources to support the journey to mastery learning and the Mastery Transcript and to train faculty and staff with the skills they need. No new oversight or position staffing will be necessary.

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!