For thousands of high schoolers throughout the country, the current uncertainty about the role of grades is exacerbating anxiety and accentuating inequitable learning environments. Many students feel undue pressure, including juniors as they prepare for college applications in 2020-2021 and others as they plan ahead to life after high school.
MTC offers 10 insights, drawing upon lessons from our member schools and best practices from the field of mastery learning, to help parents endure the task of schooling at home as they can--and to see learning and their own learners/children in the best light.
“MTC, more than any other organization that we’ve come across, exists in the sweet spot of our two areas of policy focus,” said Sean Sloane, senior policy analyst at the Council of State Government (CSG).
In April Greg Curtis participated in MTC's Online Member Symposium, delivering two sessions on assessment and reimagining the learning environment. The following post addresses the role of assessment and curriculum change in moving toward mastery-based school transformation.
Policymakers and school/district leaders are looking for expert guidance on whether, and how, to grade students during this very unique time. Along with Challenge Success and Crescendo Education Group. MTC offers our recommendation, and invites members of the public to join a webinar with panelists on April 14, 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EDT for more details and an in-depth discussion.
Recently we sat down with Kedra Ishop, PhD, the vice provost for enrollment management at University of Michigan and a member of MTC’s Higher Ed Advisory Group, to discuss the evolution of education, assessment, and the student transcript in the 21st century. Ishop’s vision for the future is rooted in a deep commitment to progress, particularly for the benefit of young people.
In partnership with Chris Sturgis and her coauthor Katherine Casey, MTC is developing a series of publications for members and schools considering membership. The first volume is our theory of action paper, “Getting Our Signals Straight for Students.”
Recently we sat down with Zina Evans, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at University of Florida and a member of MTC’s growing Higher Ed Working Group (HEWG), to discuss her thoughts on MTC and the movement to change education.