Competency-Based Education

October 27, 2021

Demystifying Mastery Learning: A Conversation with Utah Educators

The intentional collaboration among the systems from K-12 all the way to higher ed and the organizations overseeing them has been instrumental to the widespread adoption and success of PCBL in our state,” says Melanie Heath, Associate Commissioner for Strategic Initiative and Access for the Utah System of Higher Education. “Rather than having to push against the system, schools are being supported at the State level...
August 31, 2021

Learning from Student Work: Implications for Mastery Learning at Phillips Academy

The Workshop at Andover is a term-long, immersive learning experience for spring term seniors. It represents a significant departure from their previous schooling: they drop all of their classes and instead work with a cohort of students on a series of interdisciplinary projects.
August 12, 2021

Summer 2021: Member Highlights

What do Jordan, Missouri and Washington have in common? No, they are not home teams for “His Airness”, a former Washington Wizard. These disparate locales are where our pioneering member schools, the first three spotlighted in this “Member Highlights” series, are located.
August 12, 2021

Progressing to Mastery: Listening, Learning and Reflecting

As a deeply experienced and expert writer–one who is "unconsciously competent"–Coates finds value in slowing down and reflecting on things he might otherwise take for granted. His observation is also an endorsement of reflection and meta-cognition, two principles at the core of PBL and mastery learning.
June 9, 2021

Feedback for Learning: An Assessment System Beyond Grades

If assessment should be treated as feedback rather than measurement, the shift from measurement to qualitative feedback must be accompanied by ways to provide feedback in a growth-oriented manner, and communicate the level to which a evidence demonstrates the desired learning goals have been articulated.
May 13, 2021

Admissions, Acceptance & Anticipation: Reflecting on Higher Ed Engagement

With the sun setting on our second full college admission cycle–some seismic pandemic shifts tossed in for good measure–the Mastery Transcript has gained even more traction.
April 20, 2021

MTC Members Strive and Thrive in a Year Like No Other

From mindset-shifting to resilience and everything in between, one on one time with member schools about their respective Journeys to Mastery and the impact of the pandemic has yielded thrilling results.
April 16, 2021

School, Racism, and Hope

School, Racism, and Hope — Chief Education Officer Patricia Russell reflects on three common themes emerging from MTC member schools in 2021.
March 22, 2021

What is Assessment in the New Normal?

In this entry, Greg Curtis discusses practical ways of taking deep, summative assessment from theory to reality.
February 16, 2021

How Utah Teachers Benefit from an Ecosystem of Personalized Competency-Based Learning as Much as Students

A look at the Utah State Board of Education Personalized Competency-Based Learning Initiative
November 19, 2020

Communicating the Value of Place and Project-Based Learning:
A Look at Verdi EcoSchool

Conversation with Ayana, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Verdi EcoSchool — the first K-8 urban place and project-based urban farm school in the southeastern United States.
November 3, 2020

College Admissions: Moving From Transactional to Transformational

Conversation with Edgar Montes, Director of Higher-Education Engagement: “College admissions is too often a very complex and overly transactional process. We sometimes don’t talk about the transformational process that needs to happen during the application and admissions process...”
October 1, 2020

Student Voices: Learn from Mastery Learners

On September 24, 2020 student panelists at MTC member schools shared their experiences with mastery learning and how it has prepared them for college, career, and life.
September 29, 2020

Higher Ed Voices: College Admissions in Context

MTC Webinar on October 2, featuring Angel Pérez, CEO of NACAC, is open to the public.
September 18, 2020

Future of College Admissions: Perspectives of Mastery Learners

Student panelists to share their experiences with mastery learning and how it has prepared them for college, career, and life.
September 2, 2020

Mastery Transcript Consortium® (MTC) Announces Full Availability of Mastery Transcript® Version 1.0

Mastery Transcript Consortium®, the network of member high schools who are together introducing a new digital high school transcript based on mastery learning, today announced the launch of the full Mastery Transcript® version 1.0.
August 24, 2020

Assessment Design

Greg Curtis participated in MTC's spring Online Member Symposium, delivering two sessions on assessment, designing qualitative learning goals, and reframing the learning environment. The following is the second in his related "MTC Insights: Assessment” series.
August 19, 2020

MTC Voices: Student Profile

Rising senior at Winooski High School, Evelyn Monje, shares her experience with mastery learning, her excitement about using the Mastery Transcript this year as she applies to college, and a range of work she does in and out of school.
July 10, 2020

Letter to Members and Friends — from the CEO

As the academic year gets into full swing, there are several key initiatives that MTC is advancing with its network of nearly 300 member schools. In particular, this is the...
July 1, 2020

A Transcript for School Change

Amid a backdrop of historical events, there was a particularly significant milestone for MTC and its theory of change. The first students applied to college using the Mastery Transcript.
June 30, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Wall Street Journal

Across high schools and colleges, there is near universal agreement that the current college admissions process, though well-intentioned, has only become more inequitable and even harmful for today’s high school applicants.
June 28, 2020

Assessment: What Students Must Learn

Greg Curtis participated in MTC's spring Online Member Symposium, delivering two sessions on assessment, designing qualitative learning goals, and reframing the learning environment. The following is the second in his related "MTC Insights: Assessment” series.
May 14, 2020

College Admissions Planning Amid COVID-19

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.
May 12, 2020
Saving Nature By Planting Trees

Mastery Learning at Home and Everywhere

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.