Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC)™, along with Challenge Success and Crescendo Education Group, two other educational organizations founded upon the principles of mastery learning, student well-being, and equity, today issued a joint statement for educators, families, and policymakers throughout the United States. Policymakers and school/district leaders are looking for expert guidance on whether, and how, to grade students during the very unique time of COVID-19. Together the organizations offer a recommendation below, and invite members of the public to register for a webinar with our panel on April 14, 2020, 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EDT for more details and a robust discussion.
We know that families are striving to balance childcare, remote student learning, and work responsibilities while navigating the stress of COVID-19, including caring for those stricken with the virus; and some face food, housing, and job insecurity as well. Every home learning environment is unique, and each student’s resources and access to support varies. Teachers are doing their best to balance their own home responsibilities and pressures while learning new technology and preparing remote lessons.
Given the current varying needs and environments of students, families, and educators, it seems improbable that the teaching and learning that takes place during the next several weeks will be comparable to the education that students experience during the typical school year. In support of student well-being and equity, we recommend that schools across the United States:
Our organizations believe that mastery learning and meaningful educational experiences can happen everywhere—in a range of contexts including outside the four walls of a classroom, in online and/or blended learning environments, as well as through developing agency and building resilience during a pandemic. We encourage educators, families, and policymakers to broaden their definition of learning and honor all student growth and development. Together we can ensure that grading/crediting policies reflect these shared principles, in a unified effort to support our nation’s students during this extraordinary time.
Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC)
Stacy Caldwell, CEO
Denise Pope, Cofounder; Senior Lecturer Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Crescendo Education Group
Joe Feldman, CEO; author “Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms (Corwin)”
Together with Challenge Success and Crescendo Education Group, MTC invites you to register now for the free webinar “Guidelines on Grading/Crediting During COVID-19” on April 14 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Join in for more details and an in-depth discussion with our panelists.
The Mastery Transcript Consortium™ (MTC) is a growing network of public and private schools who are introducing the MTC Mastery Transcript™, 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. As member schools prepare to implement the Mastery Transcript, they transition their educational models from traditional to mastery-based learning. MTC supports each school’s unique journey to mastery learning through a range of member benefits and through the collective strength and support of its growing peer-to-peer network. MTC is also working collaboratively with higher education to ensure the Mastery Transcript meets the needs of a diverse range of college admissions offices.
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