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.
MTC is offering two public webinars as part of its weeklong MTC Online Member Symposium. Both are free and open to the public, given broad interest in the discussion topics: "Progress and Promise: MTC and Higher Education” (Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m. EDT) and “Mastery Transcript: Product Roadmap for Fall 2020" (Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. EDT).
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.
Well before government officials began closing schools to slow COVID-19’s impact on our healthcare systems and communities, there were compelling reasons to rethink what “academic excellence” actually means. At this moment and in our current context, this definition is being wholly redefined.
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.
We continue our series of case studies with the stories of two more MTC member schools: Champlain Valley Union High School in Vermont and Pathways High School in Wisconsin. Both are public high schools who are engaging their students in learning experiences deeply rooted in research on learning. What is a common road block for school change?
MTC’s expertly illustrated series of case studies, prepared by Chris Sturgis, are key resources for member schools. We launch with two member schools, Northern Cass School District 97 in North Dakota and Tilton School in New Hampshire, whose journeys follow similar paths, but…
MTC is pleased to introduce the publication, “The Journey towards Mastery Learning: The Steps and Stages to Mastery Credits and the Mastery Transcript,” coauthored by mastery learning experts Chris Sturgis and Katherine Casey, along with MTC’s Senior Director of Member Engagement Susan Bell. This is the second in a series of publications MTC is producing (“MTC Works”) during 2019-2020, following on the earlier theory of action paper, “Getting Our Signals Straight for Students.” The goal of “The Journey towards Mastery Learning” is to provide MTC member schools–and others who are thinking about joining the MTC movement–with a framework for reimagining high school and transitioning to mastery learning … and ultimately the MTC Mastery Transcript. Read on for more.
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.”
Jonathan E. Martin has recently published the book “Reinventing Crediting for Competency-Based Education” to explore the need for school transformation along with the implementation of promising models, particularly the Mastery Transcript Consortium.
During the coming weeks, more than 60 students from a handful of schools across the country will be working with their teachers and counselors to start preparing their Mastery Transcripts for college applications.
In this first profile from MTC’s Student Voices series, Megan ’19 shares her first interactions with the Mastery Transcript and excitement for how it will showcase the strengths she brings to a college program in music industry management.
The MTC Mastery Transcript (MTC) will host the session, “Moving Beyond GPA: Using the Mastery Transcript to Drive Equity,” at the NACAC National Conference 2019 in the Kentucky International Conference Center.