New Movement: Mastery of Skills Trumps Grades, Transcripts

A movement of elite private schools throughout the country is attempting to revolutionize the college admission process. The Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) is proposing to exclude names of courses and grades from transcripts and replace them with levels of mastery that identify performance concepts. In addition, the U.S. News & World Report (May 2017) reports that almost half the high schools across the country are no longer reporting class rank.

Scott Jaschik’s “A Plan to Kill High School Transcripts and Transform College Admissions” (Inside Higher Education, May 5, 2017) explains that in place of “English IV Grade A,” for example, credit in oral and written complex communication would be expressed as one of the following: a. “expresses ideas in two or more languages,” b. “listens attentively” or c. “speaks effectively.”

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