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Advice: Transitioning to Competency-based Grading

Exemplars of competency-based transcripts and grading

Overview

As more districts transition to competency or mastery-based systems of instruction, assessment, and grading it is important for them to consider how these new systems will be reflected on transcripts. Several organizations have worked deeply on this issue and developed exemplar transcripts and accompanying school profiles to guide the field on best-practices. In particular, New England Secondary School Consortium and Great Schools Partnership worked with hundreds of districts, schools, colleges, and universities across New England and the country on a wide range of issues related to mastery-based education, grades, and transcripts.

One key concern they address is the potential negative impact on high school students applying to college by using non-traditional transcripts. Research and conversations have made clear competency-based transcripts will not pose any problems for applicants so long as high schools provide informative profiles which explain their systems.