A Plan to Kill High School Transcripts … and Transform College Admissions

May 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think it would be very interesting to be able to hear some of the discussions behind the scenes. The "Edward E. Ford Foundation on Tuesday announced a $2 million grant to support the effort," according to this article, and one wonders, why? "This foundation has a narrow focus in its support—independent, private U.S. high schools," according to Inside PhilanthropyAccording to Scott Looney, head of school of the Hawken School, a private institution in Cleveland, "Once the new mastery transcript takes hold, he said, colleges will value it over traditional materials they currently receive. Looney said that, initially, he expected the use of the mastery transcript might encourage colleges to pay more attention to standardized-test scores."
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