How do portfolios translate to credits?
In this implementation, we would not translate to traditional credits. Each competency would be its own “mastery credit”. For example, if there are 30 graduation competencies in the portfolio model, there would be a possibility of 30 mastery credits. There are two different levels of mastery credits:
Foundational credit – All portfolio requirements are completed for a specific competency and the final performance level is a 10 (5 for 6 level continua).
Advanced credit – All portfolio requirements are completed for a specific competency and the final performance level is a 11 (5.5 for 6 level continua).
For students to graduate and be college and career ready, they need to earn all mastery credits at the Foundational level. We have an open question about students that complete all portfolios but do not reach the minimum performance levels for college and career readiness. Could a student be career ready if they earn all Foundational mastery credits for NextGen Essentials, Habits of Success, and Wayfinding?
Click on thumbnail to see how the LWM competencies can be organized into a mastery credit framework.
How are traditional grades calculated?
In this implementation, traditional grades conversions are not used.
How are progress and growth communicated to students and families?
In this example PLP, on the My Progress tab, you will see how progress from the portfolio model can be communicated. There are two portfolios in this example, Foundations and Graduation. The Foundations portfolio should not be confused with a Foundational Mastery credit. Students need to complete their Graduation portfolio for each competency to earn mastery credits.
In this highly personalized model, students can actually choose their desired end date for each competency area and then progress is measured against their pace for completing the portfolio requirements.
What are the implications for a traditional Student Information System (SIS)?
A traditional SIS would not be used to track the accumulation of credits from the completion of time-based courses.
What would the transcript look like?
We would recommend using the Mastery Transcript created by the Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC). In fact, the concepts of mastery credits described above was inspired by the MTC. The Mastery Transcript also functions as a portfolio of evidence. Students can attach artifacts for each competency as evidence of their level of mastery. There is also a section to display the completion of traditional courses, electives, dual enrollment experiences, etc. This transcript does not display traditional indicators such as class rank and GPA.