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ETS and Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) Join Forces to Scale Skills Transcript

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ETS: Kristen Mitchell


PRINCETON, NJ, USA (May 15, 2024) – ETS, a global education and talent solutions organization, announced today that Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) has become a wholly owned subsidiary of ETS, in a deal that closed on May 1. MTC’s work to create scalable, flexible learning records— Mastery Transcripts and MTC Learning Records – will dovetail as part of ETS’s joint Skills for the Future initiative with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, announced in April 2023

“MTC’s pioneering work to make competency-based education accessible to more learners is directly aligned with the vision and trajectory of our Skills for the Future work,” said Paul Gollash, Senior Vice President of K-16. “We are thrilled to welcome the MTC team to ETS and to work with them to expand our K-16 skills work to co-design, develop, and distribute robust tools that measure durable skills acquisition both in and outside the classroom.”

MTC joins ETS at a time of significant transformation in the sector. ETS’s work as part of Skills for the Future has been intentionally designed to create a fundamental paradigm shift from time-based to skill-based learning. This work will result in a suite of tools to support the development and measurement of skills linked to success in post-secondary education, careers, and civic life.

“Scott Looney founded MTC in 2017, based on a key insight springing from his work with Doris Korda to design the Mastery School of Hawken in Cleveland, Ohio, which recognized that a new credentialing system would be needed for mastery-based learning models to gain widespread adoption,” said Mike Flanagan, CEO of MTC. “We are thrilled to be able to take that work into its next phase:  with ETS, we’ll have the ability to scale our solution to millions of learners.”  

Joining forces with ETS is an opportunity for MTC to expand the resources it can deploy on behalf of its extensive school and college network spanning school systems serving more than half a million learners each year. This work will empower both K12 and higher ed systems to implement competency-based systems and reliably validate that learners demonstrate the development of durable skills. 


About ETS

ETS is a global education and talent solutions organization enabling lifelong learners to be future ready. We advance the science of measurement to build the benchmarks for fair and valid skill assessment. We are committed to powering human progress by promoting skill proficiency, empowering upward mobility and unlocking more opportunities for everyone, everywhere. Our assessment products – including the TOEFL, TOEIC, GRE, and Praxis Assessments – as well as our innovative solutions and subsidiaries help 50 million people each year to clarify their strengths and find opportunities for growth in education, work and beyond. We continue to operate around the world, with offices in 25 locations and operations in 200 countries and territories.

About Skills for the Future

The Skills for the Future Initiative is a joint endeavor of ETS and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to radically transform education from a time-based to a competency-based system undergirded by measures that capture evidence of what’s most important for success in high school, postsecondary education, jobs in today’s economy, and, jobs of the future. This joint initiative leverages ETS and Carnegie’s collective decades of expertise and excellence in assessment and learning science – driving a paradigm shift in education.

About MTC

MTC is a national non-profit membership organization that helps make competency-based education available to all learners.  In 2015, Scott Looney and Doris Korda began work on a new lab school focused on learner-centered, real-world problem solving. Their combined work resulted in the creation of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, the Korda Institute for Teaching, and ultimately the Mastery School of Hawken, which opened in 2020. With over 370 members spanning public, private, and charter schools, as well as non-traditional learning organizations, MTC co-creates uniquely flexible and scalable learning records that supplement or replace traditional high school transcripts.