More than any other document generated by a high school, the transcript can feel like the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a typical human being: very small, and utterly determinative. Given the power the transcript holds, we’ve taken the task of developing a proficiency-based transcript very seriously. After three years of ongoing discussions with trusted thought-partners, including curriculum coordinators, tech directors and principals, JumpRope has developed a transcript that we believe to be honest and thorough while also allowing our schools latitude to make some choices.
Supporting our customers in their choices
One choice many JumpRope customers have made is to supplement the traditional course-based transcript with a proficiency-based transcript. They feel that sharing both versions provides a more rounded view benefiting the student. Recognizing there is a limit to the quantity of paperwork admissions personnel can review, this transcript will typically be a double-sided single page document. Side A will be organized solely by courses and will include traditional course-based grades and is typically generated by the student information system. JumpRope will generate the proficiency-based side of the transcript.
As is the case with our progress reports, for the proficiency-based side of the transcript, JumpRope has developed a template our customers can use. Schools and districts interested in customizing the template, will have the option to do so at an additional cost. Of course, the more consistency in the transcript template from one school to the next, the less college admissions officers need to interpret. That said, we are willing to customize appropriately for any of our customers. Check out this sample template.
What will a JumpRope proficiency-based transcript look like? What will it include?
If you looked at the sample template above, you likely noted some key factors of the proficiency-based side of the transcript. Like a traditional transcript, the proficiency-based transcript is designed to fit on a single page. It’s organized by content area, not by course or term. Each content area would typically contain 3-12 graduation or parent standards, based on your district standards bank. Our proficiency-based transcript is not time bound. It can be generated at any moment and will show accurate real time data for the graduation or parent standards assessed in the content areas. The scores for content areas and standards can be represented as average scores (these would be a reflection of the underlying calculation method chosen by the district or school to determine proficiency within JumpRope) or by number of underlying child standards or indicators at the proficient level, or both. Also like a traditional transcript, the school may choose to include an overall proficiency-based GPA. And finally schools that track data for non-academic areas such as 21st Century Skills, Guiding Principles, or Habits of Work and Learning, can include that data on the proficiency-based transcript, though most choose not to have those components factor into grades or scores for content areas or the final GPA.
How will a JumpRope transcript be similar to and different from a traditional transcript?
The template is designed to be visually similar to a traditional transcript so readers can scan it in exactly the same way they would a traditional transcript. The top of the document will include school information and student biographical information. The data to determine grades will still be drawn from the assignment scores underlying those grades. If a school chooses to display a traditional side of the transcript, all scores will roll up to final course grades while the content areas would be the corresponding top of the hierarchy on the proficiency side. Each side can still display an overall GPA. Unlike a traditional transcript, a significant benefit to a proficiency-based transcript is that (theoretically) a student can return to any standard to improve her or his work there. Like our progress reports, the proficiency-based transcript provides a finer level of detail, all in the same space as a traditional transcript. And since the transcript is anchored to agreed-upon parent or graduation standards in a system where consistency in terms of calculation and evidence collected is built-in, the data is less subjective and therefore more reliable.
In the past we have hosted webinars to help our customers understand our products and how to get the most from them. We intend to do the same with our proficiency-based transcript. Keep your eyes peeled in our newsletter and blog for webinars as well as lunch and learns focused on the transcript. Our goal is to inform you, our customers so you can make the best choices possible for your students. As always, feel free to reach out to us directly if you have questions!