Awarding credits based on student mastery of content and skills can remove barriers to increasing student readiness for college and careers, according to a new issue brief released by the National Governors Association.

State Strategies for Awarding Credit to Support Student Learning shows how governors can lead efforts to foster alternative methods of awarding credit by working to:

  • Build flexibility in state policy for students to earn credit based on learning;
  • Modify school funding formulas to allocate resources based on student mastery of content and skills as opposed to enrollment;
  • Ensure data systems are linked across state agencies and education providers; and
  • Require public institutions of higher education to accept student transcripts with credits earned by demonstration of mastery.