Electronic portfolios listing skills one has “mastered” or attained a “proficiency or competency” in is all that is needed.  Standards-based grading helps with that shift.

Our ultimate plan is to move education out of school buildings. With devices to gather the data on skills and standards, spending money on heating buildings and paying salaries seems pretty darn wasteful, doesn’t it? Public monies could be much better spent on programs that deliver consistent, measureable results. And these measurable results are front and center for impact investors.

For that to happen though, parents need to be disabused of old fashioned notions of age-based classrooms, report cards, diplomas…because lifelong learning for tomorrow will be constant reinvention of ourselves as independent operators in the gig economy.  The Chamber of Commerce wants to know how many skills a person has. Actually, the algorithms will be reviewing the skill codes. It’s much easier to have a comprehensive list of what a person can do. Nuance is a liability when it comes to economic sorting and profiling. We want clear cut data-yes/no. A student’s human capital value is a measure of the skills attained at a given moment in time. We need granular data, much more than can be recorded in a traditional report card format.