Introduction to Extended Transcript (eT)

Introduction to Extended Transcript (eT)

What is Extended Transcript?

Educational institutions are increasingly recognizing that the historic academic transcript does not convey a complete picture of a learner’s achievements, particularly the learner’s skills, competencies, non-traditional learning experiences, and co-curricular accomplishments.

The Extended Transcript (eT) specification is a standardized format for this new academic transcript designed to meet the needs of both institutions and learners.



What education scenarios are supported by the specification?

The Extended Transcript (eT) was designed for institutions, learners, and the emerging digital credentials ecosystem.

eT was designed to support a variety of educational programs including competency-based education, experiential learning, badges, technical skills, employability skills (e.g. 21st Century skills, soft skills), and more

Learn how the University of Maryland University College is using eT to support its strategic goals of building students' competencies through project-based learning

Sample Extended Transcript (click for larger view)


Who benefits?

Learners are the primary beneficiary of Extended Transcripts. Their transcript can now capture rich information about their learning achievements beyond course completions. With an Extended Transcript, learners can share an official verifiable digital transcript with admissions offices, graduate schools, prospective employers, or others.

Consumers of Extended Transcripts such as college admissions officers, HR staff, and hiring managers benefit from gaining access to richer and verifiable information about learners’ skills, competencies, experiences, and achievements.

What problems are being solved?

Currently, academic transcripts and the information systems that produce them, are not designed to support the variety of learning experiences associated with competency-based education and co-curricular activities, among other experiences. Learners who wish to share these accomplishments must curate this information on their own and often without the official mark of the educational institution. The Extended Transcript standard will enable the market to develop innovative systems to store, display, and share this next generation of academic transcripts and data.


Does this update or replace one or more existing specifications?

Extended Transcript (eT) 1.0 is the first public release of the standard. Learn more about the eT specification.