I am undergoing world building for a story I am writing. In this story, the school system is level based, where there are no grades(as in grades 1-12), just accomplishments in terms of level.
--Example Clarification; Mary is nearly ending her first year of schooling:
- She has taken and passed Basic Arithmetic( +,-,*,/ ) exams, granting a 4th year Math level
- She has taken and passed Algebraic Arithmetic exams, granting 7th year Math level
- she has also passed Precalculus exams, granting 10th year Math level
- so by her second year of schooling, she's allowed to take 11th year Calculus classes
-- however, because her parents insisted on a mathematics focus, she has yet to pass all other class's examinations:
- she has passed and taken Elementary Science granting 2nd year Science level, and so she can take 2nd year science in her 2nd year
- not enough time was invested in Social Studies and she must take 1st year Social Studies in her 2nd year
So what would that system be called? It is a system where each student's accomplishments are accumulated throughout their life as a student; and ability/competence is based on the amount of knowledge a student has at any point in time. It prevents students who already know their stuff from getting held back and it allows students who struggle to catch up when they are more mature.
If it isn't clear, think in terms of an RPG: instead of ATK, DEF, SPD having different values; MATH, SCIENCE, and GYM are the names of the stats, and their values increase when a student completes a class.
"Meritocracy" is what I'm leaning towards, but perhaps there is a different term? If so, what is the term for this system?