Welcome to my website. Be sure to go to the Archives page to checkout "featured" posts. Some will change the first week of May!

In April, 2021 we had more than 1600 unique visitors!

Last week, visitors included educators from 37 different states!

"Hello" this week to educators from these states: AR, DE, ME, KS, TN, MS, RI, GA, PA, WY, MI, MN, KY, UT, MA, FL, WA, IL, NH, TX, NJ, IA, CO, WI, NC, OH, CT, CA, NY, & ?

In 2021, website visitors have also been from all over the world. This week's visitors are highlighted:  Australia (New South Wales,  South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria), Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Yukon), Chile, China, Columbia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, French Polynesia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates & Vietnam.

The Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix

Today, schools and testing organizations across the US and other countries use the Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix in training materials for their professional development and curriculum and assessment work.


So where did the Hess CRM come from?

Learning Progressions

What are learning progressions? Learning progressions, progress maps, developmental continuums, and learning trajectories are all terms that have been used in the literature over the past decade.

Read more about the development of the Learning Progressions Frameworks

Performance & Formative Assessment

Why take a formative assessment seriously? There is ample evidence that the changes involved in teacher practices will raise the scores of students on normal conventional tests. The changes have been shown to be feasible for teachers to implement successfully.  The changes can be made in small increments over time.