Approaching 130,000 site visitors since our launch! I am in awe and humbled.

My thoughts and prayers are with my friends at the American School in Nicaragua.

2020 visitors to my website were from states all over the US and ... Nigeria, Poland, Mexico, Bahrain, Chile, Sweden, Portugal, Uganda, Qatar, Belgium, Nicaragua, Greece, Romania, Kazakhstan, Czechia, Egypt, Philippines, Peru, Australia, UK, South Korea, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago,  Russia, China, Kenya, Oman, South Africa, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Canada (Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta), Netherlands, Chad, Finland, Puerto Rico, Croatia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Austria, Palestine, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, France, Ireland, Columbia, Taiwan, Norway, Switzerland, Guatemala, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Hong Kong, Uganda, New Zealand, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Denmark, Ukraine, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Somalia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Cuba, Bulgaria, Curacao, Panama, Hungary, Latvia, Morocco, Argentina, Cayman Islands, Lebanon, Thailand, Singapore, India, & Jamaica.

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.

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. 

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