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In March, 2021 we had more than 2000 unique visitors!

Last week, visitors included educators from 37 states and China, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, UK, Canada (Alberta, Nova Scotia, & Newfoundland and Labrador), Philippines, New Zealand, Romania, & Australia (New South Wales and Queensland)!

"Hello" this week to educators from  MD, OR, IN, DE, CA, FL, AR, WA, VA, CO, TN, KS, WS, NC, TX, IL, NH, NY, LA, PA, MA,IA, AZ, OK, OH, MS, GA, & ... ?

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

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. 

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