Applying Cognitive Rigor to Project-Based Learning

Some of the tools listed below are excerpts from A Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper Learning

  1. Performance Task Development - Hess Task Planning Tool: Use this planning tool to collaboratively design projects or performance tasks.

  2. Rubric Development - Hess PLC Tool #11 - Use to collaboratively design or give feedback on rubrics.

  3. Performance Task Validation - Hess PLC Tool #9A - Use to analyze and validate a project design or performance task.

  4. KID TOOL: Collaborative Inquiry Planning Students use to analyze and plan how they will complete a complex task.

  5. KID TOOL: PBL Activity Log - Use  as an alternative to a teacher-established calendar; co-develop with students at first.

  6. BEST Toolkit - Self-Direction Rubrics K-12 Students can use these rubrics to guide PBL goal setting and self-reflection activities.

  7. BEST Toolkit - Collaboration Rubrics K-12 Rubrics can be used by individuals or groups to show evidence of learning /progress.


PBL Resources, Authors, and Examples


Building Competency-Based Systems & CB Assessments

Excerpts from Deeper Competency-Based Learning: Making Equitable, Student-Centered, Sustainable Shifts

  1. Competency-Based Systems - Overview of Major CBE Shifts 

  2. Competency-Based Systems - Sample Holistic Proficiency Scale for school-based grading and reporting

  3. Competency-based Systems - CBE Tool #3: Self-Evaluation Rubric for Competency Statements

  4. Competency-Based Systems - CBE Tool#4: Developing Competencies Across Grades (NOTE: NH's Model Competencies used this tool during development)

  5. Competency-Based Systems - CBE Tool#5: Analyzing a Competency (ELA example with development steps. Then use "I can..." statements to create a performance scale for each competency.)

  6. Competency-based Systems - CBE Tool #6: Performance Scale Example (Example for developing instruction and assessments for rhetorical analysis across content areas) 

  7.  Strategy Example: (Chapter 4 excerpt) Pacing strategies for personalizing on-line learning

  8.  Strategy Example: (Chapter 3 excerpt) Rhetorical Analysis Options across Content Areas