Applying Cognitive Rigor to PBL

Excerpts from A Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper Learning

  1. Performance Task Development - Hess PLC Tool #20Use to collaboratively design 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 performance task

  4. Roles - Hess LP Tool #26 - Use to analyze teacher-student roles, plan for how learning will occur, conduct walkthroughs looking for evidence of rigor

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

  6. KID TOOL: PBL Activity Log use as an alternative to a calendar; co-develop with students at first


PBL Resources 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 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 - Updated CBE Tool#5: Analyzing a Competency (Example with development steps

  6. Competency-based Systems - CBE Tool #6: Performance Scale Development Development Template

  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

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