Coming next week - Assessment Strategies for Distance Learning


Now you can get a pre-publication discount on our new book -  Deeper Competency-Based Learning


Support your use of Karin's  Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper Learning

- Tracking chart for using and reflecting on Toolkit activities implemented in classrooms


- Download the Quick Reference Bookmarks for each Module

Featured Kid Tools

April 2020 - The "What I Need to Do" Rubric for Reflection and Goal Setting

When students understand the expectations - or success criteria - for a given performance task, they are better able to self-monitor their own progress. I developed the “What I need to do” rubrics by stripping away all performance levels except PROFICIENT and making them student interactive (Hess, 2018, Module 3). Download a goal-setting example.

April 2019 - Published in ASCD Express: Deepening Student Understanding with Collaborative Discourse 


November 2016 - Formative Assessment - TBEAR in Action! If you've been in my workshops, you've seen TBEAR, a graphic organizer for analyzing texts or preparing for discussion or writing. "TBEAR" provides support, especially for ELLs and struggling readers, and is an easy acronym for students to remember. Download TBEAR here.

Featured Instructional Strategies

February 2016 - Teaching and Assessing Understanding of Text Structures  – (Updated for Module 2, A Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper Learning, 2018 ) Build anchor charts with your students as they use increasingly more complex texts across the school year.


August 2018 - Complexity - is it the task, the content, or both? Why do some tasks or test items seem more challenging for students than others, even though the DOK levels are the same for both? This short paper explains how I think about content versus task complexity, and the use of  strategic scaffolding. 


January 2019 - Guided Practice: Introducing and planning to solve a mathematics  performance task - Getting started with (DOK 3-4) problem solving; useful when introducing deeper thinking to students or parents.

Featured Assessment Strategies

April 2020 - Assessment Strategies for Student Self-Monitoring (Chapter 4 excerpt, Deeper Competency-Based Learning)

March 2019 (article/webinar) -  Rethinking formative assessment: Use learning progressions to fuel student success

Karin Hess, Ed.D, is a recognized international leader in developing practical approaches for using cognitive rigor and learning progressions as the foundation for formative, interim, and performance assessments.



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