The Common Core State Standards expect students to demonstrate deep conceptual understanding through the application of content knowledge and skills in new situations; however, “the specific content standards provide limited guidance as to how, when, or to what degree...

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A brief history of the Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix

Today various educational and testing organizations in the US and other countries now use the Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix in training materials for their professional development and curriculum work. So...

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In 2010, as the Common Core State Standards were simultaneously being developed, I was charged to recruit researchers, content experts, and master teachers from both general and special education from across the US to review research about how learning...

  • Bloom’s dimensions identify types of thinking that CAN become deeper when matched with increasingly more complex content: deeper application, deeper understanding, deeper analysis, etc. 

 

  • DOK descriptors reference the complexity of mental processing needed to...

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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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