Build classroom assessments you can really use | Unlock the how, when, what, and why of uncovering student thinking.

Watch your assessment system become greater than its parts by building local capacity through common language and deeper knowledge of assessment components.


For years, educators have turned to the Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrices (CRM). Now for the first time, the modules are packaged into one resource to help you evaluate the quality and premise of your current assessment system. 


Designed as a professional development guide for long-term use by school leaders, five content-rich, topic-based modules:

  • Provide a solid research base for instruction and assessment practices

  • Offer field-tested, teacher-friendly strategies for local school test development

  • Can be used for individual or professional development opportunities

  • Allow for sequential or non-sequential use of modules 


Read reviews and preview content in A Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper Learning: Transforming Research Into Practice at

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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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