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Kid-Friendly Cognitive Rigor Matrix Poster Set

$12.99 for downloadable digital set of 4 posters


In this 4-poster set, learners can edit the Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix on their own and challenge themselves to "rock the rigor" while educators can customize and print for their classrooms a complete Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix of their choosing.


Karin's 2018 flipbook - Will only be available for a few more months

Rigor by Design, Not Chance

This 16-page booklet is printed on heavy cardstock for long-lasting use. As a companion to Karin's (2018) Corwin book, A Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper Learning, it provides an overview of the development of the Hess CRM and illustrates how the roles of students and teachers can shift with appropriate questioning and learning activities that move from surface learning to deeper understanding. Also included:

  • 7 Common Misconceptions about Rigor

  • Two new walk-through tools: Teacher & Student Behaviors

  • Classroom examples of strategic scaffolding strategies 

This is a practical resource for coaches and assessment leaders who want handy access to the 4 most commonly used Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrices and a guide to classroom “look fors” and support strategies at each DOK level.

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A Local Assessment Toolkit to Promote Deeper Learning: Transforming Research Into Practice (2018, Corwin).

  • Available in paperback or as an ebook from Amazon.

  • Designed to support school leaders, PLC work, and book studies in assessment literacy for preK-16 educators.

  • Includes 5 in-depth PD modules with 90+ downloadable tools!

  • Discounts available for bulk orders.

Two of Karin's Popular Workshops are Now on Video 

(M-1) Thinking Deeply? Or Just Working Harder?

Based on Module 1, A Local Assessment Toolkit

Use this self-facilitated workshop to learn on your own time or to support locally-designed workshops for your staff. The PD package includes Karin’s presentation with 2 hours of workshop video with UT educators, her PowerPoint presentation, and a facilitator guide with handouts, suggested “turn & talk” places with discussion points, and supplemental video links to spark collaborative discussions about rigor and deeper learning.

(M-3) Student Work to D-I-E For!

Based on Module 3, A Local Assessment Toolkit

For many years, Karin has used the acronym D-I-E to make the student work analysis process more meaningful: First Describe what you actually see/hear; next Interpret what the student does/does not understand as revealed in the evidence; and finally, Evaluate next steps based on your intended purpose (e.g., examining task quality, developing/refining the rubric, next steps for instruction, etc.). The PD package includes Karin’s presentation with 2 hours of video with VT educators, her PowerPoint presentation, and a facilitator guide with student work samples for analysis practice.


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Deeper Competency-Based Learning: Making Equitable, Student-Centered, Sustainable Shiftsby Karin Hess, Rose Colby, & Dan Joseph (2020), Corwin.

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Want to schedule a book study for your staff? Contact Dr. Hess and she can arrange for a discount on bulk orders from Corwin!