UNIT 2: UNDERSTANDING THE RIGOR/RELEVANCE FRAMEWORK

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OVERVIEW

The Rigor/Relevance Framework was developed by the International Center for Leadership in Education as an evaluative tool to help teachers of all subjects assess the quality of their instructions, assignments, and assessments. Knowledge standards and student performance are the two intersecting continuums. The framework has been adopted by many schools and independent organizations across the US to help increase student learning and to help teachers develop more challenging, yet motivating, lessons. The implications for potential curriculum development are so large that it is beyond the scope of this mini-course. We will be focusing on three basic components of curriculum development: student learning objectives (goals), instructional strategies, and assessments.

"According to Sadler (1989), three elements are required if teachers are to successfully use assessment to promote learning: (1) A clear view of the learning goals (derived from the curriculum)(2) Information about the present state of the learner (derived from assessment)(3) Action to close the gap (taken through instruction) Each of these three elements informs the other. For instance, formulating assessment procedures for classroom use can spur a teacher to think more specifically about learning goals, thus leading to modification of curriculum and instruction. These modifications can, in turn, lead to refined assessment procedures, and so on. The mere existence of classroom assessment along the lines discussed here will not ensure effective learning. The clarity and appropriateness of the curriculum goals, the validity of the assessments in relationship to these goals, the interpretation of the assessment evidence, and the relevance and quality of the instruction that ensues are all critical determinants of the outcome (Pellegrino 2014)."

UNIT 2 OBJECTIVES

-Practice creating goals using the R/R Framework

-Practice developing instructional strategies using the R/R Framework

-Practice creating assessments using the R/R Framework

LESSON 2.1 CREATING GOALS

LESSON 2.2 INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

LESSON 2.3 ASSESSMENTS

NAVIGATION

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Mini-Course

Unit 1: Identifying Characteristics of Rigor

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