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Please define/explain "rigor or rigorous", as it relates to The Common Core.

Jul 18, 2015 2:49am

I am not clear on the meaning in regards to The Common Core. The word rigor/rigorous has mostly been defined using such terms as very strict, inflexible, and harsh. These words are negative and prescriptive. Help!!!!!

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    • Aug 2, 2015 9:02am

      Rigor, as educational jargon, refers to instruction and expectations that are academically, intellectually and personally challenging. They involve critical and creative thinking and deeper understanding.

      In the Common Core, rigor is specifically referenced as one of the three the Key Shifts for mathematics. "Rigor: Pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application with equal intensity. Rigor refers to deep, authentic command of mathematical concepts, not making math harder or introducing topics at earlier grades. To help students meet the standards, educators will need to pursue, with equal intensity, three aspects of rigor in the major work of each grade: conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application."

      Also in education, rigor is referenced as part of the Karen Hess's Cognitive Rigor Matrix. The matrix is a grid that folds together the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge levels. There is one for ELA and one for Math/Science that provide specific examples. ELA matrix:
      Math/Sci matrix:

      Lessons that align with the concepts and strategies of the higher levels of both Bloom's and DOK are the most rigorous. For example, when a student has to synthesize information across multiple texts and generate an opinion there is more challenge than reading one paragraph and stating the main idea. This is the essence of rigor in education...

      • Jul 18, 2015 8:50am

        Ms. Tucker, I don't know if you really think like I do because if you do then you wouldn't be asking this query

        • Jul 18, 2015 5:28am

          I think as you do, but look up the word rigor and perhaps you will understand. I asked the question for a more positive definition. Thank you for your prompt response assistance in this matter.

          • Jul 19, 2015 1:44am

            Mr. Villanueva, thank you, I found what I was looking on the Iowa CORE and the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Associations websites.