Cognitive Rigor Matrix: Rigor by Design, Not Chance
This resource, created by Dr. Karin Hess, provides resources supporting use of the Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix to explore rigor in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The Cognitive Rigor Matrix superimposes two different cognitive complexity frameworks – Bloom’s (Revised) Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge levels – to produce a means of analyzing the emphasis placed on curricular materials, instructional focus, and classroom assessment.
This booklet contains Cognitive Rigor Matrices for Reading, Math/Science, Writing/Speaking, and Social Studies/Humanities. It also contains resources to support strategic scaffolding, and tools for looking for evidence of rigor in classroom observations and inter-visitations.