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Build assessments you can really use | Unlock the how, when, what, and why Watch your 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: • 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

Is the Task Appropriate to the Text? : Examining and Using Increasingly Complex Texts
Is the Task Appropriate to the Text?: Examining and Using Increasingly Complex Texts
2.1 What Makes Texts Complex, and Why Should Every Teacher Care?

Over the past decades, much has been written about the importance of students’ ability to not only comprehend, but to analyze increasingly complex texts as they advance across the grades. While much of the literature has focused on instructional strategies, lesson or unit design, and supports provided to struggling readers, we’ve also begun to see an emergence of research pointing to the importance of understanding the types of texts we ask our students to read, as well as what makes a specific text more or less complex than ...

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