I've heard so many people say that the CCSSs will solve all the problems with rigor in classrooms, that I was very relieved to hear what I knew--the standards are NOT about how teachers should teach. The standards are rigorous, but the bottom line is what happens in the classroom with instruction. That's always been my focus on rigor.
Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).
I wrote a four page research brief on this a few months ago. Interested?
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