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).

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Common Core State Standards and Text Complexity

I'm writing a new series of blogs over at Suite 101.  The newest one is on the increased emphasis in the Common Core State Standards and text complexity.Be sure to check it out!

The Common Core State Standards focus on increasing text complexity. What does that mean? How can we address that in the classroom?
The Common Core State Standards are one of the hottest topics in education today, especially since they are designed to increase rigor in the classroom. Increasing text complexity, or the level of text students are expected to understand is embedded in the standards. It's important to keep in mind that text does not mean only books. The CCSS emphasize non-fiction, informational text materials that will prepare students for college and the workforce.

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