Rigorous Curriculum Defined . . . A rigorous curriculum is an inclusive set of intentionally aligned components—clear learning outcomes with matching assessments, engaging learning experiences, and instructional strategies—organized into sequenced units of study.
A rigorous curriculum serves as both the detailed road map and the high-quality delivery system for ensuring that all students achieve the desired end: the attainment of their designated grade- or course-specific standards within a particular content area. ~ Larry Ainsworth, Author, Rigorous Curriculum Design
Priority Standards: Prioritizing Process, click HERE Collaborative Decision-Making Matrix, click HERE Check out Larry Ainsworth's new book, Prioritizing the Common Core, click HERE.
Unwrapping the Standards: Unwrapping Process and Template, click HERE Hess's Cognitive Rigor Matrix ELA, click HERE Hess's Cognitive Rigor Matrix Math/Science, click HERE
Examples: District Level: Forsyth County Schools (Georgia), click HERE Regional Level: Northwest Regional ESD, Prioritized CCSS Math, click HERE Regional Level: Northwest Regional ESD, Prioritized CCSS ELA, click HERE State Level: Connecticut DOE, click HERE