Webinar: Analyzing assignments for rigor and equity

By Learning Forward
December 2019
Vol. 40, No. 6
Learning Forward recently hosted a webinar with Tanji Reed Marshall of the Education Trust about why and how to analyze assignments for rigor and equity. Assignments are important because they shape students’ thinking and skill-building, affect teachers’ instruction, convey teacher expectations of their students, and influence how students interact with the curriculum. As Marshall reminded participants, “Students can do no better than the assignments they are given.” Research from the Education Trust reveals that, nearly two decades after many states adopted more highly rigorous standards, students continue to be given assignments far below the rigor demanded to be successful in college and careers. The webinar began with a review of this research across content areas. Marshall also asked participants to share examples of memorable assignments

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