Rigor and Relevance


The Rigor and Relevance Framework, a tool developed by the staff of the International Center for Leadership in Education, provides guidance as we develop and examine curriculum, instruction and assessment. This Framework is based upon the two dimensions of higher standards and student achievement.

First, there is the continuum of knowledge that describes the increasingly complex ways in which we think. The Knowledge Taxonomy is based on the six levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. The low end of the continuum involves acquiring knowledge and being able to recall or locate that knowledge in a simple manner. The high end of the Knowledge Taxonomy labels more complex ways in which individuals use knowledge. A this level, they take several pieces of knowledge and combine them in logical and creative ways.


The Application Model, or the second continuum, is one of action. The five levels of this continuum describe putting knowledge to use. While the low end is knowledge acquired for its own sake, the high end represents action or the use of knowledge to solve complex problems or to create projects for real-world situations. Click on the link below to view the Rigor and Relevance Framework.



The Rigor and Relevance Framework