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29 March, 201129 March, 2011
Folder: White Papers
Grade Level: All (K-12)
Studies have shown that students understand and retain knowledge best when they have applied it
in a practical, relevant setting. A teacher who relies on lecturing does not provide students with optimal
learning opportunities. Instead, students go to school to watch the teacher work. The International
Center’s Rigor/Relevance Framework is a powerful tool that has captured the imagination of teachers to
aspire to teach students to high rigor and high relevance.

All educators can use the Rigor/Relevance Framework to set their own standards of excellence as
well as to plan the objectives they wish to achieve. This versatile Framework applies to standards,
curriculum, instruction, and assessment.