I have a bit of a pet peeve about the use of the word “rigor” in education. Here’s another great analysis of what rigor should actually mean, when applied to a teacher evaluation system:
If policymakers aren’t willing to take measurement error into account in a defensible way in teacher-evaluation systems, don’t talk to me about rigor — rigor is dead.
Though wonky, the entire piece from Aaron Pallas at the Gotham Schools Community section is an important read.
(Side note: it kills me not to write more about teacher evaluation, but I am under a non-disclosure agreement because I am on the UFT’s negotiation committee for our new system; I have also been asked not to write about the work I’ve done in developing performance assessments that will be used as part of the system).