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Florida’s adoption of the standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects presents an opportunity to revise the state’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Model of Cognitive Complexity. Florida’s original three-level DOK model of cognitive complexity was adapted from the four-level DOK model described by Dr. Norman Webb (2005). Webb’s Levels 1 and 2 were represented in Florida’s adaptation of Webb’s DOK model as low and moderate, respectively. DOK Levels 3 and 4 were collapsed into a single, “high” DOK level. Florida is now adopting Webb’s four-level DOK model of content complexity as a means of classifying the cognitive demand presented by standards and curriculum.
CPALMS coordinated the development of common definitions using Dr. Norman Webb's model for Depth of Knowledge. Common definitions were developed for the forllowing subjects: English/language arts (reading and writing), mathematics, science, social studies, and health education. These definitions served as the cornerstone for the rating of the math and ELA standards that are avilable on CPALMS.
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CPALMS hosted a workshop in July of 2012 to determine the content complexity ratings for the math and ELA standards. A team of curriculum developers, researchers, subject area experts, and teachers from around the state were involved in this event. Professional development was provided to all participants by a team of leading cognitive complexity experts including Dr. Norman Webb. The rating for each standard can be found on the standard pages or anywhere the standards are shown with CPALMS and iCPALMS.
Two professional development modules will be produced and made available on CPALMS. One will be in a form of short video explaining content complexity to the general population. The other will be a module specific for educators to learn about content complexity, the rating levels, the ratings, and the use of these ratings for instructional planning.
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