Content Complexity Common Definitions
CPALMS coordinated the development of common definitions using Dr. Norman Webb's model for Depth of Knowledge. Common definitions were developed for the following 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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Content Complexity Ratings for the Standards
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.
Professional Development Modules
Two professional development modules are available on CPALMS. One is an introduction of content complexity to the general population. The other is 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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