Remember the three Rs – reading, writing and ’rithmetic? Get ready to add a fourth: rigor. It’s the buzzword in education. From presidents to principals, billionaires to school board members, governors to teachers, everybody seems to be promising rigor, demanding rigor, or deploring the lack of rigor in American schools. But what does the word “rigor” actually mean? What are the hallmarks a rigorous curriculum? And do students in other countries receive a more rigorous education than U.S. students?

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Rigor: It’s all the rage, but what does it mean?

By Richard Lee Colvin and Joanne Jacobs

Remember the three Rs – reading, writing and ’rithmetic? Get ready to add a fourth: rigor. It’s the buzzword in education. From presidents to principals, billionaires to school board members, governors to teachers, everybody seems to be promising rigor, demanding rigor, or deploring the lack of rigor in American schools.

Can career and technical classes be rigorous too?

By Liz Willen

A new approach seeks to meet demands of the modern workplace. (Just don’t call it “voc ed.”)

Chemistry lesson: How a nurturing classroom helps

By Janice Crowley

Critical thinking comes more easily when students feel free to ask questions without ridicule.

AP and IB courses: Are they truly rigorous?

By Justin Snider

Scrutiny shows that these programs do set high standards and design well-aligned assessments.

Looking to the rest of the world

By Hechinger Report

Our “mile-wide, inch-deep” curricula compare poorly with other nations’ focus on fewer topics.

Experts: What is rigor?

By Hechinger Report

We asked more than 20 education experts how they defined “rigor.” Click through the slideshow below to see what they had to say.

The science behind rigor

By Hechinger Report

What goes on in the brain during rigorous learning? We asked two scientists to explain.