What is Rigor?

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? See all our Special Reports

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

  Remember the three Rs – reading, writing and ’rithmetic? Get ready to add a fourth: rigor. It’s the buzzword in education.…

Can career and technical classes be rigorous too?

In a hallway of Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School in New York City, paper stars emblazoned with the names of successful students proclaim: “I’m going to college!”…

Chemistry lesson: How a nurturing classroom helps

Janice Crowley (Courtesy College Board) Anyone who has watched a few “CSI” episodes knows that “rigor mortis” refers to the rigidity or stiffening of muscles that occurs…

AP and IB courses: Are they truly rigorous?

It has become almost impossible to speak of a rigorous high school curriculum without also speaking of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. To many people,…

Looking to the rest of the world

Worried that American students have fallen behind their overseas peers, U.S. policymakers are looking at education systems abroad for ideas on how to boost achievement here by making lessons more…

Experts: What is rigor?

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