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1 Teaching with Depth An Understanding of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
2 “He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks, but does not learn is in great danger.”Confucious
3 Factors that Correlate to Student Achievement Rates Parent EducationEconomics (poverty - affluence)Language AcquisitionEthnicityMany Factors Contribute to the Achievement GapThe achievement gap stems from both home- and school-based factors. It exists before students ever cross the school threshold, and this disadvantage can greatly affect their educational progress and success.Students living in poverty tend to be less successful in schoolThe National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a national longitudinal study of children entering kindergarten in It found that students whose mothers had not graduated from high school, whose families received public assistance or were headed by single parents, and/or whose parents’ primary language was not English were disproportionately represented among low performers. All of these factors correlate highly with poverty.Although poverty does not cause low achievement, it does set the conditions for it. Students living in poverty are more likely to be exposed to factors known to affect achievement, such as:Lack of access to proper nutrition, health care, and decent housing; andExposure to substance abuse and high-crime communities.Risk factors have a synergistic effect on school performance—children with one risk factor typically do not fare as well as those with none. Children with two or more of these factors generally lag far behind those with only one.Not to be overlooked are social factors and processes that play an enormous role in determining a child’s later learning and future academic success. High family stress levels, maternal depression, little interaction with the child, and family illiteracy all have a negative impact on a child’s developing capacity to learn.Because African Americans and Latinos in California represent disproportionate numbers of children living in poverty, they are also more likely to begin school at a disadvantage.Cultural factors can also affect student performanceThe cultural background of both students and educators can also play a role in student achievement. First, it is well documented that some educators have lower academic expectations for students of color. This has been a topic of much discussion over the past decades, and attempting to change teachers’ attitudes and practices is at the heart of the standards-based reform movement.Beyond this complex and pervasive problem is another issue—how the values and expectations of students’ backgrounds and communities influence their attitudes about schooling and academic performance.The extent to which culture affects attitude and achievement is a politically sensitive and controversial subject. The variables most consistently correlated with low student achievement are poverty and low parent education level. Yet even among students coming from poor families, some cultural groups generally outperform others in school. And among wealthier students, some groups of students—for example, middle-class African American males—consistently lag behind their white classmates.Researchers differ regarding the causes of these gaps. Temple University professor Laurence Steinberg has found that although Asian students associate negative life consequences with poor school performance, African American and Hispanic students do not. University of California-Berkeley professor John Ogbu argues that community-based “folk theories” contribute to self-defeating behaviors. (An example of a folk theory would be that because of the history of discrimination against African Americans, even those who work hard will never reap the rewards that whites do.) Others theorize that the efforts of even the most supportive parents and communities can be undermined by teens’ need for peer approval.Schools can play a role in narrowing the gapA driving force in education reform for decades has been optimism that schools can help students overcome the disadvantages they bring with them into the classroom. For more than 40 years, researchers have conducted extensive investigations to determine which school factors influence student achievement. However, results of this research point to complex interactions among multiple factors, indicating that the solutions are neither simple nor straightforward.The state and federal movement toward a standards-based approach to school improvement begins with the assumption that all students can meet high academic expectations. Based on that assumption, a fundamental strategy has been to shed light on the achievement gaps that exist between groups of students. Evaluating what combination of educational strategies, resources, capacity-building, and incentives can contribute to better academic performance among low-performing students continues to be a focus for educators and researchers. Meanwhile, policymakers have crafted accountability systems that put increased pressure on the schools and school districts that are currently falling short in helping all their students meet rigorous new achievement goals.National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
4 Efforts to Improve Student Learning Class Size ReductionWhole School ReformRe-vamp Class time(varied bell schedules, year-round schools, block schedules)Innovative CurriculumTraditional Curriculum (Back to Basics)Remediation Programs (Tracking, two-year algebra, etc.)Standards Based Education(Pacing Guides, Benchmark Test, Data Driven, etc.)High-stakes Accountability(Rewards, Sanctions, Differentiated Accountability)Choice (charter schools, magnet schools, etc.)Centralize Leadership and Policies (state or national)Professional Learning Communities
5 So...what is the most significant factor in student learning? ...the teacher
6 Teachers are the Key“Teachers must be the primary driving force behind change. They are best positioned to understand the problems that students face and to generate possible solutions.”James Stigler and James Hiebert,The Teaching Gap
7 Quality Instruction Makes A Difference “Good teaching can make a significant difference in student achievement, equal to one effect size (a standard deviation), which is also equivalent to the affect that demographic classifications can have on achievement.”Paraphrase Dr. Heather Hill, University of Michigan
8 Differences in Instruction “Our research indicates that there is a 15% variability difference in student achievement between teachers within the same schools.”Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean of Education, University of Michigan
9 “What Matters Very Much is Which Classroom?”“If a student is in one of the most effective classrooms he or she will learn in 6 months what those in an average classroom will take a year to learn. And if a student is in one of the least effective classrooms in that school, the same amount of learning take 2 years.”
10 “Effective” Teaching- what the research shows According to: Harry and Rosemary Wong, from: The First Days of Schools- How to be an Effective Teacher”School and Teacher Effectiveness- Impact on Learning- Entering School at 50 PercentileType of School and Teacher Percentile After Two YearsIneffective School/Ineffective Teacher 3rdEffective School and Ineffective Teacher 37thAverage School and Average Teacher 50thIneffective School and Effective Teacher 63rdEffective School and Average Teacher 78thEffective School and Effective Teacher 96th
11 Research has indicated that Research has indicated that... “teacher quality trumps virtually all other influences on student achievement.”(e.g., Darling-Hammond, 1999; Hamre and Pianta,2005; Hanushek, Kain, O'Brien and Rivken, 2005;Wright, Horn and Sanders, 1997)
12 Making Sense & Worthwhile Tasks “What are our Kids really being asked to do?”“How are we keeping up withCognitive Demand?”
13 Cognitive DemandThe kind and level of thinking required of students to successfully engage with and solve a taskWays in which students interact with content
14 Depth of Knowledge (DOK) No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requiresassessments to “measure the depthand breadth of the state academiccontent standards for a given gradelevel”.(U.S. Department of Education, 2003, p. 12)
15 Why Depth of Knowledge?Focuses on complexity of content standards in order to successfully complete an assessment or task. The outcome (product) is the focus of the depth of understanding.
16 Why Use a Depth of Knowledge? Used to determine the level of the expected outcomes of the NGSSSS benchmarksDetermines the complexity of FCAT items (success with items leads to AYP) or upcoming EOC ExamsIt is important to understand that the DOK classification scheme was adopted because it does not require an inference about the skill knowledge, and background of the student, but is based solely on what is being asked cognitively. The Depth of Knowledge classification scheme classifies assessment items or tasks, not students or student work.This classification scheme was developed originally for assessment items. The intention for use was to align learning objectives with assessments. The Depths of knowledge were developed by Norman L. Webb at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the National Institute for Science Education.Florida’s Next Generation Standards were rated for depth of knowledge to help align learning goals with instruction and assessment.
17 Why Depth of Knowledge (DOK)? Mechanism to ensure that the intent of the standard and the level of student demonstration required by that standard matches the assessment items(required under NCLB)To ensure that teachers are teaching to a level that will promote student achievement
18 DOK is NOT... the same as difficulty about using “verbs” a taxonomy (Bloom’s)the same as difficultyabout using “verbs”
19 It’s NOT about the verb...The Depth of Knowledge is NOT determined by the verb (Bloom’s Taxonomy), but by the context in which the verb is used and the depth of thinking required.
20 Verbs are not always used appropriately... Words like explain or analyze have to be considered in context.“Explain to me where you live” does not raise the DOK of a simple rote response.Even if the student has to use addresses or landmarks, the student is doing nothing more than recalling and reciting.
21 DOK is about what follows the verb... What comes after the verb is more important than the verb itself.“Analyze this sentence to decide if the commas have been used correctly” does not meet the criteria for high cognitive processing.”The student who has been taught the rule for using commas is merely using the rule.
22 Same Verb—Three Different DOK Levels DOK 1- Describe three characteristics of a direct democracy. (Recall)DOK 2- Describe the differences between direct democracy and a representative democracy. (Requires cognitive processing to determine the differences in the two types of democracies)DOK 3- Describe a situation when it is appropriate to use a direct democracy and a representative democracy. (Requires deep understanding of democracies and their application to society)Same Verb—Three Different DOK Levels
23 DOK is about intended outcome, not difficulty DOK is a reference to the complexity of mental processing that must occur to answer a question, perform a task, or generate a product.Adding is a mental process.Knowing the rule for adding is the intended outcome that influences the DOK.Once someone learns the “rule” of how to add, is DOK 1 and is also easy.Adding 4,678, ,578,885 is still a DOK 1 but may be more “difficult.”
24 DOK is not about difficulty... Difficulty is a reference to how many students answer a question correctly.“How many of you know the definition of exaggerate?”DOK 1 – recallIf all of you know the definition, this question is an easy question.“How many of you know the definition of prescient?”If most of you do not know the definition, this question is a difficult question.
25 DOK is about complexity The intended student learning outcome determines the DOK level.Every objective can be assigned a difficulty level.Instruction and classroom assessments must reflect the DOK level of the objective or intended learning outcome.
26 What is Depth of Knowledge (DOK)? A scale of cognitive demand (thinking) to align standards with assessmentsBased on the research of Norman Webb, University of Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the National Institute for Science EducationDefines the “ceiling” or highest DOK level for each Core Content standard for the state assessmentGuides item development for state assessments
27 Webb’s Four Levels of Cognitive Complexity Level 1: Recall and ReproductionLevel 2: Skills & ConceptsLevel 3: Strategic ThinkingLevel 4: Extended Thinking
28 DOK Level 1: Recall and Reproduction Requires recall of information, such as a fact, definition, term, or performance of a simple process or procedureAnswering a Level 1 item can involve following a simple, well-known procedure or formula
29 Recall and Reproduction DOK Level 1 Examples: List animals that survive by eating other animalsLocate or recall facts found in textDescribe physical features of placesDetermine the perimeter or area of rectangles given a drawing or labelsIdentify elements of music using music terminologyIdentify basic rules for participating in simple games and activitiesLocate places on a map.Recite a law.
30 Skills/Concepts: DOK Level 2 Includes the engagement of some mental processing beyond recalling or reproducing a responseItems require students to make some decisions as to how to approach the question or problemActions imply more than one mental or cognitive process/step
31 Skills/Concepts: DOK 2 Examples Compare desert and tropical environmentsIdentify and summarize the major events, problems, solutions, conflicts in literary textExplain the cause-effect of historical eventsPredict a logical outcome based on information in a reading selectionExplain how good work habits are important at home, school, and on the jobClassify plane and three dimensional figuresDescribe various styles of music
32 Strategic Thinking: Level 3 Requires deep understanding exhibited through planning, using evidence, and more demanding cognitive reasoningThe cognitive demands are complex and abstractAn assessment item that has more than one possible answer and requires students to justify the response would most likely be a Level 3
33 DOK Level 3: Strategic Thinking Examples: Compare consumer actions and analyze how these actions impact the environmentAnalyze or evaluate the effectiveness of literary elements (e.g., characterization, setting, point of view, conflict and resolution, plot structures)Solve a multiple-step problem and provide support with a mathematical explanation that justifies the answer
34 DOK Level 3 Examples Develop a scientific model for a complex idea Propose and evaluate solutions for an economic problemExplain, generalize or connect ideas, using supporting evidence from a text or sourceCreate a dance that represents the characteristics of a culture
35 Extended Thinking: Level 4 Requires high cognitive demand and is very complexStudents are expected to make connections, relate ideas within the content or among content areas, and select or devise one approach among many alternatives on how the situation can be solvedDue to the complexity of cognitive demand, DOK 4 often requires an extended period of time
36 Extended Thinking: DOK 4 Examples Gather, analyze, organize, and interpret information from multiple (print and non print) sources to draft a reasoned reportAnalyzing author’s craft (e.g., style, bias, literary techniques, point of view)Create an exercise plan applying the “FITT (Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type) Principle”
37 “Extending the length of an activity alone does not necessarily create rigor!” Many on-demand assessment instruments will not include any assessment activities that could be classified as Level 4. However, standards, goals, and objectives can be stated in such a way as to expect students to perform extended thinking. “Develop generalizations of the results obtained and the strategies used and apply them to new problem situations,” is an example of a Grade 8 objective that is a Level 4. The extended time period is not a distinguishing factor if the required work is only repetitive and does not require applying significant conceptual understanding and higher-order thinking.
40 Cognitive Complexity Levels? How Does FCAT useCognitive Complexity Levels?Taken from: FCAT Test Design Summary: July 2008 FLorida Department of Education (http:fcat.fldoe.org/pdf/fc05designsummary.pdf)LowDOK
42 WritingThe FCAT Writing prompt is a high cognitive performance task administered at Grades 4,8, and 10LowDOK
43 Questions to think about... If 10-20% of the questions on FCAT are low Level of Complexity...How much class time would we devote to DOK Level 1 thinking?If 80% of the question on FCAT (and in life) require Moderate to High levels of Complexity....What are we doing to promote these complex levels of higher order thinking?LowDOK
44 Depth of Knowledge and the Florida’s Next Generation Standards available at: Florida’s Next Generation standards were rated in terms of DOK by pulling together a large group that included DOK experts, scientists, science curriculum specialists, teachers, and the Department of Education. This process was facilitated by FCRSTEM and FDOE Office of Math & Science.The result: All of Florida’s Math and Science Next Generation Standards have been assigned a DOK rating. These ratings are available through the Florida Standards Database.
45 Key Points DOK 1 + DOK 1 + DOK 1 = 1 Depths of knowledge classification is based on the task, not the studentDOK is different from task/item difficultyDOK ratings aid in alignment of standards and assessment, and therefore instruction
46 The alignment between tasks, standards, and assessments allows for cognitive complexity with a deeper understanding.Tasks, standards, and assessments are classified in terms of DOK to ensure alignment between these activities and to ensure that a common understanding of these activities is established for the teachers, students, and administrators.These alignments can be used to indicate how well instruction or a test reflects the intended standards.These alignments also help to ensure that standards, instruction, and assessment result in student understanding that goes deeper than “an inch”LowDOK
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