Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement


By Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver, Matthew J. Perini

Published by ASCD

Rigor, thought, diversity, authenticity: The only four standards that matter

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Drawing from academic research and the collective experience of educators, Teaching What Matters Most offers four guiding standards to help all students meet the challenges of 21st century learning:

  • Rigor: helping students make sense of challenging texts and ideas
  • Thought: helping students become adept users of powerful learning disciplines
  • Diversity: helping students understand themselves and others
  • Authenticity: helping students apply what they learn to the real world

Each standard is supported by school-based examples, research-based teaching strategies, and assessment practices that allow schools and teachers to respond thoughtfully to the diversity of students’ needs.

Finally, a book that helps educators put the standards movement to work instead of the other way around. This book is packed with sound advice and practical ideas for making sense of education standards. This book cuts across grade levels, disciplines, and abilities.

James L. Collins

PhD, State University of New York (Buffalo)

This book is a breath of fresh air, both progressive and traditional in the same breath . . . This book will influence my presentations as well as my thinking.

Bena Kallick

PhD, Educational Consultant and Director of Technology Pathways

Additional information

Weight 0.65 lbs
Dimensions 7.875 × 9.875 in


First Publication Date

August 2001







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