The READY Accountability Model from NCDPI - What is it?
Teachers help students get College & Career READY!
Teachers help students get College & Career READY!

Common Core State Standards PLUS the Essential Standards IS THE new Standard Course of Study for NC.

READY isn't an an acronym for anything; it simply means we are getting kids READY to move on to COLLEGE or a CAREER

The new Standard Course of Study for NC (common core plus essential standards) and the assessments EOG/EOC/MSL/Common Exams are based on Revised Blooms Taxonomy

Students will be assessed using the format of the Next Generation Assessments.

For your students to be successful, you need to have a clear understanding of how to use RBT strategies in your classroom!

The New Essential Standards and assessments are written using the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy (RBT) under the guidance of one of the authors of the revision, Lorin Anderson. Dr. Lorin Anderson was a student of Dr. Bloom. North Carolina has chosen RBT to help move to the complex thinking expected from 21st Century graduates. The RBT was chosen because it has well-defined verbs and is built on modern cognitive research. (See the Dimensions Table & the Interactive Dimensions link below!)

The RBT categorizes both the cognitive process and the knowledge dimension of the standard.

Cognitive Process:

The cognitive process refers to the verb used in the standard. This [[/docs/acre/standards/verb-chart.pdf|chart]] (pdf, 76kb) shows the verbs used in the RBT. The RBT has specific definitions for all the verbs used in the taxonomy. For example:
  • Explaining requires constructing a cause-and-effect model of a system (e.g. explain the recent downturn in the global economy)
  • Inferring requires drawing a logical conclusion from presented information (e.g. In learning a foreign language, infer grammatical principles from examples)
A common understanding of those verbs will be at the backbone of professional development around the new standards.

Knowledge Dimension:

The knowledge dimension is a way to categorize the type of knowledge to be learned. For instance, in the standard "The student will understand the concept of equality as it applies to solving problems with unknown quantities", the knowledge to be learned is "the concept of equality as it applies to solving problems with unknown quantities."
Knowledge in the RBT falls into four categories:
  • Factual Knowledge
  • Conceptual Knowledge
  • Procedural Knowledge
  • Meta-Cognitive Knowledge

(taken from NCDPI -

No More Pyramids. New image for Bloom's?

I was recently reflecting on the triangular shape the Bloom's taxonomies utilize. Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes up and down the categories as they create new knowledge, I was thinking another type of image might be more explanatory. Here is my draft of the idea of the "interlocking of the cognitive processes" or the "Cogs of Cognition". Kathy Schrock


Understanding Revised Bloom's Taxonomy - pp. 18-28 of presentation

RBT - Knowledge & Cognitive Process Dimensions Table

Interactive Dimensions Table
RBT-Iowa State Model.JPG

NCDPI RBT Resources

Bloom's Bakery - This video can help you start writing questions and developing products that meet the standards of RBT

(Don't like the pyramid format, but the content is good!)

Question Stems

Kathy Schrock's Apps that Support RBT Classroom Activities
  • Each of the images has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Google, Android, and Web 2.0 applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.

**Larry Ferlazzo's Best Websites for Helping Teachers Use Bloom's**