Understanding Tiered Objectives

Planning instruction for all learners.

What is tiering?

Tiering involves considering the readiness of students to address a curricular standard or learning objective and adapt it to the readiness of different groups of learners. Tiering can also be applied to learning activities, homework, and assessments.

How to approach tiering objectives.

As you plan, consider the three groups of learners, those who are ready, those not yet ready, and those who are ready to go beyond. For those learners who are ready, the curricular objective is generally appropriate. For learners who are not yet ready, identify a level of proficiency or a skill or level of knowledge that is aligned with the curricular objective that is a challenge and achievable for this group of students that will move them towards the curricular objective. For those ready to go beyond, bump up the level of cognitive rigor (Blooms Taxonomy or Webb's DOK) in a way that extends or expands the objective. This often involves a deeper level or critical thinking, analysis, or creative expression. For more information on the benefits of tiering and how to using tiering to differentiate, click here.