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Support Materials for CCA Version 4.0—Reading

Draft – February 2006

Depth of Knowledge as a “Ceiling”

Core Content statements are identified with a Depth of Knowledge level.  This level represents the highest level (ceiling) that items will be designed for the Kentucky Core Content Test.  It is important to note, however, that items will also be developed below the ceiling level.  For example, if a core content statement requires students to “evaluate the use of literary devices,” it could be developed below the ceiling as “identify examples of similes.”

Table 2 provides examples of Reading Content Standards Across 4 Levels.  It shows four core content statements around the same idea—using information.

Recall and Reproduction DOK 1

Skills and Concepts/Basic Reasoning

DOK 2

Strategic Thinking/ Complex Reasoning

DOK 3

Extended Thinking/Reasoning

DOK 4

Students will locate key ideas or information in a passage.

Students will identify information in a passage that is supported by fact.

Students will use evidence from a passage to formulate opinions in response to a reading passage.

Students will analyze the ways in which similar themes or ideas are developed in more than one text.

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