The AIW framework establishes the three criteria of authenticity: Construction of Knowledge, Disciplined Inquiry, and Value Beyond School. Diverse research studies over 20 years have demonstrated that when all three criteria are present at high levels, they contribute to improved student learning. Each criteria is elaborated within the AIW rubrics.
Around the periphery of the image above, you'll see the 3 types of instructional artifacts that teachers score and discuss within AIW team meetings. Teachers choose the type of artifact that they bring to their AIW team, and these artifacts vary in purpose and scope. For example, one teacher might ask her team to score and end-of-unit summative assessment, whereas another teacher might bring a videotaped example of a small group, student-led discussion.
The AIW Scoring Guide utilizes this framework, explaining the framework in greater detail and offering rubrics to guide the work of implementing AIW across grades and subject areas. Teachers use this scoring guide during AIW team meetings in order to analyze artifacts and facilitate their conversations.
Click here to see a detailed table of AIW criteria, artifacts and artifact-specific standards.