Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Chart

The Performance Indicators for NRHS Competencies are classified according to their level of complexity on Webb's Depth of Knowledge Chart.

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) refers to the complexity of thinking skills that a task requires.

DOK is NOT...

...about verbs. The verbs are a valuable guide, but they can sometimes be used at more than one level.
...about "difficulty". All levels of DOK have a place in a rigorous curriculum. 

DOK is...
...about what FOLLOWS the verb. What comes after the verb is more important than the verb itself.
...about the complexity of mental processing that must occur to complete a task.

Many educators are more familiar with Bloom's taxonomy than Webb's levels. Here's a side-by-side comparison: