The District and admin don't know what it is, cannot recognize it, and do not know how to implement it. It is not teaching up a grade level or requiring "touted" software programs without prior instruction. It is delving deeply into material and spending as much time as is needed to explore, analyze, and ponder. It takes time, patience, and discipline to provide rigor. It requires spiraling between the fundamentals and the esoteric. This can take weeks.
It is not evidenced by "exit tickets." Rather, it is evidenced when student walk out of a classroom with more questions than answers. It is magical when accomplished. For a teacher to really teach with "rigor" requires the student and the admin to trust the teacher because it cannot be observed by a quickie walk-through. Little trust exists in this environment, as is reflected by the mandated curriculum that focuses on software programs (meant to be supplements), as well as district mandates of identical and uniform presentation and implementation of their curriculum. Our school-based administrators' jobs are in constant jeopardy, so it is difficult for them to buck downtown to prevent this fiasco. Regardless, we will be blamed for the District's impeding failure.
I don't know about you but that seemed pretty perfect to me.