Rubrics and Assessments
In an attempt to help students further develop their agency skills, the overall assessment of the case study project relied upon students producing their products, examining the rubric, and presenting an academic defense of their project. Their defense was based upon the rubric below. The final grades were given based upon common agreement between student and teacher. An example of such a rubric defense can be found here.
In most projects, I highly recommend this strategy. It gives students an opportunity to feel a stronger sense of ownership of their project through the process of knowing they'll have to justify its worth, and it's a really great opportunity to build trust with students!
The rubric below was created from a number of components of the New Tech Network learning outcome rubrics. Our students are familiar with the rubrics, so consistent language in these rubrics allows them to truly understand the target.
With the recent adoption of the Common Core State Standards, teachers are fortunate to support for and assessment of important skills as well as content knowledge in many of the core content areas. When it comes to the development of Agency Skills, and specifically the goals and processes of the projects discussed herein, the Common Core standards have much more to say than the California content standards.