Rubrics and other measures for Assessing Agency
One of the challenges of trying to promote agency is that it can be difficult to assess. In some ways it's in the "eye of the beholder". For our team, what was essential was reflecting on our practice and assessing whether our actions and language were supporting the development of agency in our students. Then, the students began to see themselves as capable and could self-assess for agentic behaviors. Here are some tools we found helpful:
This table is taken from the publication PYP: From Principles into Practice, a guide for IB Primary Years Program schools. It defines the criteria for teachers to support agency and what to look for from students.
Guy Claxton charts the dispositions students need to become self- directed and helps determine where students are in their growth toward exercising their agency.
The New Tech Network has developed rubrics at various grade levels for assessing agentive growth in students. Here are links to the Grade 2 and Grade 5 rubrics.
Below are some tools for students to use to self-assess their progress in developing agency.