American Institutes for Research (AIR) conducted this study as part of the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative’s initial cycle of research. The team at AIR worked alongside fellow scholars, educators, and policymakers to investigate the impact of specific student-centered practices and then translate their findings for cross-sector audiences.
AIR’s final report, Maximizing Student Agency: Implementation of Student-Centered Learning Approaches, represents their work over the past two years as they designed, tested, and revised teacher practices as part of a networked improvement community and examined how student agency impacted academic outcomes.
- What practices do teachers employ to provide feedback to students on their performance that assist with the development of student agency?
- What contextual factors do teachers view as facilitators of or challenges to implementing these practices?
- How well do student survey questions measure student agency?
- Were the measurement properties of the agency scales consistent over time and across student subgroups?
- Are there significant subgroup differences in measures of student agency?
- How does student agency change during the school year?
- Do changes in student agency during the school year differ between subgroups of students?
- How do teachers use data to inform their practices?
- Teachers participating in a Network Improvement Community reaped concrete and actionable benefits that allowed them to make data-informed changes to their instructional practice — changes that benefited students.
- Networks work. Systems-leaders and funders who provide educators with opportunities to participate in Network Improvement Communities can be confident that the outcomes will drive innovation
In collaboration with four New Tech Network (NTN) high schools, AIR conducted a mixed-methods study to identify the instructional practices that may be useful for the development of different aspects of student agency (e.g., self-efficacy, self-regulated learning, and perseverance). This report provides an overview of the study design, study findings aligned to the research questions, information about communication materials, and reflections of the study team on the implications of the findings.