A goal of education is to assist growth toward greater complexity and integration and to assist in the process of self-organization—to modify individuals' capacity to modify themselves.
So, how might we know students are getting better at the Habits of Mind? Part III, Assessing and Reporting on Habits of Mind, provides a framework as well as many strategies for collecting evidence of students' increasing capacities and propensities for the Habits of Mind. The most important persons collecting and reflecting on that evidence are the students themselves. One of the great powers of the Habits of Mind is that they provide many opportunities for students to set goals for themselves, to monitor their own performance, to reflect, to self-evaluate, and to self-modify.