Collecting the right data and indicators alone will not ensure that students are on-track to graduate college and career-ready. Implementing an early warning system requires reviewing and interpreting the early warning system data to identify students who are at risk, assigning and providing interventions and supports, and monitoring student progress. The following resources provide guidance and tools on implementing an early warning system.
Getting Students on Track for Graduation: Impacts of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System After One Year
Researchers conducted a rigorous evaluation of the implementation of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System (EWIMS) at 73 high schools over 3 years. The evaluation results found that schools that implemented EWIMS showed positive impacts for reducing attendance and course failures for at-risk students within the first year of implementation. This study is among the very first to demonstrate that early warning indicators can be used within the first year to reduce the number of students at-risk of high school dropout.
Webinar: The State Role in Early Warning Data Systems
States can play a critical role in advancing the development and use of early warning systems (EWS). This webinar provided an overview of EWS development and implementation across the U.S. and provided guidance for states to effectively support the use of EWS in schools.
Early Warning System High School Implementation Guide
Designed to build the capacity of school- and district-level practitioners, this guide and tools support the establishment and implementation of an early warning system for identifying and monitoring students who are at risk of dropping out of high school.
Early Warning System Middle Grades Implementation Guide
Designed to build the capacity of school- and district-level practitioners, this guide supports the development and implementation of an early warning system for identifying and monitoring students who are at risk of dropping out of the middle grades.