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Early Warning and Response Systems

Early warning systems use readily available data to alert teachers and administrators to students who are on the pathway to dropping out.  A key benefit of early warning systems is that they help educators to know what to look for amid the mountains of data about students.  Early warning systems can be implemented at the middle and high school levels – even as early as 6th grade.  Researchers from the Everyone Graduates Center found that more than 50% of the dropouts in Philadelphia could be identified in eighth grade using just three indicators:

1) failing mathematics in eighth grade,
2) failing English in eighth grade, and
3) attending school less than 80% of the time.

What does it take to develop an early warning system?
An ideal early warning system for a district is developed from that district’s data. At a minimum, creating an early warning system involves:

  • Assembling longitudinal data for individual students on a) graduation status and b) potential predictors of dropout, such as student attendance, behavior, grades, and test scores;
  • Identifying the threshold level of each predictor that gives students a high probability of dropping out; and
  • Checking that the predictors identify a high percentage of the students in that district who drop out of school.

The Everyone Graduates Center provides technical assistance and customized analyses to school districts and states that are interested in developing early warning systems.  Districts with the capacity to analyze their own student data may be able to use the Early Warning Indicator tool developed by the National High School Center.

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