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Pennsylvania Department of Education

This page is a resource for the Pennsylvania Department of Education and participating schools who are working to implement Early Warning Systems within their school or district.  This page has some national resources at the top and then is divided by Professional Development module.  Click on the module below to be taken directly to resources.

  1. EWS Overview, Background Research
  2. Tiered Intervention 101
  3. EWI Meetings, Setup, Practice
  4. Root Cause for & Strategic Levels of Intervention
  5. Summing Up and Next Steps


From the Everyone Graduates Center

The Everyone Graduates Center is a unit of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Learn more about the Everyone Graduates Center here.

Grad Nation

For more information about Building a Grad Nation and the Civic Marshall Plan, click here.

Reports, Presentations, and Publications


From the Chicago Consortium of School Research

UChicago CCSR is a unit of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. Learn more about the Chicago Consortium of School Research here.


From the Institute of Education Sciences

The mission of IES is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly. By identifying what works, what doesn’t, and why, IES aims to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of failure. The research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, by law activities must be free of partisan political influence. Learn more here.


From the College&Career Readiness Center

The Center’s mission is to help states and other CCRS stakeholders better inform, align, and support efforts to ensure that all students are ready for success in college and careers. Learn more about the CCRS Center at AIR here.


PD Module #1 – EWS Overview, Background Research

Tools, resources, implementation guides


  • Data Quality Campaign (DQC)  Launched in 2005 by 10 founding partners, DQC leads a partnership of nearly 100 organizations committed to realizing the vision of an education system in which all stakeholders—from parents to policymakers—are empowered with high-quality data from the early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce systems to make decisions that ensure every student graduates high school prepared for success in college and the workplace. To achieve this vision, DQC supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote the effective use of data to improve student achievement.
  • Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success starting with school entry. Our goal is to ensure that every district in the country not only tracks chronic absence data beginning in kindergarten or ideally earlier, but also partners with families and community agencies to intervene when attendance is a problem for children or particular schools.
  • College Readiness Indicator System (CRIS): a joint effort of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR)and the John W. Gardner Center (JGC) at Stanford University, and is generously funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We are working with five sites to help develop, expand and modify current college readiness indicator systems that identify and support young people to be college ready.

Research Studies

PD Module #2 – Tiered Intervention 101

Tools, resources, implementation guides


  • The National Center for School Engagement was established based on over a decade of educational research conducted by Colorado Foundation for Families and Children. NCSE has generated many resources about school attendance, attachment, and achievement . NCSE provides training and technical assistance, research and evaluation to school districts, law enforcement agencies, courts, as well as state and federal agencies — to name a few.
  • Gallup Student Poll: A landmark new measure that captures the youth voice, a critical but too often missing part of the national dialogue surrounding student performance and success. The Gallup Student Poll tracks the hope, engagement, and wellbeing of students in grades 5 through 12 across the United States.
  • 5 Essentials: The 5E system reliably measures changes in school organization through its survey, predicts school success through scoring, and provides individualized actionable reports to schools, districts, parents, and community partners, and training to school leadership and teachers.

Research Studies

PD Module #3 – EWI meetings, setup, practice

Tools, resources, implementation guides

Research Studies

PD Module #4 – Root cause for & strategic levels of intervention

Tools, resources, implementation guides

Research Studies


PD Module #5 – Summing Up and Next Steps

Tools, resources, implementation guides