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A Practitioner’s Guide To Implementing Early Warning Systems


January 2015


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Every 26 seconds a teenager drops out of school in the United States. To stem the tide, many districts and organizations are turning to early warning systems (EWS) that signal whether a student is at risk of not graduating from high school. While some research exists about establishing these systems and creating indicators, there is less information about actual implementation strategies.

This REL Northwest publication helps fill this gap by summarizing the experience and recommendations of EWS users throughout the United States. The guide covers how to establish and train a team to use the EWS; identify accurate indicators; develop usable indicator reports; map interventions in response to student needs; and evaluate student progress.

View, download, and print the guide as a PDF file via the IES website.