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REL Central Lit Review Implementing an EWS to CDE

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Free Early Warning System Software from AIR:

The American Institutes for Reasearch / College and Career Readiness' Early Warning System (EWS) Tool v2.0, a free Microsoft Excel-based program, is a redesigned and enhanced adaptation of the National High School Center’s original Early Warning System Tool v1.0, released in 2008. The EWS Tool v2.0 identifies students who show early warning signs that they are at risk for dropping out of high school and relies on readily available student-level data.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Practice Guide: Dropout Prevention

This is a national practice guide; therefore, it does not have much detail on the first step in implementing their recommendations, however it is very useful for state and district leaders. It provides guidance on potential policy changes that could positively influence graduation and dropout rates as well as increased student engagement. 

Closing the Graduation Gap: A Superintendent’s Guide for Planning Multiple Pathways to Graduation

The guide includes definitions of key ideas and strategies, tools to help superintendents and district staff begin planning, case studies from districts, and information resources.

Advancing the "Colorado Graduates" Agenda, October 2009, Martha Abele Mac Iver, Robert Balfanz, and Vaughan Byrnes (PDF)
Reviews EWS and offers a Prevention Model and steps to addressing the Risk Factors (ABCs).

Using Early-Warning Data to Improve Graduation Rates: Closing Cracks in the Education System, August 2008, Lyndsay Pinkus (PDF)
Reviews EWS and strategic decision making based on data.

Early Warning Indicator Systems, July 2011, Molly Ryan (PDF)
Discusses various EWS systems used by various districts and states.

Identifying Potential Dropouts: Key Lessons for Building an Early Warning Data System, June 2006, Craig D. Jerald (PDF)
Discusses major factors to consider when building an EWS.


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