- Establish an early warning system (EWS) to determine who is at risk of dropping out of school.
Arguably the most important preventative element in addressing dropout prevention is establishing an early warning system (and the use of data) to determine who is at risk of dropping out of school. Indicators made available through an early warning system can help schools target students in need with appropriate interventions.
There are three essential pieces of data that need to be gathered to predict with relative accuracy which students will eventually dropout of school. These include:
- Course Failure
- Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use in Colorado (PDF)
This resource may be used in conjunction with the “District Dashboard” data found at and will support efforts to determine student risk indicators in real time.
- High School and Middle School Early Warning System Tool
This tool will help manage student risk data and assist with notification of students in danger of dropping out.