Swift Growth Found for 'Early Warning' Data Systems
But most don't reach at-risk students in sufficient time
While more states and districts are developing "early warning systems" to target students most at risk of dropping out, many of them may still not be reaching students early enough, according to the first national study to look at the data-based identification-and-intervention practice.
A study released last week by Civic Enterprises, a Washington-based policy firm, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found that at least 16 states now produce early-warning systems that flag students who are not "on track" to graduate from high school, while at least 18 others have plans to implement such systems. Only four states so far—Delaware, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Virginia—provide early-warning feedback to educators on a weekly or daily basis. (At least one more state—Louisiana—launched its early-warning system since the study count was taken.)
"A lot of these school districts and states are awash in data," said John M. Bridgeland, the chief executive officer of Civic Enterprises and a co-author of the study. "The big problem has been using that data in a way that's useful to teachers, administrators, and community-based nonprofits to...
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