Many schools in the US now use early warning systems to help them identify students at risk of dropping out. Staff then intervene and monitor these at-risk students to try to keep them on course to graduation.
A new guide from the Institute of Education Sciences and REL Northwest reviews studies of these early warning systems. It summarises what is known about promising practices of early dropout warning systems and how schools can apply these research results. The results of several studies are discussed regarding:
• Creating and training an early warning intervention team;
• Establishing warning indicators that a student is off track;
• Designing reports and applying report data;
• Intervening appropriately with individual students; and
• Assessing the intervention’s effectiveness and student progress.
Source: A Practitioner’s Guide To Implementing Early Warning Systems (2015), Institute of Education Sciences.