ERIC Number: ED337308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
A Computerized Risk Index Screening Program for At-Risk Students.
Stowitschek, Joseph J.; And Others
This paper describes a data-based screening tool for identifying at-risk students. It is intended to complement referral and other qualitative means of identification. The Computerized Risk Index Screening Program (CRISP) is an application of a commonly available data management program that: (1) provides a school-based screening system; (2) can be tailored to local needs and characteristics; (3) is capable of reliably and unobtrusively "flagging" at-risk students; and (4) could be used by school office staff. In setting up CRISP, the user must identify risk factors to be tracked, determine the criterion or cut-off point for each risk factor, and set a value or weight on each risk factor relative to the other factors. High absence rate, low grades, and poor conduct are included as standard risk factors, but any factor for which data are quantifiable and readily accessible to the school may be added. The computer program: (1) produces an index score for each student listed; (2) calculates totals and averages for each risk factor; (3) allows the user to sort (rank order) the data by risk factor; (4) can provide a variety of statistical calculations; and (5) can provide several types of printed reports. Field testing of CRISP is under way. In a preliminary tryout, CRISP selected 15 of 16 students previously identified by teachers as being at risk in a class of 34 kindergartners. A sample screening and tracking worksheet is included. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).