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ERIC Number: ED521554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Using an Early Warning System to Identify and Support Students at Risk for High School Dropout
National High School Center
The United States high school dropout problem has been called a national crisis, with only 74.9% of public high school students graduating with a diploma in 2008. With states and districts under mounting pressure to raise graduation rates, there is increasing urgency to obtain more accurate and timely data to systematically identify students most likely to drop out of high school so that dropout prevention supports can be offered to get them back on track to graduate. Early warning systems can help educators predict which students may be in danger of dropping out of high school by using indicators based on readily available school-level data (e.g., attendance and course performance). To facilitate the establishment and use of early warning systems across the nation, the National High School Center has developed an" Early Warning System Implementation Guide" and a free downloadable Microsoft Excel-based tool, the "Early Warning System (EWS) Tool v2.0". The EWS Tool v2.0 is based on research on the academic and behavioral predictors of dropout and can be used by schools, districts, and states to identify students who are at risk for dropping out of high school. This brochure details what early warning systems are and how they can be used to identify and support students who are at risk of dropout, and provides a brief overview of the EWS Tool v2.0 and early warning system implementation process. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
National High School Center. American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 800-634-0503; Fax: 202-403-5875; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National High School Center