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ERIC Number: ED535310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Developing Early Warning Indicators for the San Francisco Unified School District. Youth Data Archive Issue Brief
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
San Francisco's Bridge to Success (BtS) initiative brings together the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and key community organizations to promote postsecondary success for underrepresented students. Partners agree that the first step in achieving this goal is to ensure that more students are graduating from high school in a timely manner. One strategy that can be employed to accomplish this is the development of a set of indicators for an Early Warning System (EWS) that identifies students who are at risk of not graduating as early as eighth or ninth grade in order to provide them with extra supports to help move them back on track. Conversations between SFUSD staff and researchers from the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC) at Stanford University have led to the proposed development of a three-part monitoring system that: (1) Identifies students at the end of the first semester of eighth grade who may benefit from participation in a summer program that helps them transition into high school; (2) Helps high schools identify incoming ninth grade students who might benefit from additional supports; and (3) Monitors students during ninth grade to ensure that they stay on track for high school graduation. This research brief focuses on the development of indicators for the first two parts of the EWS. Analysis identified two eighth grade indicators that were most predictive of high school graduation--GPA (grade point average) and attendance rate--though the final cutoff points selected differed between the first semester of eighth grade and the end of the year. SFUSD and JGC have begun to co-develop a system of indicators for part three to ensure students stay on track during ninth grade. (Contains 7 exhibits and 5 footnotes.) [Additional funding for this paper was provided by the San Francisco's Transitional Age Youth Initiative.]
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Stanford University, 505 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305. Tel: 650-723-3099; Fax: 650-736-7160; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Stanford University, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC)
Identifiers - Location: California