ERIC Number: ED557733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Reference Count: 14
Just the Right Mix: Identifying Potential Dropouts in Montgomery County Public Schools Using an Early Warning Indicators Approach
West, Thomas C.
Montgomery County Public Schools
Each school year, roughly a thousand students drop out of Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools (MCPS). However, unlike other large, urban school districts where students who drop out skip school and are suspended often (Balfanz & Byrnes, 2010), students who drop out of MCPS are present in school; they just are not doing well academically. Fortunately, students who drop out of school exhibit a pattern of behaviors that are generally identifiable in advance of them dropping out of school completely, and these behaviors are referred to as Early Warning Indicators (EWIs). Because EWIs are signs of students disengaging from school, they provide MCPS with the opportunity to not only intervene with potential dropouts, but to also provide supports to students who are struggling with school that may not eventually drop out. By applying the Early Warning Indicators (EWIs) approach to Montgomery County Public Schools' student data, this report identifies the attendance, behavior, and coursework indicators of MCPS dropouts, along with recommendations. The report includes an appendix of additional tables.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Potential Dropouts, Attendance, Student Behavior, Academic Failure, Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 6, Grade 9, Dropouts, High School Students, Regression (Statistics), Counties
Montgomery County Public Schools. 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Tel: 301-309-6277; Web site: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Office of Shared Accountability
Identifiers - Location: Maryland