How are districts using next-generation early warning systems?

5 Ways School Districts Use Early Warning Indicators

The ways that educators use early warning indicators to support students have evolved over the last few decades.

While early warning systems were originally developed using the "ABCs" of student data—attendance, behavior, and coursework—the early warning system of today has expanded to include new indicators, like assessment results and social-emotional learning (SEL) data.  

In this guide, you'll learn how schools and districts are taking students from "at risk" to "on track" using essential indicators about student success. The guide includes strategies for using early warning indicators to address key district challenges, plus a collection of district spotlights including: 

  • How Chicago Public Schools (IL) created "on track" indicators for ninth graders to boost course completion and on-time graduation
  • How Tacoma Public Schools (WA) addressed chronic absenteeism by developing an early warning system with "hot lists" of absent students
  • How Washoe County School District (NV) identifies students at risk of dropping out by considering social-emotional learning data alongside other risk factors