EWS 2.0 EARLY WARNING &
ON-TRACK SYSTEM RESOURCES
EWS 2.0: Keeping All Students on Track to High School Graduation and Post-Secondary Success
Below please find a curated selection of practical guidance and training materials on how to implement early warning and on-track systems to enable greater high school graduation and postsecondary success outcomes for all students.
These materials were developed by districts and state departments of education who have implemented early warning and on-track systems, as well as leading non-profit organizations that have supported schools, districts, and states in this work.
The materials are organized by topic, including How to Guidebooks for School and Districts, Extending Early Warning and On-Track Systems to Post-Secondary Success, Staff Training Materials, District and State Guidance for Building Early Warning and On-Track Data systems, and How EWS and On-Track Systems Fit with other student support and school improvement initiatives. There are also sections on EWS and on-track Systems at work at the state, district, and school level, the research foundation for this work, and insights and intervention strategies.
WHAT ARE EARLY WARNING &
Why implement an early warning or on-track system?
Early warning and on-track systems enable educators to progress monitor all students with reliable predictive indicators, pool their knowledge to promote student success, act strategically, and respond rapidly and effectively when students signal they need additional supports. They also fuel analysis of ways schools and classrooms are working (or not working) for student subgroups, so that school leaders, staff, and teachers can develop effective plans of action, not only for individual students, but also at small group, classroom, grade, and schoolwide levels.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation
The Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
A 30-minute video narrated by Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center
Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
GUIDEBOOKS & TOOL KITS
How-to guidebooks for schools and districts
A selection of how-to guidebooks and toolkits which provide detailed guidance for schools, districts, and states on how to launch and operate early warning and on-track system, from organizations, state departments of education, and district offices that have long experience supporting EWS and on-track system implementation.
IES National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
National High School Center at American Institutes for Research
Pathways to Adult Success Resources
Workgroup recommmendations of best practices for the core components of early warning systems to help prepare young people for successful adult lives
Curated guidance for getting started—or moving forward—in developing effective early warning systems and enabling teams of school adults to carry them out successfully.
EXTENDING EWS & ON-TRACK SYSTEMS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS
Early warning systems have been in widespread use during the past decade to help more students successfully graduate high school. In recent years, however, educators have extended and adapted the early warning indicator categories to help ensure more students not only graduate, but transition successfully to higher education and other postsecondary pathways leading to fulfilling, family-supporting careers. This section provides guidance on adapting EWS systems to attain this longer-term goal.
College, Career, and Life Readiness: A Look at High School Indicators of Postsecondary Outcomes in Boston
Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
Matthew J. Welch, Aseel Abulhab, Susan Bowles Therriault, American Institute for Research
Pathways to Adult Success, Everyone Graduates Center
Practical training for schools and districts
A selection of practical training tools for schools and districts, including four self-paced learning modules for school teams, two self-paced video training series for school teams with trainer guides, and series of topic-based digital presentations with learning activities.
Four-Part Self-Paced EWS Training Modules
Developed by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, these modules include activities for school teams to engage in collaborative learning.
Video Training Series #1
This series was developed by the Everyone Graduates Center for New Mexico schools, but could be used by any district or state.
Video Training Series #2
A series of training videos produced by the AIR (American Institutes of Research) for Michigan schools, but could be used by any district or state.
EWS Training Series
A three-part series produced by Talent Development Secondary for school and teacher teams.
BUILDING EARLY WARNING & ON-TRACK DATA SYSTEMS
Guidance for systems at the district and state level
Jared E. Knowles, Journal of Educational Data Mining
Jobs for the Future & U.S. Department of Education
National Center for Education Statistics
HOW EWS & ON-TRACK SYSTEMS FIT
WITH CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT, MTSS AND RTI, EQUITY AND ASSET-BASED APPROACHES
A variety of tools, systems, and approaches have been developed to help schools better serve their students. How do early warning systems complement and enhance the programs already in place? And how can coordinating these approaches facilitate staff and teacher efforts to support students?
EARLY WARNING & ON-TRACK SYSTEMS IN USE:
STATE, DISTRICT, & SCHOOL LEVELS
Websites that provide real time examples of effective adoption, support, and implementation of early warning systems at the state, district, and local school levels.
Rolling out early warning systems at the state level is a major undertaking, but, when done well, can ease the burden on LEAs and prove more effective, for more students, than relying on a piecemeal approach. These are examples of states that have led the way.
District-level guidance on early warning system implementation from LEAs in diverse circumstances and localities.
Individual schools’ experience and guidance on adapting early warning systems to their particular local needs and circumstances.
Videos on Early Warning & On-Track Systems
Inspiration and guidance on how and why to use early warning systems
to improve student success at the school and district levels.
RESEARCH ON EARLY WARNING & ON-TRACK SYSTEMS
What does the data say? For the past fifteen years, research studies have validated the importance of early warning systems and highlighted best practices for effective implementation.
Elaine M. Allensworth and Kallie Clark
Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes
Misty Terrell, National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
National High School Center
REL Midwest at American Institutes for Research
Preventing Student Disengagement and Keeping Students on the Graduation Path in Urban Middle-Grades Schools
Robert Balfanz, Liza Herzog, Douglas J. Mac Iver
Re-Envisioning the Purpose of Early Warning Systems: Shifting the Mindset from Student Identification to Meaningful Prediction and Intervention
Brian M. McMahon and Sabrina F. Semiante, Review of Education
BEHAVIOR / SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
City Year and Everyone Graduates Center