District Guide for Creating Indicators for Early Warning Systems

While research has validated early warning indicators for high school dropout and other educational milestones in many locations, those indicators may vary across contexts. Districts and schools that seek to use an early warning system relying on these indicators are left to determine which indicators to use and to trust that the cut point for those indicators is the same in their communities as they are across the country. This guide from the Regional Educational Laboratory West at WestEd, written by Yibing Li, Jenny Scala, Dean Gerdeman, and David Blumenthal of American Institutes for Research (AIR), provides a step-by-step guide that school districts can take to identify and select their own early warning indicators. Included in the guide is a set of templates to document decisions and organize the analysis to identify and select appropriate early warning indicators for your school or district.

In addition to the guide, the team from REL West and AIR produced this short video describing the guide and how it can be used: