From Accountability to Prevention: Early Warning Systems Put Data to Work for Struggling Students

This issue paper from the Early Warning Systems in Education team at American Institutes for Research includes lessons learned from more than seven years of working with individual schools, school districts, and state education agencies as they design, develop, implement, and refine early warning systems. The paper authors were Mindee O’Cummings and Susan Therriault. The paper provides practical lessons for educators at all levels and backgrounds – whether considering starting a statewide EWS for the first time or revisiting the structure of practices at a school that has been implementing an EWS process for many years, valuable insights and considerations can be found. Lessons are grouped by levels that include schools, districts, and states.