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Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS)

Massachusetts educators do not have to wait for students to fail to know they are at risk.

With the Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), the state provides tools for districts to identify students at risk of not meeting important academic goals spanning first grade through high school graduation and beyond.

Using the EWIS tools alongside local context, educators can explore underlying causes leading to academic risk and develop additional supports to meet the unique strengths and needs of their students.

Hear counselors, school administrators, superintendents, and others describe the value of using EWIS to ensure all students are successful.

ResourcesEarly Warning Starter KitUsing EWIS to Create Student-centered SupportsBuilding an EWIS Community
You are: … new to using Early Warning data or you would like a refresher. … comfortable with EWIS fundamentals.

You want to understand students' needs and meet them with targeted interventions.
… an EWIS fan.

You want to strengthen the use of EWIS at your school or district.
You might be interested in:

Use EWIS with other data tools to understand your school or district more deeply and plan strategic interventions:
Using DESE's College Readiness tools: Short instructional videos for using DESE's data tools to find enrollment, dropout, graduation and college success trends and early warning risks
Analysis of Dropout Data for 2017: Excel workbook for analyzing characteristics of students who have dropped out of school
District Analysis & Review Tools (DART):Tools for exploring district & school performance over time
Using the FAFSA Completion Tool Download Word DocumentGuidance for users of the Edwin Analytics’ reports on student FAFSA completion

Where does EWIS come from?

6 Step Early Warning Implementation Cycle: Step 1- Get Organized; Step 2- Review EWIS Data;  Summer/Beginning of School Year; Step 3- Explore Underlying Causes; Step 4- Take Action Repeat throughout the School Year; Step 5- Monitor Students and Interventions; Step 6- Refine the Process End of School Year/Summer.

'I am surprised that this student is at risk of not being successful in college — and I would like to understand how to use it.'

'If we see that an intervention isn't having an effect, we try something else.'

'These kids were at risk of dropping out — now they're talking about rooming together in college.'

'We're combining EWIS data with data from a survey we administer, to help us better understand our students.'

'We can at least make sure that each High Risk student has an adult who's connecting with them — looking out for them — every day.'

Last Updated: April 25, 2018
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