The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collects a wealth of data from school districts, and is working to provide more useful information and tools back to districts using these data. To that end, the Department worked closely with the national research organization American Institutes for Research (AIR) over the 2011-12 school year on the development of risk models to inform an Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) for grades one through twelve (1-12). The EWIS replaces the former EWII/EWIS that the Department provided to districts for incoming grade 9 students. The purpose of the new Massachusetts EWIS is to provide information to districts on the likelihood their students will reach key academic goals. We are excited to offer this new tool for districts to assist with the identification of students that may need additional supports and interventions!
Early Warning Implementation Guide: Using the Massachusetts Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) and Local Data to Identify, Diagnose, Support, and Monitor Students in Grades 1-12
Guidance on using EWIS data in the context of educator evaluation
Information on the 2013-14 EWIS Data Availability
Technical Descriptions of EWIS Risk Model Development: Early and Late Elementary Age Groupings (Grades 1-6)
Technical Descriptions of EWIS Risk Model Development: Middle and High School Age Groupings (Grades 7-12)