EWIS data for the 2021-2022 School year became available August 24, 2021. Despite 2020-21 School Year being atypical, students will be assigned a risk level of High, Moderate or Low. We have made some adjustments to our EWIS calculations to reflect the impacts COVID-19.
Reminder: Only districts who have certified SSDR and/or SCS data will have EWIS risk levels. And districts must claim students to see them in EWIS reports.
Student level and Aggregate EWIS reports will be available in Edwin. The Edwin platform did change over the summer (See Using Edwin for tips ). Student level reports require an "Administrator" security role to be designated by your local Edwin Analytics contact. It is highly suggested that school counselors, and school and district administrators be designated with this role to fully engage with the information available.
Please refer to Understanding the 2022 EWIS Student Level Files for more information.
Massachusetts educators do not have to wait for students to fail to know they are at risk. They can step in sooner with EWIS.
With the Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), the state provides tools for districts to identify students who are at risk of not meeting important academic goals to help students get back on track. This comprehensive system spans 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.
EWIS Milestones Data
Using Postsecondary EWIS
Using the high school graduation EWIS
Using EWIS in Early Elementary Grades
Early Warning Implementation Cycle Tutorial
Step 3:Using DESE's Early Warning Implementation Cycle to Explore Underlying Causes of Risk
Step 5:Monitoring Student Risk throughout the School Year
Early Warning Implementation Guide
Appendix A (November 2017)
Postsecondary Risks, Appendix D (September 2017)
What it is & what it isn't
Why use EWIS?
Massachusetts EWIS Ensures All Students Reach Goals
Using the Early Warning Implementation Cycle in High Schools
Using the K12 EWIS Reports in Edwin
Using EWIS in the context of Educator Evaluation
To understand the context of your district or school even better, use EWIS alongside several tools and short instructional videos.
Development of the Massachusetts EWIS
EWIS Risk Model Development, Grades 1–6
EWIS Risk Model Development, Grades 7–12
'We identified two areas to begin the work in: math and attendance.'
'If we see that an intervention isn't having an effect, we try something else.'
'First quarter failures are down from last year by quite a bit.'
'These kids were at risk of dropping out — now they're talking about rooming together in college.'
'We used EWIS risk to narrow in on 30 students and understand attendance more deeply.'
'We're assigning success mentors, related to students' tardies and attendance.'
'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.'
If you need an alternate version of this material, please contact Jennifer.Appleyard@doe.mass.edu.
Last Updated: October 22, 2021
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