Use data systems to identify individual students at high risk of dropping out.

A critical first step for preventing dropouts is for the school leaders to examine such data as graduation rate, attendance, overage and undercredited students, and students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and to look at these data disaggregated by race and gender. In this way, the school can better understand the scope of the problem.

School leaders and teachers can use data to help prevent students from falling off track and to intervene immediately if students do fall off track. Looking at the data on student absences, grade retention, low academic achievement, and behavior problems can tell a school how many students are at risk of dropping out. If the numbers are very large, the school should consider adopting schoolwide changes and/or targeted programs for individual students who are at the highest risk of dropping out.

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Planning to Use Data: District and State Levels

This planning tool is designed to help state, district, and school education practitioners implement an effective data system for dropout prevention.

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Evaluation Checklist: How Effective Is Our Use of Data?

This assessment tool is designed to help state, district, and school education practitioners evaluate the capacities and applications of their comprehensive data system. Considerations for dropout...

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05/05/2014
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Learning Together: Utilizing Data Systems for Dropout Prevention

This tool is designed to help education practitioners organize a workshop focused on using data systems to improve dropout prevention. With this tool, administrators, district leaders, teachers,...

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05/05/2014
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Intervention Database

This database helps high school staff monitor the effectiveness of student interventions. Listen to the audio interview, Providing Support for Ninth-Grade Students From Day One, to learn more about...

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05/05/2014
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Pathways to Success Tier Recommendations

High school teachers and administrators use this spreadsheet to review and use middle school data on incoming freshmen to assign students to the appropriate level of support. The audio interview,...

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05/05/2014
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What Matters in the Freshman Year for Graduating From High School

Researchers use this PowerPoint presentation to present the Framework for Freshman Year. This framework helps schools understand the data on freshman year indicators and to guide decisions on...

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05/05/2014
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Data Reports to Help Identify and Support Students

The Graduation Pathways department of Chicago Public Schools used this PowerPoint presentation to introduce three data reports to its high schools. The data reports are the Freshman Watch List, the...

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05/05/2014
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Graduation Pathways: Using Freshman Year Indicators

This PowerPoint presentation outlines Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) districtwide effort to prepare all students for postsecondary and employment success. This initiative focuses on building the...

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05/05/2014
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Making the Transition: How Exempli Middle Eighth-Grade Graduates Are Doing in CPS High School

This sample report shows schools the types of data that they can use to determine whether students are on track to graduation. Being on track at the end of the freshman year is predictive of...

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05/05/2014
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Goal-Setting Form

Foxfire Center for Student Success staff noted the steps they planned to take to implement a standards-based grading system and to create a core value report card. With a core value report card,...

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05/05/2014
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Providing Support for Ninth-Grade Students From Day One

Providing Support for Ninth-Grade Students From Day One

Listen to a high school dean of instruction describe how the school uses data to plan for and respond to the needs of incoming freshmen. The school uses spreadsheets such as the Pathways to Success...

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05/05/2014
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Using Data to Determine Appropriate Interventions

Using Data to Determine Appropriate Interventions

The intervention team at Foxfire Center for Student Success uses data to determine which interventions will work best for particular students. During intervention meetings, teachers,...

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05/05/2014
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