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Washington Post: Can ‘early warning systems’ keep children from dropping out of school?

By Megan Hoel June 21, 2016

If you want to know whether a child is on a path toward graduating or dropping out, standardized test scores are not very useful. Far more telling is whether that child comes to school regularly, behaves in class and earns passing grades. 

A growing number of states and school districts have begun closely examining attendance, grades and discipline records for even the youngest students in elementary school, searching for warning flags. Such “early-warning systems” give schools a chance to intervene far before students lose their way.

Whether such efforts can change a child’s trajectory is still an open question, but many educators think early warning systems hold great promise. Emerging evidence suggests that they can be an important force in reshaping how schools identify and serve at-risk students.

Today, The Washington Post discusess Diplomas Now's, which is being used in dozens of schools across the country, newly conducted evaluation and how they are helping middle school students succeed in school. Read the full story here.