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The Importance of Setting-Level Data in an Early Warning System

The Importance of Setting-Level Data in an Early Warning System

Identifying students in need of extra support is just one of the benefits of using an early warning system (EWS). As High School Graduation and College Readiness Indicator Systems: What We Know, What We Need to Know makes clear, an EWS should also “systematically focus, guide, and assess school improvement” and “hold schools accountable for … Continue reading The Importance of Setting-Level Data in an Early Warning System

Student-Level Data in an Early Warning System: Less is More

Student-Level Data in an Early Warning System: Less is More

In the last post, we discussed the importance of using just a few proven early warning indicators (EWI) to avoid overwhelming teachers, administrators, parents, and students with unnecessary data points. We learned that attendance, behavior, and course performance are far and away the best indicators of student outcomes, and that these “ABCs” should form the … Continue reading Student-Level Data in an Early Warning System: Less is More

Developing a Data Strategy for Early Warning Indicators

Developing a Data Strategy for Early Warning Indicators

In my previous post, I discussed the ways in which early warning indicators (EWI) and early warning systems (EWS) are designed to advance an equity agenda. By identifying at-risk students early and providing them with additional supports to help them reach their highest potential, these tools enable more students to experience the rewards of steady … Continue reading Developing a Data Strategy for Early Warning Indicators

Why Every School District Needs an Early Warning System

Why Every School District Needs an Early Warning System

In the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring the topic of early warning systems and its importance in the school system. This first post tackles the ways in which these tools are designed to advance an equity-based agenda. Guadalupe Guerrero, superintendent of Portland Public Schools (PPS)—the largest and most diverse school district in the State of … Continue reading Why Every School District Needs an Early Warning System

Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

The path to improved literacy requires data-literate educators. Literacy is the cornerstone of education, and a key to thriving in adulthood. True literacy means not just knowing how to decode printed language, but also being able to write, speak, and communicate across a wide range of media. Students who achieve high levels of literacy experience … Continue reading Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

Chipping Away at Colorado’s Achievement Gap

Chipping Away at Colorado’s Achievement Gap

  Closing the achievement gap is no simple task, but educators in Colorado are making progress. According to the Denver Business Journal, the state’s high school graduation rate is up again,  reaching its highest level since 2010. At 79%, Colorado’s current graduation rate is just under the national average of 84%, which has also been … Continue reading Chipping Away at Colorado’s Achievement Gap

TLC for Your PLC: 4 Best Practices

TLC for Your PLC: 4 Best Practices

Colorado’s new high school graduation requirements, and more diverse demographics, mean that PLCs have to be more effective than ever. While the term professional learning community (PLC) has been around since the 1960s, the concept’s tipping point arguably occurred in 1998 with the publication of Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student … Continue reading TLC for Your PLC: 4 Best Practices

Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School

Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School

Since 2014, the climate of each public school in Georgia has been rated annually on a scale of 1-5. School climate, according to the National School Climate Center, refers to a school’s “quality and character,” based on the “patterns of students, parents, and school personnel’s experiences of school life.” Factors that affect a school’s climate include its values … Continue reading Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School