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Step 1: Identify Need


LE​As and schools should convene a broad range of stakeholders that are interested in and have the capacity to impact change. Stakeholders must conduct a thorough data analysis from all relevant sources, including district wide Early Warning System (EWS) data, to identify the students most at-risk for dropping out of school and not graduating.

The first step in impacting change is to bring a group of internal and external stakeholders together to examine all relevant data to identify strengths, opportunities, and next steps. Click each image to access resource, presentation or full document.

Recommended Stakeholders                             Roles and Responsibilities of District and School Team
Essential Components of an                                 NCSI Non-Negotiables
Efficient and Effective Meeting

Student Success District Meeting                       Student Success School Team
Agenda Example                                                   Meeting Agenda Example                           

A Step-by-Step Guide Strategies, Tools and Resources Leading Effective Stakeholder
Teams in the Work to Increase Student Graduation Rates and Career Readiness 


Authentic Stakeholder Engagement Online Training - Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership


A thorough data analysis of all relevant data must be examined to understand the most pressing needs of students, schools, and educators, as well as to determine the root causes of each of the needs relevant to student engagement, achievement, and behavioral/social emotional concerns. 

Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Georgia Department of Education, School Improvement, Federal Programs, LEA Consolidated Application

IDEA Data Center (IDC) Guidance on Indicator 1 and 2 Changes 2021

LEA Data Processes Toolkit | IDC - IDEA Data Center (IDC)

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

Submit a Request for Data from GaDOE

GOSA Schools Like Mine - Tools to Compare Schools with Similar Demographics

Graduation Rate (Indicator 1) and Dropout Rate (Indicator 2) Calculator | IDC - IDEA Data Center (2021) 

IDEA FY23 Guiding Questions for CLIP       ​ Links to Publicly Reported Data​
Performance Dashboards for Education

Identify students at-risk through an early warning system (EWS) . The need for Early Warning Systems grew from the evidence that student disengagement from school is a gradual process and students demonstrate particular indicators that they are on the path to dropping out. As a result, data can be used to identify trends among students, allowing educators to intervene early in a student’s life, thereby preventing them from leaving the education system without graduating.


American Institute for Research (AIR): Can Early Warning Systems prevent Students from Dropping out of High School?

A Practitioner's Guide to Implementing       Early Warning Systems Summary Series
Early Warning Systems


Early Warning Data System - Texas Comprehensive Center at American                     
Institute of Research (AIR) Free Resource - Registration Required

Early Warning System Thresholds                  Early Warning System: Screening Time Frame


Early Warning System Fidelity Checklist


Districts Discuss the Benefits of Implementing an Early Warning System (Video)

Data Visualizations for Early Warning Systems (Video)


Decatur County Individual Student ABC Monitoring Form 


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