Around the country, states and school districts are instituting early warning systems to identify students at risk of not graduating from high school or not being prepared for college-level work when they do. Although school districts begin collecting data on children in kindergarten, Education Week reports, often these early warning systems start in high school.
In North Carolina, the Charlotte-Mecklenberg district has an early warning system that begins in elementary school.
“Officials in the 141,000-student district are relying on a ‘risk-factor scorecard’ to help them spot children who are in jeopardy of becoming dropouts and then deploy resources to help them change course,” Ed Week reports. “Using high-tech data analytics to examine grades, attendance, course failures, declines in grade point average, and disciplinary incidents, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s scorecard system, which was put in place during the 2010-11 school year, predicts even after the first few months of kindergarten which students are at risk. District leaders, principals, and classroom teachers are using the information to make decisions about how to deploy resources all across the district. ’This information is very powerful,’ says Scott Muri, the district’s chief information officer. ‘This helps to inform our decision-making process about children, budget processes, and human resources. Decisions at every level can be impacted by this.’”
Here in Massachusetts, (more…)