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Funding Early Warning Systems in High Schools

Districts across the country are implementing a growing practice called Early Warning Systems (EWS) that can help identify high school students who need additional support toward graduation. Researchers found that “ABCs” (absenteeism, behavior referrals, and course failure) are highly predictive early warning indicators of students dropping out.

Our downloadable guide explains how school district leaders can improve student outcomes by strategically investing ESSER funds into Early Warning Systems to address these ABCs.




What Are Early Warning Systems in Education?

Schools that implement Early Warning Systems follow a methodical process that uses local, historical student data and research-based early warning indicators to accurately identify students who are in danger of not achieving key educational milestones, such as on-time graduation. Students are then matched with appropriate interventions, and leaders monitor their progress and adapt support over time.

What Are the Benefits of Implementing Early Warning Systems?

Early Warning Systems help district leaders direct scarce resources where they're needed most by leveraging methodological processes, promoting up-to-date data gathering and analysis, and focusing intervention efforts.

How to Spend ESSER Funds to Support Early Warning Systems

Federal stimulus funds provide an opportunity to address students’ current needs and build toward lasting improvement.

To plan ESSER investments with long-term sustainability in mind:

  • Size the full cost of implementing strategies over time.

  • Plan out how spending will shift to sustain critical investments over time.

  • Invest in building bridges to new ways of organizing.

  • Define success, measure, and adjust.


Download Our Guide on Early Warning Systems to:

  • Better understand Early Warning Systems and their research-backed benefits.

  • Explore how to invest sustainably in Early Warning Systems.

  • Discover how to effectively target your ESSER dollars to improve student outcomes.

  • Learn how to schedule and staff to meet the scale of your student need.




Additional Tools and Resources on Early Warning Systems


Video: Targeted Intervention at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School 

Learn how one Boston high school catches students up and puts them on track for college and career through a flexible schedule that allows space for intervention. 

Guide: ESSER Funding for Targeted Academic Supports 

Targeted academic supports are just one of many strategies that support Early Warning Systems. Check out our ESSER guide on using dollars to help students through early intervention to learn more about this approach.  

Early Warning Systems Calculator 

Want to implement Early Warning Systems? Explore our Early Warning Systems Cost Calculator to organize and calculate how to best allocate resources.  



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