States, districts, and schools use research-based indicators to identify students at-risk of failing to meet key educational milestones such as reading at grade level, on-time graduation, or college readiness and college persistence. By identifying students early, educators can target interventions and supports to help students to achieve readiness and success. From the early stages of planning through evaluating results, AIR works with education leaders to customize and refine early warning systems based on the best available research and evidence.
AIR’s early warning system (EWS) projects connect to research, practice, and partnerships. Select EWS projects that AIR has been a part of include:
- Research. Through the REL Midwest, AIR conducted a randomized control trial on our research-based early warning intervention and monitoring system (EWIMS) implementation process (links to report and infographic). AIR conducted an external evaluation of an early warning system project in middle schools in Pennsylvania.
- Practice. AIR provides technical assistance to many states, schools and districts in implementing early warning systems. For example, through the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, AIR staff customized early warning intervention and monitoring system resources to the state of Michigan, including an implementation guide and supporting videos.
- Partnerships. AIR is partnering with BrightBytes, and education technology firm to inform BrightBytes' early warning system tools (Early Insights Suite). Through this work AIR staff are helping inform the predictive models for determining students’ risk predictions for key educational milestones such as high school graduation, and postsecondary readiness. In addition, AIR staff are supporting BrightBytes clients to make data-informed decisions to support students.
More information about AIR’s early warning system work, including reports, and resources are available for free at our Early Warning Systems website.