DESE recently released Early Warning Indicator Index (EWII) data to all districts, as announced in the Nov. 10th Commissioner's Update. The EWII was developed to assist local staff in identifying and supporting 9th grade students who may be at risk of not graduating on time from high school. This project was piloted over the last few years with the Urban Superintendents Network. This is the first year data are being provided to all school districts statewide. Students who were in eighth grade at the end of last year (most of whom are likely to be current 9th graders) are assigned one of five risk levels (Very High Risk, High Risk, Borderline, At Risk, or Low Risk) based on their grade 8 MCAS results, grade 8 attendance rate, age as of September 1, 2010, and number of in- and out-of-school suspensions in the 2009-2010 school year.
The student rosters and other resources are in the district Accountability 2010 Drop Box in the security portal , including:
- A guidance/FAQ document with additional details about the EWII
- Detailed student rosters in Microsoft Excel format
- An additional Excel document containing both a calculator for determining risk levels for students who are not listed on the roster, as well as summary risk level data by district, region, and accountability and assistance level.
District personnel must have the "Accountability - District" security role to access these data.