Found this Washington Post-articlevia Larry Ferlazzo, from whom I stole the title as it’s much better than the original title. The original Washtington Post title is a question: Can ‘early warning systems’ keep children from dropping out of school? And the answer is: yes.
From the article:
The research is clear: If you want to know whether a child is on a path toward graduating or dropping out, standardized test scores are not very useful. Far more telling is whether that child comes to school regularly, behaves in class and earns passing grades.
Although do note:
“It’s not a silver-bullet answer,” said Susan Bowles Therriault of the American Institutes for Research, who has worked with many states to build early-warning systems. “It actually ends up being a lot more work in the long run.”
And some advocates worry that early-warning systems could be used inappropriately, such as if…
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