Early Warning Indicators Research

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Research and Reporting Activity

The Diplomas Now study followed a group of Philadelphia public school students from 6th grade to one year beyond on-time graduation and identified four powerful predictors of falling off track to graduation:

  • Low attendance
  • Poor behavior marks
  • Failure in Math 
  • Failure in literacy

The research concluded that a 6th grade student with any of the four indicators has only a 10-20% chance of graduating.


Activity Information

What students and communities are you learning about or reporting on?
What educational elements and reforms are you learning about or reporting on?
What educational resources are you learning about or reporting on?
What education policies and laws are you learning about or reporting on?
How did you or will observe and learn about these things?
Sit in on a classroom
Meet with school officials
What research did you or will you perform on the Internet?
Read what other education organizations are doing
How did you or will you document what you observe and learn?
Write a summary of what you learn.
What were or are the most effective ways to use what you observe and learn?
Give a report to a meeting of your group.
What were or are the potential barriers to performing these actions to observe and learn?
It is hard to get permission from school officials
What were the outcomes of your observations and learning experiences?
You share what you learned with others.

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