Increasing Graduation Rates and Decreasing Dropout Rates

Data Tools to Increase Graduation Rates

  • June 30th, 2017
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The documents shown below may be downloaded and used for your students/LEA.

Document #1 – SSIP Implementation Framework
The SSIP Implementation Framework was developed by the National Dropout Prevention Center for Student with Disabilities (NDPC-SD). That organization is now part of the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). The framework includes the five following phases:

SSIP Implementation Framework

Phase I Develop Local Leadership Teams
Phase II Analyze Data (Early Warning System)
Phase III Identify Areas of Intervention (based on specific needs of students with disabilities at-risk)
Phase IV Develop Improvement Plans
Phase V Implement, Monitor, and Evaluate

An Excel document was created for local leadership teams to document data and progress in each of the five phases. By downloading the provided SSIP Implementation Framework, one can click on each tab on the Excel document and document data and progress in each of the five phases. In addition, a tab has been included to document demographic information and a sample action plan is included in a separate tab. Please note that Phase V is in progress at this time; therefore, that tab is incomplete.

Document #2 – Early Warning System Metrics
The Early Warning System (EWS) metrics are based on the metrics used by Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for the Educator Dashboard Early Warning System. The data-based factors that identify student who are off-track for graduation and metric benchmarks stem from Dr. Robert Balfanz’s research from Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center. Whether an LEA or agency is using the PDE Educator Dashboard or a different type of data system, it is suggested to use these indicators and metrics to “flag” student who may be off-track for graduation and monitor progress when students are on-track.

Document #3 – Early Warning System Data Analysis Team Meeting Protocol
Once an Early Warning System is in place and data reports are available, it is important to analyze the data with the local leadership team. Time is always a factor; however, this 45-minute team protocol template suggests various roles for the team members and a structured agenda to keep the meeting moving at a perky pace and leave the meeting feeling productive. The team meeting may occur weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly depending on how often the team wishes to meet and what data are being reviewed.

Document #4 — Early Warning System Data Analysis Protocol for Individual Students
After the local leadership team meets to review patterns or trends in the data for groups of students, it may be necessary to delve into the data a little deeper to review individual student data and determine the appropriate interventions for individual students. This protocol template offers guidance in how an interdisciplinary team may review individual student progress. The team who reviews individual students may be comprised of different members who are involved with working with the student/s. In addition, the individualized meetings offer a great opportunity to include parents/family members and the students in this process and as part of the team.

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