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The State Role in Early Warning Data Systems

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REL Midwest and its Dropout Prevention Research Alliance hosted a webinar designed to provide participants with relevant research and practices to guide their own efforts in building state level support of early warning system (EWS) development and implementation. This event provided a national and regional landscape of current EWS work and addressed the changing role of the state in encouraging use and supporting implementation of early warning systems. Regional efforts in Wisconsin and Minnesota also were highlighted.


The event featured a presentation by Susan Therriault, Ph.D., of American Institutes for Research, who discussed her research on the role of the state in promoting usage and providing support for implementation of EWS. The event also featured presentations from Jared Knowles of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, John Gimpl of Minnesota Department of Education, and Timothy Conboy of Rosemount High School in Minnesota. This event was designed to address the U.S. Department of Education’s priority area of College and Career Readiness.



Susan Therriault, Ed.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Jared Knowles, Research Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

John Gimpl, State Implementation Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Timothy Conboy, Assistant Principal, Rosemount High School, Minnesota


Related Resources

Allensworth, E., & Easton, J. (2007) What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Highs Schools: A Close Look at Course Grades, Failures, and Attendance in the Freshman Year. Research Report. Consortium on Chicago School Research. Retrieved from


Data Quality Campaign. (2013) Using Early Warning Data to Keep Students on Track Toward College and Careers. Retrieved from


Heppen, J., & Therriault, S. (2008) Developing Early Warning Systems to Identify Potential High School Dropouts. National high School Center. Retrieved from


Therriault, S., O’Cummings, M., Yerhot, L., & Hauenstein, M. (2013). Implementing an early warning system in the middle grades. Washington, DC: National High School Center, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from


Therriault, S., Heppen, J., O’Cummings, M., Fryer, A., & Johnson, A. (2010). Early warning system implementation guide. Washington, DC: National High School Center, U.S Department of Education.