In 2005, the Philadelphia Education Fund and Johns Hopkins University co-authored groundbreaking research that identified Early Warning Indicators (EWIs) that correlate most strongly with students dropping out of school: poor attendance, poor behavior, and core course failure in math or literacy.
The Ed Fund and JHU moved the research into action to create an EWI data and 3-tier intervention system for middle grade and high school students. Beginning in 2007, City Year Greater Philadelphia and Communities in Schools in Philadelphia came on board to create Diplomas Now. Diplomas Now, currently in place in five schools in Philadelphia, is now scaling to 60 schools nationwide.
This report tells the story of how Diplomas Now schools organize for and use EWI data and intervention system on behalf of students with EWIs.