This special report describes the biggest challenge facing Boston's schools: the large percentage of students who are off-track to successfully completing high school. A new approach, data-informed inquiry, is helping schools to track student performance and implement targeted interventions that get more students on track for success.
Sample spreadsheet with performance indicators and other factors that go into creating a single risk indicator for each student that is predictive of a student's likelihood of dropping out in the absence of interventions.
Synthesis report from the REAL (Respecting Everyone's Ability to Learn) initiative implemented in four high schools. Lessons from REAL inform Boston's current data-driven inquiry approach, in particular the approach to using early warning indicators to improve outcomes for struggling students.
Highlighting Student Needs Before It’s Too Late (2009)
Boston Plan for Excellence
Overview of Composite Learning Index (CLI), an Excel-based tool for identifying the most at-risk students, which uses common indicators such as age in grade and standardized test performance. This brief describes ways schools can use the CLI to get more students on track for success.
School Clips is the Boston Plan for Excellence's monthly update on school reform work in Boston. The e-newsletter goes to 5,000+ corporate and civic leaders, as well as to principals, teachers, and other district staff.