On June 20, the Alliance for Excellent Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Forum to Extend Middle Grade Reforms, and Association for Middle Level Education, co-convened a briefing on how early warning indicator systems—which identify students at high risk of dropping out as early as sixth grade—can help keep students on track for graduation and accelerate student progress.
Speakers at the briefing included a researcher, Dr. Bob Balfanz of the Johns Hopkins Everyone Graduates Center; a practitioner, Catherine Miller, a teacher in Bronx, NY; and a policymaker, Regan Fitzgerald, legislative assistant on education issues for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Alliance President Bob Wise moderated the event.
Two ideas discussed by Bob Balfanz particularly stuck in my mind: (1) How data can be used to reduce the strain on the entire education system; and (2) Reducing waste.