Early Warning Data System (EWDS)

The Early Warning System (EWS) was originally developed by the National High School Center (NHSC) at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to calculate automatically the high-yield indicators related to dropout. With permission of and in collaboration with the NHSC, the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) at SEDL adapted the EWS to produce a customized database version called the Early Warning Data System (EWDS).

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the TXCC conducted a webinar on the Early Warning Data System (EWDS) on November 12, 2013. Two TXCC staff members and one TEA manager participated in the webinar at SEDL headquarters; two additional TEA staff members, with expertise in the studentGPS™ Dashboards, participated from off site.

Seventeen of Texas’ education service centers (ESCs) either joined the webinar or viewed the recorded broadcast. TXCC staff provided access information for the updated EWDS training material, and several ESCs requested the updated materials on flash drives, which were sent within the week to the requestors. The TEA manager emphasized the need for ESCs to facilitate the transition from the EWDS to the studentGPS™ Dashboards to ensure a seamless change for districts and high schools.