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MLDS Center Research Series Virtual Brown Bag

Please join us for the upcoming presentation of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Research Series Virtual Brown Bag. This brown bag is a forum to bring together researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to discuss in-progress research on academic and workforce outcomes.

Title: Overview and Evaluation of an Early Warning Indicator and Intervention System to Keep Ninth-Grade Students On-Track to High School Graduation in Alabama*

Date and Time:

Friday, November 18, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern

Location: Join Zoom Meeting; Link for Research Series Zoom Room

Meeting ID: 590 340 5742

Passcode: 501813

RSVP: Jamese Dixon-Bobbitt via email:



For the last fifteen years, the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) has worked with schools and LEAs that serve high-poverty student populations to design and implement early warning and intervention systems (EWS) to increase high school graduation rates and post-secondary success. In this presentation, CSOS faculty will review process and outcome evaluation findings from an Institute of Education Sciences-funded study on EWS effectiveness. First, Dr. Marcia Davis will present data on the implementation of the EWS and associations between implementation and ninth-grade student outcomes. Second, Dr. Martha MacIver will present an efficacy study of the EWS on ninth-grade student outcomes. Results from these studies show that higher levels of implementation of early warning and intervention components in the treatment schools were associated with improved levels of ninth-grade student achievement and attendance outcomes and students in the EWS treatment schools were significantly less likely than control school students to be chronically absent. A discussion will focus on the policy implications of this research and the importance of longitudinal data systems for linking early warning indicators to outcomes.

About the Presenters

Marcia Davis, Ph.D., is a director of CSOS and an associate professor in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Davis has been an investigator on six federally funded grants and a lead evaluator for organizations such as the Weinberg Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland. She has an MA in measurement, statistics, and evaluation and a Ph.D. in educational psychology, both from the University of Maryland, and teaches courses in mixed methodology and evaluation in the educational doctoral program in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins. She has conducted research on a range of topics that include supporting struggling adolescent readers, measurement of adolescent reading motivation, and the use of early warning indicators and systems for dropout prevention.

Martha Abele MacIver, Ph.D., an Associate Research Professor at CSOS at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She has more than a decade of experience in conducting research on early warning indicators, including longitudinal student cohort studies linking high school indicators to college enrollment outcomes. She was PI for two recently completed IES grants: Equipping High School Teachers to Increase Student Motivation and Course Passing Rates (R305A150449) and Continuous Improvement in Schools Equipping Families to Support Students in the Transition to High School (R305H150081), both of which focused on interventions to improve 9th-grade outcomes. She has extensive experience in conducting both quantitative and qualitative studies and has also worked with many districts on analytics/intervention projects related to early warning indicators.



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