The paper deals with two key ideas that could help schools graduate more students on time. The first is to produce a ranked list that orders students according to their risk of not graduating on time. The second is to predict when they'll go off track, to help schools plan the urgency of the interventions. Both of these predictions are useful in identification and prioritization of students at risk and enable schools to target interventions. The eventual goal of these efforts is to focus the limited resources of schools to increase graduation rates.
The results of this study have helped a school district systematically to adjust analytical methods as they continue to build a universal EWI (early-warning indicator) system. The district is also highly interested in the web-based dashboard application that was developed.