Providing supports to our students who are showing signs of disengaging from school is critical to increasing Minnesota’s graduation rates. The Minnesota Department of Education has developed a screening tool to assist educators in tracking and supporting student progress toward graduation from high school in four years.
The Minnesota Early Indicator and Response System (MEIRS) is a tool that can be used to provide a snapshot of students in grade 6 and grade 9 who are at increased risk of not completing high school in four years. Using validated research-based variables associated with dropping out of school (such as attendance, multiple enrollments, state accountability test scores and suspension/expulsion) supports can be developed and targeted to students who may need additional assistance to stay on track for graduation.
The purpose of an early indicator and response system is to:
- Screen for students who are at risk of not completing high school in four years.
- Facilitate student success by using the data to match appropriate supports to student needs. These supports may include systemic responses as well as individual interventions.
General information about using data to identify and engage students in school and learning is provided in the documents below.
Training Information: Minnesota Early Indicator and Response System (MEIRS) trainings will be offered to district personnel (including those who have been designated by their superintendents to have access to the data) such as principals, school psychologists, counselors, and/or other staff who will use the data to plan interventions. A team is encouraged to attend the trainings. Sessions will provide information about:
- The screening process used to identify students who may be at risk.
- Accessing and understanding the report.
- Reviewing and interpreting data to make decisions about how to support students.
- Selecting strategies and practices that will better engage students.
- Using tools and guidelines to effectively implement practices and measure progress.
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NOTE: Access to the MEIRS secured site will be provided to a designee upon successful completion of the MEIRS training and receipt of the authorization form from the district superintendent.