Dear Colleague,

Educators, counselors and administrators across Colorado are engaged in efforts to reduce the number of dropouts and ensure more students graduate from high school. To support these efforts, the Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is conducting a district survey regarding early warning data systems and other strategies being used to encourage school completion.

The purpose of this survey is to better understand the needs and experiences related to dropout prevention and intervention in Colorado’s school districts and to disseminate this information to help educators and administrators make informed decisions in selecting, creating, or advancing early warning systems. Specifically, The Office of Dropout Prevention will use the survey data to plan professional development opportunities, determine best practices, guide future initiatives and build capacity at both the state and district level. We are seeking survey responses from all Colorado school districts – whether you already have an early warning system in place, are currently considering buying or building a system, or do not feel a need for an early warning system.

Participation in the survey takes about 30 minutes. The survey contains fewer than 25 questions with check-box and short answer responses about early warning systems and their implementation. Additional optional questions ask about prevention and intervention strategies currently used in your district.

Participation in the survey provides a number of benefits. You will contribute to a developing knowledge base about dropout prevention. You will be encouraged to reflect on the implementation successes and challenges of dropout prevention initiatives. Survey results will allow you and others to learn about enhancements, alternatives, and refinements to existing or new early warning systems and related strategies for helping all students complete high school.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. Responses will be aggregated and the names of individuals, schools and districts will not be used in any resulting reports or analyses. Your information will not be shared with any individual or organization outside of the Colorado Department of Education. If you have any questions about the survey or your participation, please call or email Peter Fritz, Principal Consultant, CDE Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement. He can be reached at (303) 866-6601 or by email at