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The Washington Assessment of the Risks and Needs of Students (WARNS) is a brief (53 to 74-item) self-report measure for 13 to 18-year-old youth designed to allow schools, courts, and youth service providers to assess individual risks and needs that may lead to truancy and/or school failure, and to target interventions accordingly.  The WARNS takes approximately 10 to 30 minutes to administer and measures both the past and current experiences in several domains that are critical to healthy social, emotional, and educational development.

The WARNS can be administered online via remote access to a secure server located at Washington State University (WSU).   The Learning and Performance Research Center at WSU is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the administration and use of the WARNS.

We are also developing a Middle School version of the WARNS – please click on the Middle School link to read about its availability.

2018 WARNS User Survey Results

In March of 2018, a web survey was implemented to collect information on the use of the WARNS assessment and PSSO platform, and the needs of our subscribers.  The objective of the survey was to collect information to help the WSU WARNS team respond to the needs of school districts and other youth services providers who are addressing the truancy problem in Washington state.   Please click on the report image to download the results of the survey.