Transition Resources, Indicator 2: Drop Out

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Our resource section is now organized by the 4 Indicators: Graduation, Drop Out, Transition and Post School Outcomes.

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Decreased Drop Out

The National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University

The National Dropout Prevention Center has worked to improve opportunities for all young people to fully develop the academic, social, work, and healthy life skills needed to graduate from high school and lead productive lives. By promoting awareness of successful programs and policies related to dropout prevention, the work of the Center and its network members has made an impact on education from the local to the national level.


School Dropout Prevention Program

   High School Graduation Initiative also know as School Dropout Prevention Program. the High School Graduation Initiative (HSGI) awards discretionary grants to State Education Agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) to support the implementation of effective, sustainable, and coordinated dropout prevention and re-entry programs in high schools with annual dropout rates that exceed their stat3e average annual dropout rate.


Dropout Prevention and Recovery

Highlights what states are doing, through legislation, to address Dropout.

Reconnecting Youth through Dropout Reengagement Centers

National League of Cities Municipal Action Guide:

Reconnecting Youth through Dropout Reengagement Centers.

School districts can take on the responsibility of establishing reengagement centers. For example, Portland (Ore.) Public Schools operates that city’s Reconnection Center


Check & Connect

This is a Dropout Prevnetion Intervention Program in 27 states.  There is a cost to the manual and app for this program, but there is also empirical evidence of success.  They even provide grant writing materials for districts who wish to obtain the program through grant application.  They view parents as partners.

Open Doors Youth Re-engagement Program

The Open Doors Program offers students onsite or online options with personalized, flexible education plans. It provides an option for students who no longer feel they can make it through high school. Some are so far behind that they can’t imagine ever getting a diploma. Open Doors is not an alternative program. There are high academic standards and students meet state graduation requirements for a diploma.


The Role of Parents in Dropout Prevention

Excellent article to help parents be involved


Students with Disabilities who Dropout of School - Implications for Policy and Practive

Discussion of interventions that work to lower an unacceptably high dropout rate for students with disabilities.


Project U-turn

A citywide collaborative effort to understand, focus public attention on and raise Philadelphia's graduation, engagement and re-engagement rates through a collective impact strategy.



Hidden in Plain Site: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools

Student homelessness remains an invisible and extremely disruptive problem, compounded by the lack of awareness of the issue in many communities. 


Dropout Prevention: Make High School Graduation a Priority

This article represents some of the National Education Association's latest findings related to high school dropout and efforts to increase graduation rates.


NEAs 12- Point Action Plan for Reducing the School Dropout Rate

NEA addresses the nations's school dropout crisis.  Here is a 12-point action plan developed by NEA that includes the most promising actions supported by experience and data.

Online Professional Development in Dropout Prevention Strategies

NDPC offers online courses in each of the 15 research-based Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention.

Schools may buy this series for individual use, or for group/staff use.


Comprehensive District/School Dropout Prevention Plans

Comprehensive example of how to write your plan  for dropout prevention. 


National Dropout Prevention Center

Various resources such as helpful components for writing for grants, position papers, webcasts, and articles are available on this website

Dropout Prevention Resources

To help schools adopt effective dropout prevention strategies, the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) has developed a Dropout Prevention Intervention Framework which has five phases







Reentry Resources

NTACT is charged with increasing the knowledge and skills of state and local educators and vocational rehabilitation service providers to deliver evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices to reduce the dropout rate and increase graduation rate of all students with disabilities.







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