New! Certification Program
New! Sign up now for the National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) certification program for educators and at-risk youth workers. This program is founded upon NDPC/N’s research-based effective strategies, known youth risk factors, professional learning participation, and field implementation of acquired knowledge. Program completers and their field reports will be posted on the NDPC/N Web site.
Why Do Students Drop Out
Several large longitudinal studies include questions asked of high school dropouts related to reasons for dropping out of school.
See some of the most frequent reasons reported over the last several decades in this NDPC/N article.
Sandy Addis named Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY NEWSSTAND — Sandy Addis has been named director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University. Addis joined the NDPC/N staff as associate director in 2013, bringing with him more than 40 years of experience in public education as a teacher, counselor, coach, principal, system-level administrator and regional educational service agency director. Addis has… Read more »
Bob Collins Elected Chairman of the Board of the National Dropout Prevention Network
CLEMSON, SC — Bob Collins, former Superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District, and retired Chief Academic Officer and Regional Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been elected Chairman of the Board of the National Dropout Prevention Network, a national nonprofit agency located at Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Collins is a… Read more »
Major Research Study Confirms Effectiveness of Dropout Prevention Strategies
CLEMSON, SC — The technical report of a new, major research study of dropout prevention strategies provides evidence of the effectiveness of these strategies in addition to presenting educators with valid scientific evidence that will enable them to select the best options for combating dropout problems in their schools and school districts.NDPC/N logo The widely… Read more »
From Around the Web
NPR Reports that Alabama is on Track to Report a 90% High School Graduation Rate
From NPR News: “On Track To A 90 Percent Graduation Rate In Alabama”
According to data released by the U.S. Department of Education, Alabama has experienced one of the nation’s steepest increases in high school graduation rates, though the 8 point rise between 2010 and 2013 still leaves the state one point below the national average.
Read the full story at NPR news for a more personal view on how High School graduation truly affects people’s lives.
Excellent Interactive Infographic from EdWeek
EdWeek has put together an excellent and engaging picture of the state of graduation rates in the U.S. This excellent interactive graphic allows you to see graduation rates for high school students on a state-by-state basis, as well as the rates for particular categories of students (e.g., economically disadvantaged, or by ethnicity).