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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

girl-pensiveSeveral 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.

"Why Do Students Drop Out?"

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

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High school graduation rates from coast to coast


For more information and discussion of this infographic, see Butrymowicz, S. (July 2, 2015). The graduation rates from every school district in one map: A one-of-a kind analysis of how each district fares. The Hechinger Report.

NDPC/N Headlines

August 24, 2015

Dr. Steven L. Paine, Former West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Elected to Board of Directors of National Dropout Prevention Network

Clemson, SC—(August 24, 2015)—Dr. Steven L. Paine has joined the Board of Directors of the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN). Paine, who served for six years as West Virginia’s 25th superintendent of schools, is a nationally recognized educator credited with transforming the state’s public school instructional program. “We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Paine as a… Read more »

August 10, 2015

August’s Sale of the Month

The National Dropout Prevention Center is pleased to announce our August Sale of the Month! A bundle of three books centered around Early Childhood Education is being offered at a significant discount for the month of August. Book titles are Early Literacy Education: First Steps Toward Dropout Prevention, Family Literacy Strategies: First Steps for Academic Success, and… Read more »

July 7, 2015

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 »

From the Web

August 10, 2015

NCES and BJS annual report examining crime in schools and colleges

NCES and BJS just released its annual report examining crime in schools and colleges covering topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at schools, the availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and student perceptions of personal safety at school. A number of indicators of school safety have improved in recent years. Read here.

August 10, 2015

Early High School Dropouts: What Are Their Characteristics?

This recently released 2-page report/infographic from the Institute of Education Sciences uses data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) to examine the extent to which high school students drop out of school between the ninth and eleventh grade and how dropout rates vary by sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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