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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 Recent Webcast

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NDPC/N Headlines

June 4, 2015

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 »

May 5, 2015

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 »

May 4, 2015

NEW National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program

CLEMSON, SC — The NDPC is proud to introduce a new initiative to help train and certify educators in the area of dropout prevention. For more information on the new National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) certification program for educators and others who work with or on behalf of at-risk youth, please visit the program page…. Read more »

From Around the Web

June 8, 2015

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.

June 5, 2015

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).


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