Meet America's Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists
Join the growing number of practitioners who are Certified National Dropout Prevention Specialists by enrolling in the National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) Certification Program for educators and at-risk youth workers. Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists complete a professional learning program founded in the Center's 15 Effective Dropout Prevention Strategies, document their experience by completion of a job-embedded field project, and serve as a national resource for others who work with at-risk youth.
15 Effective Strategies Online Courses
NDPC offers online courses in each of the 15 research-based Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. The 15 Effective Strategies are formally adopted by numerous states and school systems as highest-impact interventions for graduation rate improvement.
Solutions to the Dropout Crisis
Solutions to the Dropout Crisis airs on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Next Episode Today: Episode 93
Position Papers on School Dropout Prevention Research to Practice Recommendations
The National Dropout Prevention Center’s (NDPC’s) Model Programs Database provides proven interventions for replication and inclusion in dropout prevention and school improvement grants. Proposals that replicate NDPC Model Programs are competitive and have high likelihood of achieving desired student outcomes. Visit the Model Programs Database or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.
The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a variety of cost-effective project components and supports that can be written into grants to strengthen your proposal, increase the likelihood of project success, and achieve long-term sustainability beyond grant funding. Review our list of grant project components or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.
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.
Diploma Planning Institute
Learn more about NDPC/N's Diploma Planning Institute
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Releases Position Papers on School Dropout Prevention Research to Practice Recommendations
Four Position Papers Underscore Importance of Adapting Strategies to Fit Student Populations Clemson, S.C. (October 20, 2017) – The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) announces the release of four position papers examining trends and findings regarding improving high school graduation rates. The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is the foremost resource for educators and policymakers who… Read more »
National Dropout Prevention Center Director Sandy Addis’s Editorial
National Dropout Prevention Center Director Sandy Addis’s Editorial October is National Dropout Prevention Month. That fact is significant because it allows us an opportunity to concentrate our focus on what we have accomplished as a nation thus far—and to reflect on what we have left to do. Our nation’s four-year high school graduation rate is… Read more »
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Releases New Resources to Improve Rural Graduation Rates
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Releases New Resources to Improve Rural Graduation Rates Resources Available Online at No Cost CLEMSON, S.C. (July 26, 2017) – The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) at Clemson University has just released four new tools to help rural schools and districts improve graduation rates. The resources are available to educators… Read more »
From the Web
North Dakota State Department of Education Focuses on Native American Graduation Rate Issue
While the overall high school graduation rate in North Dakota remains high, Native American students continue to lag behind.
The total graduation rate in 2015-16 — the most recent year data is available — was about 87 percent. For Native American students, however, that number is significantly lower. The graduation rate for that demographic group was roughly 65 percent in 2015-16.
On Wednesday, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction held a Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement Summit, a pre-summit for the Fall Educators Conference held this week in Bismarck.
2017 Building a Grad Nation Report
Release date: May 3, 2017
Special Research Report: 2017 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenges in Raising High School Graduation Rates
Authored by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and America’s Promise Alliance