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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.

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Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Episode 68


One District's Story

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.

"Why Do Students Drop Out?"

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NDPC/N Headlines

October 29, 2015

2015 NDPN Conference Attracts Attendance From Across the Nation

Clemson, SC (October 29, 2015) – The 2015 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas, October 25-28, 2015. The conference was the nation’s largest convening of education leaders and dropout prevention practitioners on the topic of improving K-12 graduation rates in recent years. The conference was attended by over 800 participants… Read more »

October 6, 2015

National Dropout Prevention Network and Catapult Learning, Inc. Form Alliance to Address Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies

Clemson, SC—(October 6, 2015) – The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) and Catapult Learning, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of K−12 contracted instructional services, have formed an alliance to address dropout prevention and recovery strategies. The announcement was made today by Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N), and Stuart Udell,… Read more »

September 17, 2015

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Message is Shared Nationally and Globally

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Message is Shared Nationally and Globally This fall, representatives of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) are sharing research findings and graduation rate improvement strategies from coast to coast and with leaders of other nations. NDPC/N’s release of new research revealing impact measures of effective strategies along with the popularity… Read more »

From the Web

November 2, 2015

Alternative Schooling Can Offer Teens Another Path to Graduation

US News & World Report’s “High School Notes” queries NDPC/N Director Sandy Addis in a look at how alternative education settings provide a model for students to earn their diploma outside the traditional high school setting.


October 30, 2015

Despite progress, dropouts remain serious problem

We have plenty of proof that even the most at-risk students can succeed in school when caring adults get involved in a purposeful way. That’s why hundreds of experts from all across the country will gather in San Antonio this week for the 2015 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference. By exchanging research, ideas and best practices, we are exploring ways to reduce dropouts in every community.

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