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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.

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Episode 73

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Solutions to the Dropout Crisis airs on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

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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

April 20, 2016

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and K12 Inc. Are Taking Solutions Show on the Road!

Sponsorship Enables Increased Awareness of Dropout Prevention Programs and Policies Clemson, S.C. (April 20, 2016) The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) is pleased to announce that K12, Inc., a technology-based education company and leading provider of proprietary curriculum and online school programs for students in pre-K through high school, is now sponsoring Solutions to the… Read more »

April 18, 2016

Edgenuity and National Dropout Prevention Network Partner to Increase High School Graduation Rates

Educators Receive Network Membership to Foster Best Practices and Research-Based Solutions for At-Risk Youth Clemson, SC April 18, 2016 In an effort to help increase high school graduation rates, Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions, today announced a partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN). The partnership builds on Edgenuity’s… Read more »

April 8, 2016

National Dropout Prevention Network Board Member Named Superintendent of Schools for Los Angeles County Office of Education

Clemson, S.C. (April 8, 2016) – The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) is pleased to recognize Dr. Debra Duardo’s appointment as superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Dr. Duardo serves as the current NDPN Vice Chair, Executive Committee, and was formerly the Recording Secretary, Executive Committee. In August 2016, Dr. Duardo… Read more »

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March 16, 2016

Fannin County Participates in Diploma Planning Institute

Fannin County High School and Fannin County Middle School participated in a Diploma Planning Institue led by NDPC and Pioneer Regional Educational Service Area (RESA). Learn more about DPI here.


February 2, 2016

Huffington Post Blog Post on the Importance of Mentoring

“Research has shown that young adults at-risk for dropping out of high school, but with a mentor, are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college and 78 percent more likely to give back to their communities than their peers who didn’t have a mentor.”

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