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
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 (DPI), a two-day working event that guides school teams through a process that yields a practical improvement plan to increase student success.
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 »
National Dropout Prevention Center Announces Online Courses for Educators
Online Courses Provide Professional Development in Dropout Prevention Strategies CLEMSON, S.C. (May 9, 2017) – The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) is pleased to announce that online courses in research-based strategies for improving graduation rates are now available to educators, administrators, legislators, researchers, and others who share a common goal of continuing to reduce the… Read more »
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Announces EdisonLearning as Model Programs Database Sponsor
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Announces EdisonLearning as Model Programs Database Sponsor Sponsorship Enables Expansion of Searchable Online Database of Model Programs Addressing School Dropout Prevention CLEMSON, S.C. (April 26, 2017) – The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) announces EdisonLearning as the sponsor for its dropout prevention, recovery and reentry model programs database. The database is… Read more »
From the Web
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
Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2013
New report published by the National Center for Education Statistics
High school status completion rates increased from 83.7 percent in 1973 to 92.0 percent in 2013 among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to a new report. In the same time period, the gap in completion rates between White youth and Black and Hispanic youth narrowed, although the gaps remain.
The National Center for Education Statistics released Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2013 today (October 25), which draws on a wide array of surveys and administrative datasets to present statistics on high school dropout and completion rates at the state and national levels.