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.

Click here to meet the Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists, to learn from their work, and to access their Field Project Report.

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

Episode 85

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

Watch Episode 85: Increasing Support Systems for High Potential At-Risk Learners in Rural Areas

Next Episode: May 9, 2017

Grant Support

Model Programs

The National Dropout Prevention Center’s (NDPC’s) Model Programs Data Base 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.


Proposal Components

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.

"Why Do Students Drop Out?"

Viewpoints: Solving Arizona’s high-school dropout problem

by Bob Collins and Sari Factor

Last year Arizona's high-school graduation rate ranked 44th of 50 states. Despite the country’s overall progress towards record graduation rates – 82.3 percent last year – Arizona is struggling to keep up, with a rate of 77.4 percent. Continue reading

NDPC/N Headlines

February 28, 2017

Commissioner Jerome Singleton Presented the Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention

South Carolina High School League Commissioner Recognized for Support of Interscholastic Athletics’ Role in Dropout Prevention CLEMSON, S.C. (February 23, 2017) – Jerome Singleton, Commissioner of the South Carolina High School League, is the 2017 recipient of the Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention from the National Dropout Prevention… Read more »

February 27, 2017

Dr. Edward Lee Vargas Named Outstanding Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—February 24, 2017—The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) will honor Dr. Edward Lee Vargas, a nationally recognized educator and speaker, with the Outstanding Educator Award at its 12th Annual ALAS Recognition Reception on March 3, 2017, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. A former ALAS Board member and President, Dr. Edward Lee… Read more »

February 8, 2017

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Releases Position Paper Identifying Importance of Student Engagement in Reducing Dropout Rates

Aligning Students’ Personal Commitment and Stakeholders’ Roles Key to Preventing Disengagement Clemson, S.C. (February 8, 2017) – The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) has published a position paper, Weaving Student Engagement Into the Core Practices of Schools, in collaboration with Teri Dary, Anderson Williams and NDPC/N Research Fellows Terry Pickeral and Robert Shumer. Recognizing that currently no national… Read more »

From the Web

October 26, 2016

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.

October 19, 2016

Commentary: There are ways to help students stay in school

Greenville Online by Dr. Sandy Addis

Johnny is absent today — again. He was absent yesterday and may be tomorrow as well. Johnny has begun the slow process of disengagement that can and often does contribute to dropping out of high school.

Unfortunately, Johnny’s not alone in his absences — or his disengagement from school. Many other students across the nation share his story. The unfortunate fact is that, once begun and without intervention, a student’s disengagement all too often culminates in that student dropping out of school. And while there are other equally important indicators, excessive school absence is a critical and obvious indicator of disengagement.

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