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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.

Why Do Students Drop Out

girl-pensiveSeveral 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.

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July 17, 2015

New Webinar: Recovery and Reengagement Strategies in Rural Contexts

Webinar Date: July 23, 2015 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT Register Here About the Webinar:  In rural settings, recovery and reengagement programs must adapt to remote locations, transportation issues, scarce funding resources, and small populations. Local cultural and value systems must also be considered and addressed if dropouts are to be attracted to and… Read more »

July 8, 2015

WIN Learning & National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Partnership

CLEMSON, SC—In an effort to close the large and lingering gaps in graduation rates for many groups of disengaged or disadvantaged students, WIN Learning, developers of the WIN Career Readiness System, and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N), the nation’s leader in school dropout prevention, have formed a strategic partnership to help students recognize the… Read more »

July 7, 2015

Sandy Addis named Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY NEWSSTAND — Sandy Addis has been named director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University. Addis joined the NDPC/N staff as associate director in 2013, bringing with him more than 40 years of experience in public education as a teacher, counselor, coach, principal, system-level administrator and regional educational service agency director. Addis has… Read more »

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July 31, 2015

Summer Learning: Graduation Rates Get Boost Through Summer Learning

From Southern Education Desk:


But the hot days of summer bring benefits for students when they’re spent soaking up learning, she says. “Summer is the only chance kids have to get caught up and get ahead,” she says..

And that boost helps kids from falling behind and being held back says Sandy Addis of the National Dropout Prevention Center.

“Summer programs are a great anti-retention tool, and we know that there is a strong correlation between being retained in grade and not graduating,” he said. “Anything that magnetizes a child to school certainly will help.”

June 8, 2015

NPR Reports that Alabama is on Track to Report a 90% High School Graduation Rate

From NPR News: “On Track To A 90 Percent Graduation Rate In Alabama”

According to data released by the U.S. Department of Education, Alabama has experienced one of the nation’s steepest increases in high school graduation rates, though the 8 point rise between 2010 and 2013 still leaves the state one point below the national average.

Read the full story at NPR news for a more personal view on how High School graduation truly affects people’s lives.

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