Rating System

The rating scale for the programs selected for the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) database of Model Programs is based on the evaluation literature of specific prevention, intervention, and recovery programs. The overall rating is derived from three summary dimensions of program effectiveness:

A brief description of the rating criteria is provided below:

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

These programs have been in existence for three years or more. They were evaluated using an experimental or strong quasi-experimental design conducted by an external evaluation team and have strong empirical evidence demonstrating program effectiveness in reducing dropout and/or increasing graduation rates and/or having significant impact on dropout-related risk factors.

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

These programs have been in existence for three years or more. They were evaluated using a quasi-experimental design conducted by an external or internal evaluation team and have adequate empirical evidence demonstrating program effectiveness in reducing dropout and/or increasing graduation rates and/or having significant impact on dropout-related risk factors.

Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

These programs may be relatively new programs. They were evaluated using a limited evaluation design (single group pre- and post-test) conducted by an external or internal evaluation team. They have promising empirical evidence demonstrating program effectiveness in reducing dropout and/or increasing graduation rates and/or having significant impact on dropout-related risk factors that requires confirmation using more appropriate experimental techniques.

Insufficient Evidence of Effectiveness

These programs require additional information before a rating category is determined.

All program and evaluation information has been provided by the program's contact person. The National Dropout Prevention Center will review the information periodically and make changes, updates, and deletions as required to ensure the accuracy and quality of the information provided.