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 on this quick facts page: Why Do Students Drop Out?
Three graphs comparing U.S. state data over time in terms of changes in averaged freshman graduation rates (AFGR), dropout rates, and per-student funding for education. The good news is that many states are improving graduation rates and reducing dropout rates. The bad news is that with cuts to per-student funding for education, progress may be threatened. Read On →
The National Dropout Prevention Center and Network announced the inauguration of the NDPC Fellows Program. The Fellows program will expand in the next 12 months to include a NDPN Practitioner Fellows program. Those individuals selected for NDPN Practitioner Fellows will provide the practical outreach through the Network, based on the NDPC Fellow’s research findings and their own work in dropout prevention efforts at the local level. Read On →
Clemson University: Press Release.
It all began a quarter of a century ago. Led by South Carolinian Esther Ferguson, a group of concerned citizens known as The National Dropout Prevention Fund gathered in New York City to discuss the issue of school dropouts. These business and community leaders soon found that there was no place to turn for information about this gnawing problem. Read On →
Interviews with NDPC/N Board members.
Click here for more information on the new National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) certification program for educators and others who work with or on behalf of at-risk youth. An NDPS certificate will verify participant knowledge and expertise in at-risk youth issues and strategies for reducing dropout rates and raising graduation rates. The NDPS certification program is founded on NDPC/N’s research-based effective strategies, known youth risk factors, professional learning participation, and field implementation of acquired knowledge.
Link to 11 newly released School Climate Practice Briefs for Implementation and Sustainability, which present the latest in research and best practice for effective school climate reform. Dr. Beth P. Reynolds, our Executive Director, and Ms. Marty Duckenfield, our Public Information Director, coauthored one of these briefs, School Climate and Dropout Prevention. Mr. Terry Pickeral, NDPC Research Fellow, coauthored another brief, School Climate and Shared Leadership.
This study, conducted by NDPC/N, and sponsored by Communities In Schools Inc., finds that there are multiple risk factors which increase the likelihood that students will drop out. The evidence clearly shows that dropout is often the result of a long process of disengagement that sometimes begins before the child enrolls in kindergarten. The report also provides information on 50 programs that were found to be effective in addressing these risk factors. Download the Report
January 12, 2015 - Alaskan Educator Kelly Tonsmeire Recognized By National Dropout Prevention Network with Crystal Star Award of Excellence
January 7, 2015 - The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) and ClemsonTV Establish New Partnership to Increase Audience for Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Webcast
November 2, 2013 - 2013 Crystal Star Awards of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention
October 28, 2013 - National Dropout Prevention Conference To Be Held In Atlanta November 3-6, 2013
October 25, 2013 - Rural Dropout Prevention Focus of Clemson, U.S. Department of Education Partnership
June 9, 2013 - Major Research Report from National Dropout Prevention Center Researchers
April 8, 2013 - Staff Additions and Changes
April 8, 2013 - New Board of Directors Officers