Dropout Reduction: Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery
The Department recognizes that dropout reduction is not about one single program or initiative. Dropout reduction is very complex and does not lend itself to easy or quick fixes. Effective dropout prevention, intervention, and recovery must be seen as an adaptable and ongoing process. Significantly reducing the number of students who drop out of school takes a combination of systemic efforts at the community, district, school, classroom, and individual student levels.
This Dropout Reduction site is designed to offer information and resources related to high school dropout prevention, intervention, and recovery in Massachusetts as well as nationally.
Dropout Reduction News
The new Massachusetts discipline law, Chapter 222: An Act Relative to Student Access to Educational Services and Exclusion from School, includes requirements for conducting an exit interview with students who intend to leave school prior to graduation (i.e., students who plan to drop out). See Section 8 of the law for more information about this requirement. The following resources are intended to support district's implementation of this process. Districts are encouraged to use these resources "as-is"; or adapt as they see appropriate to their local context.
The High School Exit Intervention Model Protocol includes all of the required exit interview steps described in Chapter 222. The model protocol expands beyond the statute requirements and also describes additional best practices garnered from Massachusetts schools and nationally.
The Impact of Dropping Out Student Flyer is a brief resource that can be shared with students and their families as part of the exit intervention process to share the potential negative impacts of dropping out of high school.
The Impact of Dropping Out Staff Resources Summary provides a summary of research findings on the impacts of dropping out, listed by the following categories: personal income and employment, economy, crime, literacy, health, and family formation. Following the summary of findings is a listing of references.
The Alternative Education Resources and Other Academic Options Overview provides brief descriptions of education options available in Massachusetts, including those that are specifically designed for students who are struggling academically, who are at-risk for dropping out, or who are interested in returning to high school.