Dropout Reduction: Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery


Massachusetts Reports

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Massachusetts annual Dropout Rate Statistical Reports (MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
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Massachusetts cohort Graduation Rates State Data Reports (MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
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Expecting Success: How Policymakers and Educators Can Help Teen Parents Stay in School (Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, March 2010)
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Too Big to Be Seen: The Invisible Dropout Crisis in Boston and America (Boston Youth Transitions Task Force, May 2006)

National Reports and Policy Briefs

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Selected Funding Streams for Struggling Students and Disconnected Youth (Jobs for the Future, March 2009)
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Dropout Prevention (Institute of Education Sciences, September 2008)
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The High Cost of High School Dropouts (Alliance for Excellent Education, June 2008)
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Raising Graduation Rates in an Era of High Standards - Five Commitments for State Actions (Jobs for the Future, February 2008)
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Approaches to Dropout Prevention: Heeding Early Warning Signs with Appropriate Interventions (National High School Center, October 2007)
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Involving Families in High School and College Expectations (Education Commission of the States, August 2006)
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Essential Tools, Increasing Rates of School Completion: Moving Policy and Research to Practice (The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), May 2004)
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How Can We Help? Lessons from Federal Drop-Out Prevention Programs (Mathematica Policy Research Inc., September 1999)

Other States' Dropout Reduction Strategies and Legislation

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Arizona dropout prevention
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California state dropout prevention information
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Indiana dropout prevention legislation
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North Carolina dropout prevention
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Tennessee state law on model dropout prevention program


Created by the nation's governors and business leaders, Achieve, Inc (American Diploma Project) View External Link helps states raise academic standards and achievement so that all students graduate ready for college, careers, and citizenship. The goal of Achieve is to help every state close the expectations gap so that all students graduate ready for success.

Alliance for Excellent Education View External Link is a national policy and advocacy organization that works to make every child a high school graduate - to prepare them for college, work, and to be contributing members of society. The Alliance works to encourage the development and implementation of federal and national policies that support effective high school reform and increased student achievement and attainment.

The America's Promise Alliance View External Link is the nation's largest multi-sector collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth. Alliance partners are corporations, nonprofit service organizations, foundations, policymakers, advocacy organizations, and faith groups that work collaboratively to ensure that America's young people receive the Five Promises (caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others) - at home, in school and out in the community.

The Commonwealth Corporation View External Link is comprised of educators, facilitators, researchers, youth development experts, career counselors, and industry specialists who work with community partners to run a number of youth programs throughout Massachusetts. The goal of these programs is to enable young people to make successful transitions to adulthood with particular interest in those youth who are at risk of not completing high school, entering post-secondary education or training, or acquiring the skills necessary for success in the demanding, high-skills economy of the twenty-first century.

Communities in Schools View External Link is one of the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. Communities In Schools helps students stay in school and make right choices by connecting schools with needed community resources

Jobs for the Future (JFF) View External Link operates through partnerships with states and communities, national and local foundations, and other organizations. JFF accelerates opportunities for people to advance in education and careers through: research, policy development, on the ground projects, and advocacy.

National Dropout Prevention Center View External Link is a well-established national clearinghouse for sharing solutions for student success through active research project, publications, and a variety of professional development opportunities. The National Dropout Prevention Center identified 15 effective strategies for dropout prevention, which is described on their website.

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) View External Link was established in 2004 by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to assist in building states' capacity to increase school completion rates for students with disabilities through knowledge synthesis, technical assistance, and dissemination of interventions and practices that work.

The National High School Center View External Link serves as the central source of information and expertise on high school improvement for the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs), a national network of Content and Regional Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help build the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the provisions and goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

The National Youth Employment Coalition View External Link offers a range of projects, programs, and activities that seek to help youth become productive citizens. NYEC sets and promotes quality standards; tracks, crafts and influences policy; provides and supports professional development; and builds the capacity of organizations and programs.

The What Works Clearinghouse View External Link offers a range of publications that evaluate school and community-based dropout prevention interventions and instructional strategies for middle and/or high schools. Reviewed interventions and strategies are designed to help students stay in school and/or complete school and may include services and activities that mitigate factors impeding progress in school.

Last Updated: September 1, 2016

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