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Released: September 2017
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This practice guide provides school educators and administrators with four evidence-based recommendations for reducing dropout rates in middle and high schools and improving high school graduation rates. Each recommendation provides specific, actionable strategies; examples of how to implement the recommended practices in schools; advice on how to overcome potential obstacles; and a description of the supporting evidence.
1
Monitor the progress of all students, and proactively intervene when students show early signs of attendance, behavior, or academic problems.
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2
Provide intensive, individualized support to students who have fallen off track and face significant challenges to success.
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3
Engage students by offering curricula and programs that connect schoolwork with college and career success and that improve students’ capacity to manage challenges in and out of school.
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4
For schools with many at-risk students, create small, personalized communities to facilitate monitoring and support.
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Topics:
Education Levels:
  • Middle Grades
  • High School
Audience:
  • Administrators
  • Parent/Family
  • Policymakers
  • Teacher

This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-IES-15-C-0054.

The following research staff contributed to the guide: Julie Bruch, Erin Dillon, Joshua Furgeson, Madhavi Jayanthi, Rebecca Newman-Gonchar, Kate Place, and Christina Tuttle.

  • Russell W. Rumberger (Chair)
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Howard (Sandy) Addis
    National Dropout Prevention Center and Network
  • Elaine Allensworth
    University of Chicago Consortium on School Research
  • Robert Balfanz
    Center for the Social Organization of Schools at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education
  • Debra Duardo
    Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • Mark Dynarski
    Pemberton Research LLC

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