Dropout Prevention: A Practice Guide
Description of Resource:
This guide provides six evidence-based recommendations to help prevent students from dropping out of school. The recommendations, which are aimed at educators, school administrators and policymakers, are largely based on existing reviews of dropout prevention programs that meet the evidence standards of the What Works Clearinghouse. The recommendations are divided into three categories: diagnostic (utilize data systems that provide clear numeric information on students who drop out and that identify students at high risk), targeted interventions (assign adult advocates, provide academic support and enrichment to improve academic performance, implement programs to improve students' classroom behavior and social skills), and school-wide interventions (personalize the learning environment and instructional process, provide rigorous and relevant instruction). The level of evidence for these recommendations varies between low and moderate. The guide also provides concrete suggestions for carrying out the recommendations.