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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
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Dropout Prevention: A Practice Guide

Description of Resource: 
This guide provides 6 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 3 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.

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Developer Type: 
Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Adolescent Health
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Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
Randomized Controlled Trial
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Dynarski M, Clarke L, Cobb B, Finn J, Rumberger R, Smink J. Dropout Prevention: A Practice Guide (NCEE 2008-4025) [Internet]. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. 2008 Sep [cited 2013 Jan 17]. Available from: