Dropout Prevention

Five research- and evidence-based principles have been proven to reduce the risk of students’ dropping out or disengaging from school. First, specific indicators should be identified and data should be collected and monitored to understand changes in student performance, attendance, and engagement in school. Second, at- risk students should be paired with an adult advocate who is committed to their success. Third, students should take advantage of personal tutoring and develop study skills to improve their confidence in their own academic potential. Fourth, schools should use programs that recognize improvement in behavior and academic achievement, as well as those that teach strategies for healthy behavior and academic progress. Fifth, schools should find ways to enhance academic achievement by personalizing the learning environment so that it feels smaller, more intimate, and more conducive to focused learning, and so that staff can connect with students more frequently.