2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities

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Prior Lake, MN, April 27 - 30, 2014

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2014 Diploma Plan Institute

Myrtle Beach, SC, June 18 - 20, 2014

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26th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

Louisville, KY, November 2 - 5, 2014

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2013 Crystal Star Award Winners


The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN), located at Clemson University in SC, has announced its 2013 recipients of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention.

Trends in AFGR, Dropout, and Funding

Three graphs comparing U.S. state data over time in terms of changes in averaged freshman graduation rates (AFGR), dropout rates, and per-student funding for education. The good news is that many states are improving graduation rates and reducing dropout rates. The bad news is that with cuts to per-student funding for education, progress may be threatened. Read On →

Inauguration of the NDPC Fellows

NDPC The National Dropout Prevention Center and Network announced the inauguration of the NDPC Fellows Program. The Fellows program will expand in the next 12 months to include a NDPN Practitioner Fellows program. Those individuals selected for NDPN Practitioner Fellows will provide the practical outreach through the Network, based on the NDPC Fellow’s research findings and their own work in dropout prevention efforts at the local level. Read On →

Clemson University press release: National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson names 11 Fellows.

Our 25th Anniversary

NDPC It all began a quarter of a century ago. Led by South Carolinian Esther Ferguson, a group of concerned citizens known as The National Dropout Prevention Fund gathered in New York City to discuss the issue of school dropouts. These business and community leaders soon found that there was no place to turn for information about this gnawing problem. Read On →

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School Climate Practice Briefs Released by the National School Climate Center

Link to 11 newly released School Climate Practice Briefs for Implementation and Sustainability, which present the latest in research and best practice for effective school climate reform. Dr. Beth P. Reynolds, our Executive Director, and Ms. Marty Duckenfield, our Public Information Director, coauthored one of these briefs, School Climate and Dropout Prevention. Mr. Terry Pickeral, NDPC Research Fellow, coauthored another brief, School Climate and Shared Leadership.

NEW Dataset Tool

Explore this new, downloadable, and searchable dataset from showing Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates Nationwide, by State, by School, and by Key Subgroups, 2010-2011.

Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical Report

Cover of ReportThis study, conducted by NDPC/N, and sponsored by Communities In Schools Inc., finds that there are multiple risk factors which increase the likelihood that students will drop out. The evidence clearly shows that dropout is always the result of a long process of disengagement that sometimes begins before the child enrolls in kindergarten. The report also provides information on 50 programs that were found to be effective in addressing these risk factors. Download the Report


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Press Releases

November 2, 2013 - 2013 Crystal Star Awards of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention
October 28, 2013 - National Dropout Prevention Conference To Be Held In Atlanta November 3-6, 2013
October 25, 2013 - Rural Dropout Prevention Focus of Clemson, U.S. Department of Education Partnership
June 9, 2013 - Major Research Report from National Dropout Prevention Center Researchers
April 8, 2013 - Staff Additions and Changes
April 8, 2013 - New Board of Directors Officers

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