The ultimate goal of the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities is to provide high quality, evidence-based technical assistance to help states build and implement sustainable programs and best practices that will yield positive results in dropout prevention, reentry, and school completion for students with disabilities. NDPC-SD has the following four interrelated goals, which captures its overarching purpose and supports the Center's mandate.
1: Increase the awareness of policymakers, administrators, and practitioners about dropout prevention, reentry, and school completion.
2: Increase the number of states that set and meet reasonable and rigorous performance targets for State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators 1 and 2.
3: Help State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) develop and improve data systems to track students at risk of dropping out.
4: Help SEAs and LEAs implement and evaluate effective, comprehensive school-completion models, practices, and systems for students with disabilities.
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, NSTTAC, the IDEA Partnership's Community of Practice on Transition, and the National Post-School Outcomes Center hosted 350 participants from 40 states and territories for the 7th Annual Capacity Building Institute, May 6 -9, 2013. Interdisciplinary teams from the 40 states engaged in excellent content sessions (breakout sessions), informal topical discussions, networking, and facilitated team planning for 2 ½ days. Presenters included experts from state education agencies, departments of vocational rehabilitation, departments of mental health, parent centers, national organizations and technical assistance centers, university faculty and researchers, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. Presentation materials are located at www.psocenter.org. State teams from the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands to the Virgin Islands to Maine to California developed action plans which the TA Centers will help support in the coming 12 months.
NDPC-SD has developed a set of Excel-based data tools to help districts and schools organize, examine, analyze, and share their data that impact graduation and dropout rates. These tools can support a school team’s work carrying out a root cause analysis of the factors that impact school completion rates. They also can inform the development and evaluation of a local intervention plan. This webinar http://tadnet.adobeconnect.com/p3b5aedpfnj/ provides a brief introduction to the tools and descriptions of their respective purposes. For additional information, please contact Matthew Klare at NDPC-SD (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) has developed guidance to aid states in preparing their Annual Performance Report for Indicators B-1 (Graduation Rate) and B-2 (Dropout Rate). Please do not hesitate to contact our staff for information about these indicators, or assistance in developing or reviewing your submission.
OSEP has released the package of support documents for the 2014 submission of the APR. The October 30 APR Memo as well as the current Part B Measurement Table and populated APR template may be downloaded here. The complete set of Part B support materials is posted on the OSEP website.
NDPC-SD is pleased to announce the release of our summaries of the FFY 2011 Annual Performance Reports for OSEP Part B Indicator 1 (Graduation) and Indicator 2 (Dropout). The Center's reports summarize the data, calculations, and improvement activities for these indicators across all States and territories, as well as the District of Columbia and Bureau of Indian Education. They were included in the compilation of Indicator summaries distributed at the 2013 OSEP Mega Conference in Washington in August of 2013.
Due to the increased interest in recovering youth with disabilities who have dropped out of school, we have created a three part series of reports: "Reentry Programs for Out-of-School Youth with Disabilities." The information in these synthesis reports was collected from practicing administrators and teachers in reentry programs nationwide, and is designed to assist state departments of education, school districts, and community-based organizations interested in redesigning or initiating efforts to help youth with disabilities return to the education system and become successful school completers.
September is Attendance Awareness Month! Nationally, the evidence is mounting that students who are chronically absent - missing 10% or more of the school year for any reason - are less likely to read well by the end of third grade and are more prone to drop out of high school.
The newsletter focuses on reentry with tips on reengaging students, creative ways to insure successful reentry, and one state's effort to reengage youth with disabilities.
Transcripts and materials available now.
Sustainability of Dropout Prevention Efforts in a Large Urban School District: Teaming, Action Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Celebration! This webinar discusses the training and technical assistance provided to schools utilizing the NDPC-SD's Dropout Prevention Intervention Framework.
The Regional Resource Center Program’s (RRCP) Student Performance and Achievement (SPA) and Systems and Improvement Planning Priority (SIPP) Teams developed two Spotlight Briefs related to school completion. The first Spotlight Brief was focused on Georgia’s statewide school completion initiative, GraduateFirst. The second Spotlight Brief addressed Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi), a statewide program that integrates reading interventions and PBIS to support school wide improvement in academic achievement and behavior.
Laura C. Brown, Ph.D.,Coordinator of Georgia's GraduateFIRST dicusses how schools have redesigned programs, adopted new practices, and implemented research-based strategies to become highly successful in preventing students with disabilities from dropping out. Additional information relating to Georgia’s school completion work is available at www.gaspdg.org/graduate-first.
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