NDPC-SD has multiple initiatives that contribute to increased knowledge and understanding of problems, issues and effective strategies pertinent to school completion for students with disabilities. A unique value of the Center is our ongoing effort to synthesize evidence-based knowledge and practical approaches to dropout prevention and school completion and use this knowledge to develop training modules, implementation guides and systematic frameworks for transforming practice. Some of our knowledge development tasks are described below.
The ultimate goal of the Center's knowledge development activities is to synthesize what is currently known about dropout prevention for students with disabilities, and to develop a series of high-quality products that can be used by states in designing and developing effective dropout prevention programs. All of the Center's other major activities (i.e., technical assistance, collaboration, and dissemination) stem from this major enterprise.
NDPC-SD has created these three reports to help you better understand the issue and to assist you in planning new reentry programs or redesigning existing programs.
Syntheses of research examining effective practices in dropout prevention and school completion for students with disabilities
Guides to help teachers and school staff put research-based practices into place to support students with disabilities
Summaries of states’ goals, performance data, and improvement activities for Indicators 1 and 2