The Institute of Education Sciences, which is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education, has published an updated What Works Clearinghouse Dropout Prevention Practice Guide. This guide highlights Diplomas Now in a number of places and focuses on four recommendations for reducing dropout rates in secondary schools, all of which align directly with the Diplomas Now model:
- Monitor the progress of all students, and proactively intervene when students show early signs of attendance, behavior, or academic problems.
- Provide intensive, individualized support to students who have fallen off track and face significant challenges to success.
- Engage students by offering curricula and programs that connect schoolwork with college and career success and that improve students’ capacity to manage challenges in and out of school.
- For schools with many at-risk students, create small, personalized communities to facilitate monitoring and support.
It’s exciting to see that our model and evidence-base are being recognized as one of the most effective examples of keeping students in school and on the graduation path!