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ERIC Number: ED500785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 41
Piloting a Searchable Database of Dropout Prevention Programs in Nine Low-Income Urban School Districts in the Northeast and Islands Region. Issues & Answers. REL 2008-No. 046
Myint-U, Athi; O'Donnell, Lydia; Osher, David; Petrosino, Anthony; Stueve, Ann
Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands
Despite evidence that some dropout prevention programs have positive effects, whether districts in the region are using such evidence-based programs has not been documented. To generate and share knowledge on dropout programs and policies, this report details a project to create a searchable database with information on target audiences, prevention strategies, age ranges, in-school and out-of-school staff involvement, and whether programs were reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse. Based on the dropout prevention literature, the database identifies nine service goals (such as increase school attachment and decrease truancy) and 17 core strategies (such as community learning curricula and tutoring/extra classes) and maps these across schools, districts, and programs and policies. The report makes three recommendations for better documenting progress toward evidence-based practices for keeping students in school. The following are appended: (1) Methodology for collecting data and creating the database; (2) Sample introductory letter; (3) Interview instructions and sample questions; and (4) Functional requirements table for database. (Contains 14 tables, 1 box, and 6 notes.) [This report was prepared for the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands administered by Education Development Center, Inc.]
Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands. 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458. Tel: 617-618-2747; Fax: 617-969-1580; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Massachusetts; New York; Rhode Island
IES Funded: Yes