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ERIC Number: ED526386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Addressing Dropout Related Factors at the Local Level: Recommendations for Administrators
Smith, Sandra Covington; Bost, Loujeania Williams
National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
State Education Agencies (SEAs) lead the charge for effective change, impact, and sustainability in the adoption and implementation of programs and practices that promote school completion. Steps taken by state and local education agencies to decrease dropout include (a) collection, analysis, and public reporting of "dropout" rates and related information for all secondary schools; (b) conducting causal analyses and needs assessments to identify causes and target resources; (c) reviewing and revising relevant policies (attendance, behavior, credit accrual, exit examinations, professional development) that impact school completion; and (d) collecting post-school outcomes data from youth including interviewing "dropouts" to find out why they left school. In order for administrators to effectively attend to dropout and the factors that lead to dropout, they must first view change at the local level occurring within a framework that involves: (1) an efficient infrastructure that utilizes data-based decision making; (2) effective instruction that challenges and actively involves students within the learning process; and an engaging school climate which allows all students to feel welcome and supported. As administrators initiate efforts to address and eventually impact school completion rates among students with disabilities, this report provides recommendations that will provide a number of necessary strategies to successfully create change at the local level. [For related report, "Addressing Dropout Related Factors at the Local Level: Recommendations for Teachers," see ED526385.]
National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities. 209 Martin Street, Clemson, SC 29631. Tel: 866-745-5641; Fax: 864-656-0136; e-mail: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu; Web site: http://www.ndpc-sd.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities