NASBE recently released a dropout prevention report that included some typical recommendations (data, training, community partnerships, multiple pathways). I’m glad the state boards on on the case.
NGA also issued a report which better describes the solution set including a recommendation to “provide rigorous, relevant options for earning a high school diploma.” and, “award credit for performance–not seat time–to galvanize dropout prevention and recovery efforts.”
The dropout problem in America is complicated, but I think the majority of dropouts are poorly prepared for high school, aren’t well supported at home and simply call BS on a system that doesn’t seem to know them or care about them and they leave. I like the NGA recommendations, because it suggests we can and must create better options.
I work with a group that is proving we can do better. AdvancePath runs 13 dropout prevention academies. They take kids that are several years behind and get them back on track for graduation with a rigorous competency based model that combines online and onsite learning with a flexible schedule. Every young person should have access to high quality options like AdvancePath.