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Dropout prevention and learning supports utilize the same framework to identify needs, analyze data, provide supports and evaluate current practice. Learning Supports is a systems strategy that leads to increased graduation rates, one of the Learning Supports result areas. Dropout prevention interventions are school- and community-based initiatives that aim to keep students in school and encourage them to complete their high school education. Interventions and services, such as counseling, monitoring, school restructuring, curriculum redesign, and community services are provided to eliminate barriers so students may be successful academically, personally and in a career or vocation. Each district should focus their resources in outcomes in the following three domains:

  1. staying in school,
  2. progressing in school, and
  3. completing school.

Contact Steve Crew for program-related questions.

Contact Tom Cooley for budget-related questions.

Code

Iowa Code section 257.39 Definition of Potential and Returning Dropouts
1. "Returning dropouts" are resident pupils who have been enrolled in a public or nonpublic school in any of grades seven through twelve who withdrew from school for a reason other than transfer to another school or school district and who subsequently enrolled in a public school in the district.

2. "Potential dropouts" are resident pupils who are enrolled in a public or nonpublic school who demonstrate poor school adjustment as indicated by two or more of the following:
a. High rate of absenteeism, truancy, or frequent tardiness.
b. Limited or no extracurricular participation or lack of identification with school, including but not limited to, expressed feelings of not belonging.
c. Poor grades, including but not limited to, failing in one or more school subjects or grade levels.
d. Low achievement scores in reading or mathematics which reflect achievement at least two years or more below grade level.
e. Children in grades kindergarten through three who meet the definition of at-risk children adopted by the department of education.

Resources

The Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools Grant (2009-2015) and the Rural Dropout Prevention Grant (2013-2015) created the following resources for districts to use when working on Dropout Prevention at a local level:

Links

The following links to resources are provided to assist districts in planning programming, at the local level. The Iowa Department of Education does not endorse any of the specific programs mentioned or provided by these links.

American Institutes of Research
Topics of Expertise
Early Warning Systems in Education
Center for Great Teachers and Leaders

U.S. Department of Education
Chronic Absenteeism
High School Graduation Initiative/Dropout Prevention
Rethinking Discipline

Institute of Education Sciences
Dropout Prevention Current Research
Regional Education Laboratory - Midwest
Doing What Works
What Works Clearinghouse

Learning Supports
School Mental Health Project - UCLA

National Dropout Prevention Center
Dropout Prevention
Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities
Meta-Analysis of Dropout Prevention Strategies

Additional Resources
Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning
Everyone Graduates Center
National Council for Behavioral Health
National School Climate Center

Funding

While there are multiple funding sources for dropout prevention programs, the main funding source districts use for dropout prevention programming is the Modified Supplemental Amount for Dropout Prevention. Iowa Code chapter 257 sections 38-41

To access the Modified Supplemental Amount districts are required to submit an application which can be found on the Iowa Education Portal.

After the School Budget Review Committee completes the approval process a summary of official action is posted to the School Budget Review Committee's webpage.

Budgets approved on the basis of this application must be used for expenditures as described in the approved Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) activities or approved continuing applications presently on file at the Department of Education. Returning Dropout and Dropout Prevention balances unexpended at the end of the fiscal year shall be carried over and used to offset the subsequent year's costs and requests for modified supplemental amount.

2015-2016 Dropout Prevention - Modified Supplemental Amount

2014-2015 Dropout Prevention - Modified Supplemental Amount

2013-2014 Dropout Prevention - Modified Allowable Growth

2012-2013 Dropout Prevention - Modified Allowable Growth

2011-2012 Dropout Prevention - Modified Allowable Growth

 

Also see: Alternative Education, At-Risk, and Education of Children in Foster Care

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 08, 2016 at 2:53am.