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Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement

Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement.

The Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement was launched in 2009 and was created to expand efforts in reducing the dropout rate, increasing the graduation rate and advancing credential attainment.This effort is authorized by Colorado Revised Statute 22-14-101 and builds on the state’s commitment to ensure graduation and school success for all students and re-engaging out of school youth. There are five components to this work:

  1. Analyzing student data pertaining to dropout, completion rates, truancy, suspension and expulsion rates, safety and discipline incidence and student growth.
  2. Coordinating efforts across CDE and leading initiatives to address dropout prevention, student re-engagement and adult education.
  3. Identifying and recommending best practices and effective strategies to reduce student dropout rates and increase student engagement and re-engagement.
  4. Tracking progress and results.
  5. Securing and managing resources to fund services and supports.

The Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement Unit includes six programs that in 2015-16 represent over $22.5 million in funding to support communities, local education agencies, and schools.

Latest News and Updates

One-time Grant Opportunity Offered by the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Program


A one-time, request for proposal (RFP) was released on September 7, 2016 and will be managed through the Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement.  Approximately $1 million in  funding from the Expelled and At-Risk Student Service grant program will be distributed to encourage restoratives practices at the local level. For more information click here.

Colorado graduation rate remains steady

The dropout rate shows a slight rise in number of students dropping out. Data released Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 by CDE shows the state saw a small increase in the dropout rate from 2.4 percent to 2.5 percent in the 2014-2015 school year.

Resources and Tools for Graduation and Dropout Rates


School Emergency Management

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Here are tools that are useful in promoting school attendance:

Join the Colorado Re-Engagement Network!

The purpose of the Colorado Re-engagement Network (CRN) is to streamline the coordination of regional and statewide student re-engagement efforts in order to better serve students throughout the state of Colorado. View flyer (PDF).

To join, please visit Youth For A Change.

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