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Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement

About Us

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:

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  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 five programs that support communities, local education agencies, and schools.

Latest News and Updates

State's Graduation rate dips slightly.

A total of 81.7% of the Class of 2021 graduated last spring – a slight decrease from the previous year and the first drop in the four-year graduation rate in over 10 years.

The Class of 2021 had 622 more graduates than the Class of 2020, but the overall graduation rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points because there were more total 12th graders enrolled than in the previous year. Despite the drop, Colorado’s four-year high school graduation rate has improved by 9.3 percentage points since 2010, when the state changed how the rate was reported. 

The state’s 2020-21 overall dropout rate is 1.8%, which is the same as the previous year. In total, the state saw 8,292 students in grades seven through 12 drop out last year -- 169 fewer students from the previous year. A total of 74.6% of districts reported dropout rates at or below the state’s 1.8% rate. And 24.9% of districts reported that their dropout rates in 2020-21 were lower than their 2019-20 rates. The statewide dropout level continues to be the lowest mark in 10 years. 

Join the Colorado Re-Engagement Network hosted by Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC). Includes Network calls with schools and communities.


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