Colorado’s Dropout Prevention Framework is research- and evidence-based and is designed to create an ecosystem for institutional change. This framework promotes a blend of rigorous and relevant coursework guided by the state standards to ensure that all students have educational opportunities and effective academic guidance to attain their educational goals.
Essential Elements and Tactics
At the foundation of the dropout prevention framework are strategies and practices focused on analyzing data on attendance, behavior and course completion and tracking trends on dropout, graduation and completion. Successful efforts include transition planning and support, whole school strategies, early warning systems, and tiered interventions for students identified as being off-track to graduate or at risk for dropping out. Particular attention must be paid to ensuring students have a successful 9th grade year, as failure in 9th grade has been shown to be highly predictive of students eventually dropping out. In Colorado there is a special focus on addressing out-of-school suspensions and chronic absenteeism in an effort to reduce the dropout rate. The interventions are data-informed and contextualized to meet the need of the students. The methods and tactics are outlined in the following diagram: