The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) was established in 1986 with the stated goal of increasing the graduation rates among students in US schools and of those countries around the globe where the NDPC has partners. By using well-researched evidence-based methods, the NDPC seeks to intervene in the issues that lead to students dropping out of school. Through programs which help young people to develop skills beyond those usually imparted in school, it not only enables them to graduate from high school, it also equips them to lead more fulfilling and productive lives.
The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) utilizes a two-pronged approach comprising, on one hand, ongoing research in better strategies for continued improvement of graduation rates among students in US schools. On the other hand, it has a program of promoting and sharing its most successful methods of dropout prevention with schools, governments and organizations around the world. These efforts have seen the NDPC establish itself as a foremost source for insights on how to advance student success, as evidenced by the local, national and global reach of its programs.
The NDPC works with policymakers in government, administrators and practitioners in the education sector, to underscore the need to combine dropout prevention measures, with student re-entry and school completion initiatives, as a holistic program of improving graduation rates. The organization also interfaces regularly with State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to develop and hone their internal systems for identifying students at the most risk of dropping out. These programs by the NDPC have seen remarkable successes and led to major increases in retention and graduation rates among students in every state of the USA.
Due to its being a member institution of NDPC’s global network, SASE has unfettered access to this organization’s more than thirty years of evidence-based dropout prevention expertise. It is now bringing the full breadth of that know-how to bear on its efforts to improve the quality of education delivery in the state of Karnataka, while also ensuring that more children remain in school to complete their education.