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Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement

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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

Colorado graduation rates reach highest marks since 2010, state dropout rates also improve

The dropout rate is 2.3 percent for the 2015-16 school year, which records an all-time low for the state. The four-year graduation rate for the class of 2016 is 78.9 percent, which represents 2,040 more graduates than the class of 2015.

Resources and Tools for Graduation and Dropout Rates

School Emergency Management

Supporting School Attendance:  Tools and Resources.

Here are tools that are useful in promoting school attendance:

7th Annual Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement Summit: PWR Pathways

The theme of this year's summit is PWR (Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness) Pathways.  The overarching goal is to increase educational attainment and employment of Colorado students and adult learners, especially those facing unique barriers and challenges.

Summit You're Invited:  May 4 and 5, 2017

Call for proposals is now open!


Join the Colorado Re-Engagement Network!

The CRN provides opportunities to share resources and coordinate student re-engagement efforts in order to better serve disconnected students and out-of-school youth throughout Colorado.

To join, please visit Youth For A Change.

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