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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:
- Analyzing student data pertaining to dropout, completion rates, truancy, suspension and expulsion rates, safety and discipline incidence and student growth.
- Coordinating efforts across CDE and leading initiatives to address dropout prevention, student re-engagement and adult education.
- Identifying and recommending best practices and effective strategies to reduce student dropout rates and increase student engagement and re-engagement.
- Tracking progress and results.
- 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 improves to highest level: dropout rate increases.
The four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2022 was 82.3% – a 0.6 percentage point increase from the previous year. This is the highest rate since 2010, when Colorado changed the method for calculating graduation rate.
A total of 56,284 students graduated in four years, which was 442 more students than in 2021. The four-year graduation rate in Colorado has improved by 9.9 percentage points since 2010 when the state changed how the data were reported. Graduation rates also improved for students who finished in six and seven years.
The state’s 2021-22 overall dropout rate is 2.2%. This is an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 2021 and the first time the dropout rate increased since 2015. In total, the state saw 10,524 students in grades seven through twelve drop out in the 2021-22 school year -- 2,232 more students than in 2020-21.
Within these overall state trends are a range of school and district outcomes. Additional trend data about state, districts, and schools, and districts are listed below.
Collaboration opportunity: Colorado Youth for a Change offers regular panels and webinars for individuals who are working to support the student engagement and re-engagement. Click here to sign up for the Colorado Re-engagement Network listserve.