Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project
The Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project is designed to develop, increase, and transfer knowledge in the area of dropout prevention. This initiative is focused on increasing graduation rates for ALL students through the use of evidence-based practices. Furthermore, the implementation of evidence-based strategies will increase positive in-school experiences and positive post-school outcomes for all students. Strategies implemented will be based on data review on 6 variables that directly affect risk of a student dropping out.
- Positive school climate
- Academic performance
- Family engagement
- Student engagement
- policies and procedures regarding dropouts
District teams will determine which areas to focus on improving and create an action plan for implementation.
Becoming a Member
Your district may become a member of the Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project in one of three ways, as the initiative applies a multi-tiered systems approach allowing for prevention and intervention at any grade level with varying intensity of professional development and technical support. The three tiers include:
Tier 1 – Primary
Districts will receive a membership in a dropout reduction webinar series,
e-newsletters, list-serves, Community of Practice, and access to print resources and materials.
Tier 2 – Targeted
(Note: available to receive technical assistance from within Tiers 1 and 2)
For districts who generally exhibit a dropout rate of 3.3% or above for general education and/or students with disabilities. Schools which do not meet this % criterion may still request targeted assistance. Tier 2 districts may also receive individual consultations, a review of programs, capacity building forums and trainings and the opportunity to participate/present at relevant state and national conferences.
Tier 3 – Intensive
(Note: available to receive technical assistance from within Tiers 1, 2, and 3)
At Tier 3, districts have been identified as having a dropout of 4% or above for general and/or students with disabilities. Districts which do not meet this % criterion may still request targeted assistance. Tier 3 schools will receive assistance with the development of individualized dropout prevention initiatives, assistance with reviewing and analyzing data relevant to school retention and the option of becoming a Model Dropout School site.
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