Dropout Prevention and Recovery

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Dropout Prevention and Recovery
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Quality programs exist around the nation to reengage students who are at-risk of dropping out or who have already dropped out of school.  For those who drop out, the quality of life typically dips drastically, and in conjunction, enormous tax dollars are spent mitigating the issues caused by the dropout. Dropouts are less likely to secure high paying jobs or worse: be unemployed, so are more likely to require public assistance as compared to their tax-producing graduate counterparts.

Economic ROI

According to New York Times, if we could reduce the current number of dropouts by half nationally, we would yield almost 700,000 new graduates annually. This yield would more than pay for a dropout prevention and recovery program. Studies show that the typical high school graduate will obtain higher employment and earnings — an astonishing 50 to 100% increase over a dropout in lifetime income.

When the costs of the investment to produce a new graduate are taken into account, there is a return of $1.45 to $3.55 for every dollar invested, depending upon the educational intervention strategy. Under this estimate, each new graduate confers a net benefit to taxpayers of about $127,000 over the graduate’s lifetime.  This is a benefit to the public of nearly $90 billion for each year of success in reducing the number of high school dropouts by 700,000 — or close to $1 trillion after 11 years.

New York Times,  January 25, 2012 “The True Cost of High School Dropouts”, Henry M. Levin (professor at Teachers College of Columbia, and Cecilia E. Rouse, professor at Princeton)


DLA Proposed Solution

A comprehensive support method that targets at-risk students before a dropout occurs.  This technology-based platform forms a coalition of students, teachers, and parents to give students the support they need to succeed. The method helps teachers and students achieve strong academic outcomes by using a research-based Blended Learning methodology in a state-of the-art, technology rich, educational environment that consists of extremely focused individual, small group and teacher-led instruction, all in order to meet the students where they need to be met - at their time of need.  This is coupled with regular positive, outbound calls to parents and community organizations to ensure a broad support system, which also improves family dynamics.

Demonstrated Outcomes

  • 90% of students using the program are successful and graduate high school
  • Since 2007, over 4,500 high school students have been given the help they need to graduate
  • Over 50% of students are progressing to post-secondary institutions
  • On a district level, program implementation has been shown to increase graduation rates by 15%, a number which ensures future economic and societal gains for the individual and the community as a whole

DLA Dropout Prevention Initiative Template

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Sample Solutions

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Providing districts cost-effective in-district educational option for at-risk and dropout students, across all ethnicities.

 AdvancePath Academics Overview   Download PDF file

AdvancePath Academics Overview
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 Graduation Alliance Success Report 2013   Download PDF file

Graduation Alliance Success Report 2013
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Additional Issues Under Review

Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:

Public Education

Proficiency Improvements:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Dual Immersion
  4. Special Needs

  1. Low-Performing
  2. Comprehensive

Higher Education

  1. Remedial Education
  2. Graduation Rates
  3. Student Debt Burden
  4. Employment Opportunities

Workforce Development

  1. Economic Growth Modeling

Spanning Every Educational Level

  1. Assessment and Accountability
  2. Student Information Systems
  3. Online Learning, 24/7/365
  4. Broadband Connectivity
  5. Special Education