Equity & Diversity

Six States Join NGA Dropout-Prevention Initiative

By Lesli A. Maxwell — January 05, 2010 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The organization that represents the nation’s governors has selected six states in which it will work to help curb high school dropout rates.

The National Governors Association announced yesterday that Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and West Virginia will be part of a new, two-year initiative that will devise new strategies for preventing students from dropping out of high school and bringing back those who have already left.

The effort is being led by the NGA’s Center for Best Practices and builds on a recent report by the center, called “Achieving Graduation for All: A Governor’s Guide to Dropout Prevention and Recovery,” that examined the underlying causes of the dropout problem and offered strategies for states to pursue to stem it.

In each state, the NGA will work with leaders to define the magnitude of the dropout problem and identify services that are either lagging or don’t exist that would help keep students from leaving school in the first place.

The association will also help the six states come up with new policies, legislation, executive orders, and regulatory reforms to address the dropout issue.

“At a time when we are focused on implementation of more rigorous standards for high school students and graduates, it is important to also retain a focus on our students who are most in danger of not completing their degrees,” Phil Bredesen, the Democratic governor of Tennessee, said in a statement.

Each state will receive $50,000 to pay for the development of a prevention and recovery plan, said Erin Munley, a spokeswoman for the NGA. The states had to apply to be selected for the initiative, she said.

In Tennessee, for example, leaders will use the money toward setting up an “early-warning system” to identify students most likely to be on track for dropping out of school, Gov. Bredesen said.

A version of this article appeared in the January 20, 2010 edition of Education Week


School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Get a Strong Start to the New School Year
Get insights and actions from Education Week journalists and expert guests on how to start the new school year on strong footing.
Reading & Literacy Webinar A Roadmap to Multisensory Early Literacy Instruction: Accelerate Growth for All Students 
How can you develop key literacy skills with a diverse range of learners? Explore best practices and tips to meet the needs of all students. 
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
College & Workforce Readiness Webinar
Supporting 21st Century Skills with a Whole-Child Focus
What skills do students need to succeed in the 21st century? Explore the latest strategies to best prepare students for college, career, and life.
Content provided by Panorama Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Equity & Diversity In Uvalde, Pain Where There Once Was Pride
Past and present residents of Uvalde, Texas, recount a deeper story of Robb Elementary—one that began years before the May 24 mass shooting.
12 min read
Palm trees are visible around the water tower in Uvalde, Texas, on July 20, 2022.
Palm trees surround the water tower in Uvalde, Texas. The town is the site of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
Jordan Vonderhaar for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Uvalde Schools Aren't Defined by One Tragedy. Here Are Key Moments in Their History
The schools of Uvalde, Texas have a rich history that goes beyond the tragedy that occurred at Robb Elementary in May.
2 min read
Students walking in the streets of Uvalde, Texas participating in the 1970 Uvalde School Walkout. Pictured bottom right in numerical order are Mary Helen Canales, Lee Lugo, and Alfred Santos.
Students walk in the streets of Uvalde, Texas during the 1970 Uvalde School Walkout.
Courtesy of Voces Oral History Center at The University of Texas at Austin
Equity & Diversity Letter to the Editor An Educator Shares Lessons on Inclusivity From Preschoolers
Discussions involving equity, discrimination, and privilege resonate with preschoolers, writes an educator in this letter to the editor.
1 min read
Illustration of an open laptop receiving an email.
Equity & Diversity Anti-LBGTQ Hate Online Rose Sharply After Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' Law Passed
The rhetoric centered on false accusations about the "grooming" of young children, a study finds.
4 min read
Collage with an androgynous person covering their face and surrounded by screaming mouths.
iStock/Getty Images Plus