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Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement
October is National Dropout Prevention Month
The month of October is dedicated to raising awareness for dropout prevention efforts.
The four-year graduation rate for the class of 2018 is 80.7 percent, which represents 2,540 more graduates than the class of 2017. Annual state dropout rate improves to an all time low. The 2017-18 dropout rate is 2.2 percent, an improvement of 0.1 percentage points from the previous year.
Although there have been gains, more work still needs to be done.
The Colorado Dropout Prevention Framework outlines how to accelerate progress at the school and district level. It provides a foundation for rigorous and relevant coursework, teacher preparedness and instruction, and development of systems to ensure ALL students reach their full potential.
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
Colorado’s Ninth Grade Success Grant Program, created in SB19-246, was signed into law in May 2019. This new grant program provides funding to local education providers and charter schools to assist students enrolled in ninth grade to develop the skills they need to successfully persist in graduating from high school.
The State Board of Education approved Rules for the Administration of the Ninth Grade Success Grant Program at the August 14, 2019 board meeting. Approval of rules paves the way to release the competitive grant application – OPEN 9/11/19
State's Graduation rate improves to 80.7 percentColorado achieves highest four-year graduation rate since 2010. State sustains reductions in dropout rate. The four-year graduation rate for the class of 2018 is 80.7 percent, which represents 2,540 more graduates than the class of 2017. Annual state dropout rate improves to an all time low. The 2017-18 dropout rate is 2.2 percent, an improvement of 0.1 percentage points from the previous year.
- Interactive map and graduation data
- Full press release of Graduation and Dropout Rates
- Dropout Data
- Graduation Data
- Overview of Graduation and Dropout Calculations (PDF)
- Colorado Graduation and Dropout Rates from 2010 to 2018 (PDF)
- Graduation, Completion, and Still Enrolled Rates: connection to CDE Strategic Plan (PDF)
Training and Supports
Join the Colorado Re-Engagement Network hosted by Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC). Includes Network calls with schools and communities.