State and Federal Initiatives serve as the foundation for all our work relative to dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement. The following is a list of resources related to research-based frameworks, as well as legislative and policy initiatives that serve to guide our work.
The Pay for Actual Student Success (PASS) Act (PDF) was passed in the 2010–11 Legislative Session to address issues negatively impacting high school graduation rates. The purpose of the PASS Act is to assist students in addressing their individual barriers to graduating from high school, and/or successfully transition from high school to continued education and careers. Specifically, the PASS Act provided dedicated funding to four programs that have been successful at decreasing dropout, and increasing high school graduation. It also outlined an incentive program for schools successful in addressing dropout, and calls for the development of a comprehensive, integrated system to address dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval.
Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1418 established a statutory framework to create a statewide youth re-engagement system that provides education and services to older youth, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of school or are not expected to graduate from high school by the age of 21.
Under the system, school districts are authorized, but not required, to enter into model inter-local agreements with an Education Service District, community or technical college, or other public entity to provide a dropout re-engagement program for eligible students. Districts may enter a model contract with a community based organization, as well. For more information.
Program Diagram and Description (implementation framework)
There are several departments and numerous programs within OSPI that address dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement. This document provides a diagram of the areas within OSPI, as well as a description of each.
The Data Coaching Initiative is an effort to improve data use at the local level to help a district or school effectively identify students at-risk, implement a coordinated program of interventions, and monitor the impact of their efforts.
Developing a Dropout Early Warning and Intervention System (DEWIS)
DEWIS is a systemic approach of supporting students both academically and behaviorally that are identified as “at risk” of dropping out. The overview of implementing a DEWIS approach includes two elements. The first is development of a “watch list” , and the second is the incorporation of a plan or framework such as RTI (Response to Intervention) that matches students who are at risk with appropriate services based on their individual needs.
Microsoft Partners in Learning
Microsoft provides professional development to government officials, school leaders, and educators around the world to help them take new approaches to teaching and learning, using technology to help students develop 21st century skills.
National Dropout Prevention Center
The ultimate goal of the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities is to provide high quality, evidence-based technical assistance to help states build and implement sustainable programs and best practices that will yield positive results in dropout prevention, reentry, and school completion for students with disabilities.
In education, there is a rich history of well-documented and well-researched approaches to curriculum, instruction practices, and behavior. The missing link has been implementation: the serum is available, but a system “or syringe” for the preparation of the educational staff so they know when, where, how, and with whom to deliver effective education approaches to students has been missing