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California Dropout Research Project

http://www.cdrp.ucsb.edu/dropouts/projectsummary.pdf

The purpose of this project is to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of and potential solutions to the dropout problem in California. From December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2008 the project will produce a series of reports and policy briefs addressing four facets of the issue: (1) the measurement and incidence of dropping out; (2) the educational, social, and economic costs of dropouts for individuals and the state; (3) the short-term and long-term causes of dropping out; and (4) proven interventions. Drawing on this information, a policy committee composed of researchers, policymakers, and educators will then draft a state policy agenda to improve California's high school graduation rate.

Dropping Out of School is One of the Key Social Challenges of Our Time

http://www.portical.org/tools/Dropout_Prevention_Handout.pdf

This pdf matrix lays out what the California Department of Education (CDE) is currently doing and planning on doing to improve dropout reduction in California. Written by the Middle & High School Improvement Office and Educational Options Office under the Secondary, Postsecondary, & Adult Leadership Division, the matrix is designed to provide you with specific programs offered by the CDE and research linking to additional information including locations on the CDE website for best practices, dropout prevention, and much more!

The Silent Epidemic

http://silentepidemic.org

This site, sponsored by several national organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides resources, research, and tools for students, educators, parents and policymakers to assist in dropout prevention.

Get Into the Act of Closing the Achievement Gap

http://www.portical.org/podcasts/get-into-the-act-of-closing-the-achievement-gap-2/120.htm

In this Radio TICAL episode, TICAL’s Director Rowland Baker spoke with California State Superintendent Jack O’Connell and Administrator of the CDE’s Middle and High School Improvement Office (MHSIO) Rozlynn Worrall about Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII). They highlight this innovative web portal, developed by the MHSIO, that assists educators in lowering dropout rates, closing the achievement gap, and ensuring success for students in the middle grades.

 

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