The Impacts of Dropout Prevention Programs

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U.S. Department of Education

Mathematica examined how the programs used their funds, what kinds of students were served, and whether the programs affected student outcomes.

Beginning in the late 1980s, the U.S. Department of Education conducted three large evaluations of the effectiveness of dropout prevention programs. The longest and largest evaluation was conducted by Mathematica and examined the impacts of dropout prevention interventions that were funded by the federal School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program (SDDAP). From 1988-1996, SDDAP provided federal support for local efforts to reduce the dropout rate, awarding grants to school districts, nonprofit community-based organizations, and educational partnerships.

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