Approaches to Dropout Prevention: Heeding Early Warning Signs With Appropriate Interventions

This report, authored by Louise Kennelly and Maggie Monrad of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research, outlines steps that schools can take to identify at-risk students and provide the necessary support systems and relevant interventions to assist students in obtaining a high school diploma. Further, the report discusses the use of early warning systems to target interventions for groups and individual students, offers a variety of best practice approaches undertaken by higher performing high schools, and presents effective programs that are currently being implemented to stem the dropout problem.