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Indicator 2 - Dropout Rate
Strategies and Resources

Indicator 1 - Graduation Rate
Indicator 13 - Postsecondary Goals
Indicator 14 - Postsecondary Outcomes
Indicator 2 - Dropout Rate
State Performance Plan - Transition Indicators
Indicator 1 - Graduation Rate
Indicator 13 - Postsecondary Goals
Indicator 14 - Postsecondary Outcomes
Indicator 2 - Dropout Rate

Indicator 2 of the State Performance Plan required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 is the percent of youth with IEPs dropping out of high school.

Strategies for Improving Indicator 2


  • Review data collection and input procedures related to dropout rate.
  • Review and analyze trend and disaggregated data, including district, district region/feeder pattern, school, race, disability, to identify problem areas in dropout rate.
  • Review Compliance Self-Assessment Data for SPP Indicator 2.

Policies, Procedures and Practices

  • Review district and school policies and procedures to determine if existing policies or procedures may be impacting dropout rate. 
  • Identify and implement evidence-based practices that are known to impact dropout rate, such as the use of predictor data.

Training, Professional Development, and Technical Assistance

  • Identify areas of need and develop a schedule of professional development activities designed to impact dropout rate.
  • Identify or develop resources for providing professional development on improving dropout rate.
  • Solicit training and/or technical assistance from Project 10: Transition Education Network, other Bureau discretionary projects, and/or the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services to improve outcomes.

See also "Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities" in the A-Z Library.

Florida's High Performing Districts: Strategies for Improving Indicator 2

        St. Johns

Resources for Improving Indicator 2

National Resources

Education Commission of the States – The Progress of Education Reform: Dropout Prevention

National  Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities – Drop Out Rates

National Dropout Prevention Center

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network – Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical Report

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities

National High School Center – Dropout Prevention   

National High School Center and SEDL – Early Warning System (EWS) Tool

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools – Dropout Prevention

State Resources/Materials

Florida Department of Education – Exceptional Student Education Compliance Manual, 2012-2013, Self-Assessment Protocols for Indicator 2, pages 39-42 

Florida Department of Education – Part B State Performance Plan 2005-2013
Monitoring Priorities, Indicator 2: Dropouts, pages 6-9

Florida Department of Education – Education Information and Accountability Services (EIAS) Publications and Reports Web Site

Florida Department of Education – Office of Dropout Prevention

Florida Department of Education – Dropout Prevention Resources and Publications

Professional Development

Project 10 
Various training opportunities such as School-Based Enterprises, Program Evaluation and Improvement, etc.



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