OVAE: Office of Vocational and Adult Education
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School Dropout Prevention Program
Fact Sheet Series 2004 - Secondary and Technical Education
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The OVAE Fact Sheet Series highlights efforts currently underway at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) to support the principles of the President's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The principle(s) supported by this effort are:

  • Increase Accountability and Academic Achievement
  • Increase Options and Involvement for Parents and Students
  • Focus on What Works


The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Title I, Part H, established the school dropout prevention program. Recent statistics put the daily rate of dropouts in high schools throughout this country at approximately five thousand students a day, certainly an alarming statistic for the 21st century. The NCLB Act strives to change that statistic by providing successful academic school environments for all students, including those most at-risk, and assuring that no child is left behind.


This grant program awards funds to State Education Agencies or local school districts and is designed to implement research-based, sustainable, and coordinated school dropout prevention and re-entry programs for students in grades 6-12. The grants are meant to support the following types of activities: professional development, counseling and mentoring for at-risk students, reduction in teacher-student ratios, and the implementation of comprehensive high school reform models.

Additionally, the Department will create a national recognition program that identifies schools that have been effective in lowering dropout rates for all students.

Outcomes and Products

  • Compliance with National Center for Education Statistics requirements by 2004
  • Legislatively mandated data collection authorization on the "effectiveness" of the programs
  • The establishment of a national clearinghouse that will disseminate information on effective school drop-out prevention and re-entry program research and practices

FY 2001 to FY 2004



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