Dropout Prevention Institute

Dropout Prevention Research


MCPER is committed to decreasing dropout rates and increasing school engagement, thus addressing a significant problem facing educators and society. Dropping out of school has significant individual, societal, and economic consequences that greatly affect an individual’s ability to remain competitive in a world with increasing demands for high levels of literacy and academic knowledge. Students who drop out of high school and who cannot read and write proficiently may not be able to participate fully in society in the future, contributing to problems such as increased crime and decreased economic productivity (August & Shanahan, 2006). For example, dropouts from the class of 2006 cost the nation more than $309 billion in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2007). In response to these problems, MCPER research and product development will guide leaders' efforts to curb the current trends.


Institute of Education Sciences (IES) practice guides:

Research Findings/Ongoing Work

MCPER and the Greater Texas Foundation completed two briefs that synthesize and “translate” the IES practice guide Dropout Prevention (see link above): a brief for administrators and policymakers and a brief for teachers. MCPER also developed a brief that summarizes the research and recommendations found in the IES practice guide Helping Students Navigate the Path to College (see link above). For more information about our research projects, visit our Projects page.