The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC)  identified 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention that have the most positive impact on reducing school dropout. These strategies appear to be independent, but actually work well together and frequently overlap. Although they can be implemented as stand-alone strategies, positive outcomes will result when school districts or other agencies develop program improvement plans that encompass most or all these strategies.

NDPC conducts and analyzes research; sponsors workshops and national conferences; and collaborates with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to further the mission of reducing Americas dropout rate by meeting the needs of youth in at-risk situations, including students with disabilities.