Colorado Dropout Prevention Framework

This robust resource for district and school teams is grounded in the four core components of student success systems. It outlines five foundational practices and prioritizes four strategies to reduce dropout rates and increase student engagement in learning, graduation rates, credit attainment, and preparation for postsecondary options.

Foundational Practices

  • Connected Relationships and Culture
  • Strong Family and Community Relationships
  • Relevant and Engaging Learning Opportunities
  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • Aligned Policies and Practices to Build Coherence


  • On-Track/Early Warning Systems
  • Multiple Pathways to Graduation
  • Counseling the Whole Child
  • Persistence, Recovery, and Reengagement

Implemented within an equity frame focused on improving access, processes, and outcomes, these foundational practices and strategies are intended to help districts and schools develop a systemic approach to dropout prevention that benefits all students, including those with diverse learning needs. Taking a systemic approach to student success provides opportunities to increase student readiness for postsecondary options, reduce disparities in statewide data, and ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn and succeed in their postsecondary aspirations.

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