The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention and recovery. The agency implements the following proven strategies through its dropout prevention and recovery programs. (Links will open in a new browser window.)
Data systems identify struggling students who need early intervention.
Research suggests that the effectiveness of dropout prevention programs depends on the extent to which students are identified early, their needs are determined, and appropriate services are provided to these students.
Learning environments are challenging and personalized for each student.
Within a personalized learning environment, TEA encourages rigorous and relevant instruction to better engage students in learning academic and social skills necessary to complete high school and to prepare them for postsecondary success.
Mentors are used as role models and advocates for students.
Research indicates that providing mentors or adult advocates for students at-risk of dropping out of school is an effective dropout prevention strategy to help students address academic, social, and emotional needs that are barriers to academic achievement.
Students who are behind in school receive academic support.
Providing targeted academic support can help to address skill gaps and enrich the learning environment for students who are off track and struggling.
Federal and State Education Policy