Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities



If you are interested in finding out more about this research alliance or membership, contact:

BethAnn Berliner

To reduce dropout outcomes for students with disabilities, the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) is partnering with REL West and the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) to provide technical assistance and research support to a set of rural and urban schools with large numbers of students with disabilities, English learners, and families living in poverty.

This alliance fosters an intentional learning community, bringing together school teams with special education and dropout prevention leaders to collect and use data and evidence-based practices to develop interventions, study improvement efforts, and share findings.

Goals and Objectives

The central goal of the alliance is to decrease the dropout rate for students with disabilities and prepare them to successfully transition to postsecondary education or workforce training by:

  • Routinizing the use of data and analysis to flag indicators of students off track to graduate, signal student and family intervention needs, monitor receipt of interventions, and assess implementation of interventions and outcomes.
  • Encouraging the use of emergent and evidence-based policy and practice to innovate at the state and local levels.
  • Supporting alliance members to operate as a learning community through inquiry, conducting studies of improvement efforts, and building research capacity.


Alliance membership includes the Utah State Office of Education, the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, and leadership teams from participating schools.

Current alliance advisory committee members include additional USOE staff, the Utah Special Education Consortium, Utah Personnel Development Center, Utah Parent Center, Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center, and West Comprehensive Center.


Alliance Events and Webinars

Dropout Prevention: Digging Deeper, February 2014

Every Day Counts: Increasing Attendance to Improve Student Outcomes, September 2013

Using SMART Goals to Improve Dropout Prevention Plans, September 2013

Effective Dropout Prevention Teams: Meetings and Action Plans, April 2013

Sharing Progress and Identifying Support for Dropout Prevention, February 2013

Learning to Use Early Warning System Tools, October 2012