Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities

Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities Staff at REL West

To reduce dropout outcomes for students with disabilities, REL West partnered with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), along with 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 all students, including students with disabilities, and prepare them to successfully transition to postsecondary education options. To accomplish this goal, alliance members focus on:

  • Using data to identify and support students at risk of dropping out.
  • Reducing dropout and increasing graduation among all students, and especially students with disabilities.
  • Developing a better understanding of what works to prevent students with disabilities from dropping out.


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

Alliance Events and Webinars

Preventing and Responding to Student Suicide: Promising Strategies for Schools, September 2015

Using Data to Inform Local Early Warning System Implementation, May 2015

Supporting Student Resiliency in Trauma-Sensitive Schools, April 2015

Building Shared Knowledge: Effective Use of Multi-Tiered Student Supports as a Dropout Prevention Strategy [webinar], February 2015

Every Day Counts: Policy Forum, September 2014

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 [webinar], 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