Model Program Rating System

The rating scale for the programs selected for the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) database of Model Programs is based on the evaluation literature of specific prevention, intervention, and recovery programs. The overall rating is derived from three summary dimensions of program effectiveness:

  • The number of years program in existence
  • The evaluation design
  • The empirical evidence demonstrating the prevention or reduction of dropouts or the improvement in graduation rates and/or significant impact on dropout-related risk factors.

A brief description of the rating criteria is provided below:

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness * * *

These programs have been in existence for three years or more. They were evaluated using an experimental design conducted by an external evaluation team and have strong empirical evidence demonstrating program effectiveness in reducing dropout and/or increasing graduation rates and/or having significant impact on dropout-related risk factors.
Strong Evidence of Effectiveness Programs

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness * *

These programs have been in existence for three years or more. They were evaluated using a quasi-experimental design conducted by an external or internal evaluation team and have adequate empirical evidence demonstrating program effectiveness in reducing dropout and/or increasing graduation rates and/or having significant impact on dropout-related risk factors.
Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness Programs

Limited Evidence of Effectiveness *

These programs may be relatively new programs. They were evaluated using a limited evaluation design (single group pre- and post-test) conducted by an external or internal evaluation team. They have promising empirical evidence demonstrating program effectiveness in reducing dropout and/or increasing graduation rates and/or having significant impact on dropout-related risk factors that requires confirmation using more appropriate experimental techniques.
Limited Evidence of Effectiveness Programs

Insufficient Evidence of Effectiveness

These programs have dated evaluation results that require additional information before a rating category is determined.
Insufficient Evidence of Effectiveness Programs

All program and evaluation information has been provided by the program's contact person. The National Dropout Prevention Center will review the information periodically and make changes, updates, and deletions as required to ensure the accuracy and quality of the information provided.