School Improvement

Dropout Prevention and Persistence to Graduation

Published: 4/15/2024 9:08 AM

​​​​​What is Persistence to Graduation?​

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) provides a variety of supports to schools and districts to identify students who may be off-track for College and Career Readiness, promotion, and/or on-time graduation and provide interventions to support students until they earn a diploma. ​The Persistence to Graduation team, within the Division of Student Success, provides technical assistance and professional learning grounded in evidence, mindful communication, and inclusivity for school communities as they build healthy climate and cultures that supports equity for all students as they persist towards academic and social success.  ​

Technical assistance and support is available in the following areas of dropout prevention:

1) Early Warning and Persistence to Graduati​on Data Tool​s​ - data tools that provide a comprehensive view of student success.

2) Insights​ - a new module in Infinite Campus that makes it easier to use data, filter by groups, and see student information with a focus on warning indicators. 

3) Chronic Absenteeism - ​understanding what the barriers are to student attendance and implementing strategies to address absenteeism​.

Save the Date: Persistence to Graduation Summit 2024

Mark your calendars to attend the annual Persistence to Graduation Summit. Hosted by the Kentucky Department of Education Division of Student Success (DSS), the summit will be held June 11-12, 2024,​ at the Hilton in downtown Lexington.

During this two-day event, superintendents, district level personnel, school administrators, school counselors, educators, family resource and youth services center coordinators, school mental health and social service professionals, and community partners from across Kentucky will convene to share information and best practices to support students who may experience challenges to reaching graduation. Engaging and interactive sessions will be led by facilitators from across the state and will include:

  • ​Student Transition and Re-engagement Strategies 
  • Alternative Education Programming
  • Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities
  • Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
  • Effective Use of Education Technology​
These sessions are designed to be more engaging than the typical “sit and get” format of most conferences and are structured to encourage dialogue and exchanges that leverage the expertise of the session participants as well as the session leaders. Facilitators will engage with participants throughout the session and help cultivate an interactive experience, mirroring the type of interactions that take place in highly engaging classrooms. Participants will have prior access to any materials submitted by facilitators.

​​Registration​ for the summit is available at no cost to participants through Title IV, Part A funding. R​egistration is limited to the first 300 participants.


KRS 158.145 - Findings and declarations on school dropout rate

KRS 156.146​ - Establishment of strategy to address school dropout problem

KRS 159.010 - Age limits for compulsory attendance - notification and counseling prior to withdrawal - encouragement to reenroll after withdrawal

KRS 159.051 - No Pass/No Drive

KRS 159.030​ - Exemptions from compulsory attendance

Federal Guidance

Chronic Absenteeism​

​Practice Briefs

Alternative Education

Community Partnerships

Culture and Climate

Student Transitions and Reengagement

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​Judi Vanderhaar
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Student Success
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772 Ext. 4044
Fax (502) 564-7820

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