Effective dropout prevention is a comprehensive programming effort that targets individual students, parents, school personnel and the community at large. Kentucky's dropout prevention efforts are predicated upon the belief that each student is unique and must be nurtured in a manner that will meet their individual needs. To this end, the Kentucky Department of Education promotes comprehensive dropout strategies that are grounded in research and address locally identified needs. KDE has created a new online Dropout Prevention Resource Guide offering strategies to keep students in school.
Also, in a effort to help KY's dropout prevention program, the Legislative Branch passed the No Pass, No Drive Law during the 2007 legislative session, and affects every public school in Kentucky. Schools will use academic and attendance data from the fall semester of the 2007-08 school year to determine whether 16 and 17-year-old students are compliant with the law. The Dropout Prevention Branch in KDE has created a PowerPoint presentation to explain requirements of the law; a list of frequently asked questions is also included in the PowerPoint (to view the PowerPoint, click the link above).