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Dropout Recovery Pilot Program



**Note: The budget for this grant program has expired and is no longer being funded.**

The purpose of the Dropout Recovery Pilot Program (DRPP) is to identify and recruit students who have already dropped out of Texas public schools and provide them services designed to enable them to earn a high school diploma or complete an alternative path to college by demonstrating college readiness.

Anticipated Outcomes:

Students who have dropped out will either earn a High School Diploma or demonstrated College Readiness.

College readiness is defined by completing one of the following:

  • Earning a General Educational Development Certificate
  • Meeting minimum passing standards on a Texas Success Initiative approved instrument
  • Earning college credit in a core course or through advanced technical credit

Key Features:

  • Provides maximum flexibility to meet individual student needs, including:
    • a wide array of academic and social supports, including child care and transportation
    • open entry to and open exit from program
    • a variety of instructional programming, including online courses
    • multiple scheduling options, including weekend and evening classes
  •  DRPP is a pay for performance model based upon progress and performance of individual students. In addition to state payments for Average Daily Attendance (ADA) or equalization payments for those grantees not eligible for ADA, grantees may earn up to $2,000 per student including: 
    • Up to $1,000 for meeting benchmarks; and
    • $1,000 for earning a diploma or demonstrating college readiness

Proven Dropout Prevention Strategy

The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention and recovery. The Texas Dropout Recovery Program encourages rigorous and relevant instruction to better engage students in learning academic and social skills necessary to complete high school and to prepare them for postsecondary success.


  • School districts
  • Open-enrollment charter schools
  • Education Service Centers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Institutions of higher education
  • County departments of education.


Total Grantees - 2008-2012: 42

  • 2012 Active Grantees: 34
    • 26 districts
    •   3 charter schools
    •   2 non-profit
    •   3 institutions of higher education

Outcomes through 12/31/2011 

  • 2,042 dropouts were projected to be served in grantee grant applications submitted to TEA,141 dropouts actually recovered
  • 8,384 dropouts were actually served by grantees; exceeding projected expectations
  • 2,588 participants earned a high school diploma or demonstrated college readiness
  • 1,044 students enrolled in an Institution of Higher Education
  • 8,112 unique academic performance benchmarks were achieved
  • expected to return a total of $98 million in net public benefits to the state of Texas after accounting for initial program costs

Student Profile: Cycles 1 and 2

  • 40% last attended grade 9
  • 25% last attended grade 12
  • 75% economically disadvantaged
  • 23% limited English proficient
  • 12% special education
  • 82% traditionally under represented in college-going populations

An external evaluator, Arroyo Research Services, is conducting an evaluation of the effectiveness of the DRPP. Preliminary report to be issued mid-February, 2011 and a final report to be issued January 2013. 

Funding Information

  •  FY2008 - Cycle 1 (August 28, 2008 - May 31, 2010) - $5,945,316
  •  FY2009 - Cycle 2 (June 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010) - $6,195,925
  •  FY2010 - Cycle 3 (June 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011) - $4,258,000
  •  FY2010 - Cycle 1, Year 2 (July 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011) - $1,773,000
  •  FY2011 - Pay for Performance-Cycle 1 and 2 (February 1, 2011 - February 28, 2013) - $877,782
  •  FY2011 - Paty for Performance Renewal (August 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012) - $680.000
  • Total: $21,012,241
  • No funding was appropriated in the 2012-2013 biennium


Laws and Rules

  • General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 51(a), 81st Legislature, 2009
  • Texas Education Code §39.411(c)
  • Texas Administrative Code §102.1056


Professional Development

In December 2009, TEA began working with Jobs For the Future (JFF) to provide professional development to TDRPP grantees and to assist in the development of model dropout recovery sites for replication. TEA is also working with JFF to develop a long-term and short-term strategic plan regarding the future direction of dropout recovery initiatives in Texas.

Visit for more information and free resources.

Texas Dropout Recovery Network

In summer 2010, the TEA launched the Texas Dropout Recovery Network (TDRN). Through this Network, TEA offers professional development institutes and webinars to its members, an opportunity to connect with others throughout the state who are engaged in the same work, updates on available resources, and a forum for having the accomplishments of your program recognized.

Dropout Recovery Resource Guide

In 2007, Texas was conducted a study to identify effective dropout recovery programs through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education School Dropout Prevention Program. In December 2008, the Dropout Recovery Resource Guide was developed from this study which identified effective dropout recovery programs, strategies and practices being implemented in Texas. The Guide offers information on:

  • The distinct components of the dropout recovery process
  • Identification
  • Tracking
  • Recovery
  • Post-recovery components that are provided to all at-risk students in alternative academic or credit recovery programs
  • Re-enrollment
  • Provision of education and support services
  • Preparation for post-secondary education and employment

For more information, please see the Texas Dropout Recovery Resource Guide.  


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