This program supports the development and implementation of effective, sustainable, and coordinated school dropout prevention and reentry programs. An additional purpose is
for SEAs to create collaborations with other agencies and work with local educational agencies to assist schools in dropout prevention and reentry activities, including using eighth-grade assessments and other data to develop and implement individual performance plans for students entering the ninth grade who are at risk of failing to meet challenging state academic standards and of dropping out of high school. The dropout prevention and reentry strategies implemented by the SEA must be scientifically-based,
sustainable, and widely replicated. SEAs must use the funds received under this competition to support activities in schools that serve students in grades 6 through 12 and have annual school dropout rates that are above the state average annual dropout rate, or in the middle schools that feed students into the schools described above.