About the Project
The Arizona Department of Education's Department of Innovative and Exemplary Programs conceived this Toolkit as a strategy to foster a community of learners regarding dropout prevention and support for passing AIMS (Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards). The Toolkit was developed by LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc. for the Arizona Department of Education.
This Toolkit is a practical, usable application that provides research findings, best practice guidelines, reflective practice and knowledge sharing on successful dropout programs. It is for people interested in designing, implementing, and improving program practice in schools, districts, and the greater educational community in Arizona.
Arizona Department of Education. In April 2000, the Arizona Department of Education implemented the AIMS Intervention and Dropout Prevention (AIMS IDP) Program with the enactment of A.R.S. §15-809 by the Arizona Legislature. The purpose of the program is to increase the graduation rate of Arizona's at-risk youth by providing academic support and to prepare them to become productive members of society after leaving school through instruction in Arizona workplace skills, leadership, and civic duty.
In 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09, the Arizona Department of Education funded
39 programs across the state. Each program participated in a program evaluation to identify successful strategies and best practices that could be shared across programs.
LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc. collected evaluative information through progress reports, site visits, director and staff questionnaires, and participant interviews to identify successful strategies and best practices. They combined the evaluation findings with a review of the literature of best practices and successful strategies to create this practical toolkit for those working in the field of dropout prevention. LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc. is a Tucson-based research firm with experience in conducting numerous program evaluation projects for education and prevention programs throughout Arizona.