- Recruiting--actively seeking out recent dropouts rather than waiting for them to find the program
- Flexible scheduling--providing a flexible school day and year, which is so necessary for dropouts juggling work and family obligations. This ECS brief provides more details about these elements of the Texas initiative
- Accelerated academics--including credit recovery and self-paced, online credit attainment
- Social supports to address other barriers to coming to school, such as "case management; childcare ...; transportation or bus tickets, bikes; clothing; food assistance"
- Transitions to postsecondary--returning dropouts may have college as their goal, but no direction on how to get there. The summary doc provides several examples of approaches to help returning dropouts get a foot in the door in postsecondary programs.
The hallmarks of this program should be considered by other states as they seek to improve their dropout prevention/recovery offerings.