The General Assembly sent Governor Rendell legislation, HB 101, aimed at preventing school dropouts by requiring the Pennsylvania Department of Education to implement a data-collection and reporting system for dropout and graduation rates in all public school districts.

Currently, the state's school districts are required to notify the Pennsylvania Department of Education when a student drops out or transfers to another school. However, the information does not have to include an explanation as to why the student dropped out, giving the state no way to identify and prevent common causes of dropping out, according to a analysis released by the House Democratic Caucus.