Does the state require children to attend kindergarten?

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

Does the state require children to attend kindergarten?

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 

Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Citations
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas Yes Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-207, Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-201
California No
Colorado No
Connecticut Yes Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-184, Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-15c
Delaware Yes Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1049
District of Columbia Yes D.C. Code Ann. § 38-202
Florida No
Georgia No
Hawaii Yes Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-411 (West)
Idaho No Idaho Code Ann. § 33-208 (West)
Illinois No 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/10-20.12
Indiana No Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-2-8 (West)
Iowa Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Kansas No Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-1171 (West)
Kentucky No Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.030 (West)
Louisiana Yes - or otherwise satisfactorily pass an academic readiness screening upon enrollment in grade 1. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:151.3;
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXV, 1107
Maine Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Maryland Yes Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 7-301 (West)
Massachusetts Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Michigan No Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1147
Minnesota No Minn. Stat. Ann. § 120A.20
Mississippi Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Missouri No Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.053
Montana No Mont. Code Ann. § 20-5-102
Nebraska No Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-201;
Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-214
Nevada Yes - or otherwise be assessed as prepared to enter grade 1. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 392.040
New Hampshire No N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 193:1
New Jersey No- children are required to attend full-day kindergarten in Abbott Districts. N.J. Admin. Code §6A:24-3.2
New Mexico Yes N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2;
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-12-2
New York No - children are required to attend full-day kindergarten in Syracuse, New York City, Rochester, Utica, Buffalo, Cohoes, Watervliet, and Yonkers school districts. N.Y. Educ. Law § 3205
North Carolina No- the initial entry point into school is kindergarten, but a principal may override this for an exceptionally mature student and place the child in grade 1 by the principal. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-378;
N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-364
North Dakota No
Ohio Yes Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3321.01
Oklahoma Yes Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 10-105
Oregon No. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.095
Pennsylvania No 24 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 5-503
Rhode Island Yes 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-28
South Carolina Yes S.C. Code Ann. § 59-65-10
South Dakota Yes - all children must attend kindergarten before age 7. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-27-1
Tennessee Yes Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-201
Texas No Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 42.003
Utah No Utah Code Ann. § 53A-3-402.7
Vermont No
Virginia Yes Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-199
Washington No Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.225.010
West Virginia Yes W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-8-1a
Wisconsin Yes - children must attend in districts that offer kindergarten. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.33(6)(cm)
Wyoming Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations.

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