How many hours are required for grades K-3?

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

How many hours are required for grades K-3?

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.
 

How many hours are required for grades K-3? Citations
Alabama Approximately 1080 hours required per year, or, the same schedule as the elementary school in which the kindergarten program takes place. Ala.Code 1975 § 16-13-231, AL ADC 290-5-1-.01
Alaska 740 hours per year for grades K-3 (~4 hours/day for grades 1-3). Alaska Stat. Ann. § 14.03.030;
Alaska Stat. Ann. § 14.03.040
Arizona 356 hours per year for kindergarten. 712 hours per year for grades 1-3. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-901
Arkansas 6 hours/day; 30 hours/week A.C.A. § 6-16-102
California 600 hours per year for kindergarten (3 hours/day). 840 hours per year for grades 1-3 (3.83 hours/day) Cal. Educ. Code § 46117;
Cal. Educ. Code § 46112;
Cal. Educ. Code § 46201
Colorado 435 hours for half-day kindergarten pupil. 870 hours for full-day kindergarten pupil. 968 hours for grades elementary grades. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-32-109 (II)(A)
Connecticut 450 hours per year for half-day kindergarten, 900 hours per year for full-day kindergarten and grades 1-3 Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-16,
Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-15
Delaware 1060 hours per year for grades K-3. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1049
District of Columbia 6 hours per day minimum in grades 1-3. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 5-A, § 2100
Florida 720 hours per year in grades K-3. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1011.61
Georgia 4.5 hours per day for grades K-3. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 160-5-1-.02
Hawaii 1080 hours per year for elementary and secondary grades. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-251
Idaho 450 hours per year for kindergarten. 810 hours per year for grades 1-3. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-512 
Illinois 2 hours per day for half-day kindergarten.
4 hours per day for full-day kindergarten and first grade.
5 hours per day for all other grades.
105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/18-8.05
Indiana 5 hours per day for grades 1-6 Ind. Code Ann. § 20-30-2-2 
Iowa 1,080 hours per year in grades 1-12 (~6.5 hours/day or 30 hours/week). I.C.A. § 279.10;
I.C.A. § 256.7
Kansas 465 hours per year for kindergarten. 1,116 hours per year for grades 1-11. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3115
Kentucky 6 hours per day for all grades except kindergarten, which may be operated for less than 6 hours per day. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.060 (West)
Louisiana 6 hours per day for grades 1-12. (1062 hours/year) La. Stat. Ann. § 17:154.1;
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXV, 333
Maine 2.5 hours per day minimum for kindergarten.
5 hours per day average for all other grades.
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 125, § 6.03;
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 125, § 6.02
Maryland 1,080 hours per year for all grades except high school. Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 7-103 
Massachusetts 425 hours per year for kindergarten. For full-day kindergarten, school committees must ensure equal instructional time for all students.
900 hours per year for elementary school grades.
603 Mass. Code Regs. 27.03;
603 Mass. Code Regs. 27.04
Michigan 1,098 hours per year for grades 1-12 and kindergarten if the school district offers full-day kindergarten. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 388.1701
Minnesota 425 hours per year for half-day kindergarten.
850 hours per year for full-day kindergarten.
935 hours per year for grades 1-6.
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 120A.41 
Mississippi 5.5 hours per day for all grades. Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-13-67 
Missouri 522 hours per year for kindergarten.
1,044 hours per year for all other grades.
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 163.021 
Montana 360 hours per year for half-day kindergarten.
720 hours per year for full-day kindergarten and grades 1-3.
Mont. Code Ann. § 20-1-301
Nebraska 400 hours per year for half-day kindergarten.1,032 hours per year for elementary grades. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-212,
Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-211
Nevada 2 hours per day for kindergarten.
4 hours per day for grades 1-2.
5 hours per day fro grade 3.
Nev. Admin. Code 387.131
New Hampshire 450 hours per year for kindergarten.
945 hours per year for elementary grades.
NH ADC 306.18
New Jersey 2.5 hours for full-day kindergarten. 4 hours for grades 1-12. N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:32-8.3
New Mexico 2.5 hours per day or 450 per year. 5.5 hours per day or 990 hours per year for voluntary full-day kindergarten and grade 1-6. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-2-8.1
New York 2.5 hours for half-day kindergarten. 5 hours for full-day kindergarten and grades 1 through 6. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 175.5
North Carolina 1,025 hour or 185 days for all students. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-84.2
North Dakota 2.75 hours for half-day kindergarten. 5.5 hours for full-day kindergarten and elementary students. N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-22-02;
N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-06-04
Ohio 455 hours per year for half-day kindergarten. 910 hours per year for full-day kindergarten and grade 1-6. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3313.48;
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3321.05
Oklahoma 6 hours per day for K-3 grades (~1,080 hours/year). Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 18-108;
Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1-111
Oregon 450 hours of instruction per year for half-day kindergarten. 900 hours of instruction per year for full-day kindergarten through grade 8. Or. Admin. R. 581-022-2320
Pennsylvania 450 hours per year for kindergarten (~2.5 hours/day). 900 hours of instruction per year for full-day kindergarten through grade 8 (~5 hours/day). 22 Pa. Code § 11.1;
22 Pa. Code § 51.61
Rhode Island 5.5 hour per day for full-day kindergarten. 6 hours per day for grades 1 through 12. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-99-3;
16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-2
South Carolina 6 hours per day for kindergarten and elementary students. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-1-425
South Dakota 437.5 hours per year for half-day kindergarten. 875 hours per year for grades 1-5. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-26-1
Tennessee 4 hours per day for kindergarten. 6.5 hours per day for grades 1-12. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-201: Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-3004
Texas 7 hours per day for full-day kindergarten and all other grades (1,260 hours/year). Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 25.081;
Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 29.0822
Utah 450 hours per year for kindergarten (2 hours/day). 810 hours per year for grade 1. 990 hours per year for grades 2-12. 4 hours per day grades 1-12. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-419
Vermont 2 hours per day or 10 hours per week for kindergarten. 4 hours per day or 20 hours per week for grades 1 and 2. 5.5 hours per day or 27.5 hours per week for grades 3-8. Vermont State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices 2311
Virginia 3 hours per day for kindergarten (~540 hours per year). 5.5 hours for grades 1 through 12 (~990 hours per year). 8 Va. Admin. Code 20-131-150;
VA Code Ann. § 22.1-79.1
Washington 1,000 hour per year for for grades K-8. 1,080 hours for grades 9-12. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.150.220
West Virginia 5.25 hours per day forfor grades K-5. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-5-45;
W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-5-18
Wisconsin 437 hours per year in Kindergarten. 1,050 hours per year for grades 1-6. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 121.02(f)
Wyoming 450 hours per year minimum in Kindergarten. 900 hours per year minimum in elementary grades. Wyo. Admin. Code § EDU GEN Ch. 22 s 5;
Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-2-304

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