Minimum number of days or hours per school year

Minimum number of days or hours per school year

April 2018


There are many exceptions to instructional time requirements across states and not all of them are indicated in this 50-State Comparison. Unless otherwise indicated, states that have hours per year and days per year require both. View the full instructional time database here. If you have questions or comments, please contact Sarah Pompelia at spompelia@ecs.org.
 

Days Hours
Alabama 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: Ala.Code 1975 § 16-13-231
1,080 hours

Citations: Ala.Code 1975 § 16-13-231
Alaska 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: AS § 14.03.030
Grades K-3 ~ 740 hours
Grades 4-12 ~ 900 hours

Notes: For all grades, hours only apply if board submits an acceptable plan under which students will receive the educational equivalent of 180 days.

Citations: AS § 14.03.030
Arizona 180 days

Citations: A.R.S. § 15-341.01
Half-day K ~ 356 hours
Grades 1-3 ~ 712 hours
Grades 4-6 ~ 890 hours
Grades 7-8 ~ 1000 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 720 hours

Notes: Excludes lunch and recess for grades K-8. Students in grades 9-12 must enroll in at least 4 subjects, in addition to the hour requirement.

Citations: A.R.S. § 15-901
Arkansas 178 days

Notes: Includes a minimum of 10 days (60 hours) professional development/in-service and a minimum of 2 days for parent/teacher conferences.

Citations: 2009 Rules Governing Standards for Accreditation
N/A
California 180 days

Notes: Charter schools and select districts are required 175 days. More details may be found at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/lcffitfaq.asp

Citations: West's Ann.Cal.Educ.Code § 46200, 41420
Kindergarten ~ 600 hours
Grades 1-3 ~ 840 hours
Grades 4-8 ~ 900 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 1,080 hours

Notes: State specifies instructional time in minutes. More details may be found at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/lcffitfaq.asp

Citations: West's Ann.Cal.Educ.Code § 46201, 46201.5, 46207
Colorado 160 days

Citations: C.R.S.A. § 22-32-109
Half-day K ~ 435 hours
Full-day K ~ 870 hours
Grades 1-5 ~ 968 hours
Grades 6-12 ~ 1,056 hours

Notes: Excludes parent-teacher conferences and staff in-service programs.

Citations: C.R.S.A. § 22-32-109
Connecticut 180 days

Citations: C.G.S.A. § 10-16
Half-day K ~ 450 hours
Full-day K-12 ~ 900 hours

Citations: C.G.S.A. § 10-16
Delaware N/A Grades K-11 ~ 1,060 hours
Grade 12 ~ 1,032 hours

Citations: 14 Del.C. § 1049
District of Columbia 180 days

Citations: D.C. Mun. Regs. Subt. 5-A, § A2100.3, Subt. 5-E 305
N/A
Florida 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: West's F.S.A. § 1003.02, 1001.42
Grades K-3 ~ 720 hours
Grades 4-12 ~ 900 hours

Citations: West's F.S.A. § 1011.61
Georgia 180 days

Notes: Or equivalent.

Citations: Ga. Code Ann., § 20-2-168
N/A
Hawaii 180 days

Notes: Excludes professional development and other non-instructional days. Does not apply to charter and multi-track schools.

Citations: HRS § 302A-251
1,080 hours

Notes: Does not apply to charter and multi-track schools.

Citations: HRS § 302A-251
Idaho District option

Citations: I.C. § 33-512
Kindergarten ~ 450 hours
Grades 1-3 ~ 810 hours
Grades 4-8 ~ 900 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 990 hours

Notes: Includes up to 22 hours for staff development. Excludes recess, lunch and passing periods.

Citations: I.C. § 33-512
Illinois 180 days

Notes: Includes up to 4 professional development days.

Citations: 105 ILCS 5/10-19.1
N/A
Indiana 180 days

Notes: 0

Citations: IC 20-30-2-3
N/A
Iowa 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: I.C.A. § 279.10
1,080 hours

Citations: I.C.A. § 279.10
Kansas Grades K-11 ~ 186 days
Grade 12 ~ 181 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: K.S.A. 72-3115
Kindergarten ~ 465 hours
Grades 1-11 ~ 1116 hours
Grade 12 ~ 1086 hours

Citations: K.S.A. 72-3115
Kentucky 170 days

Notes: 185-day calendar that includes 170 instructional days, plus 4 days for professional development.

Citations: KRS § 158.070
1,062 hours

Citations: KRS § 158.070
Louisiana 177 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year. Early dismissal of seniors allowed up to 10 instructional days.

Citations: LSA-R.S. 17:154.1
1,062 hours

Notes: State specifies instructional time in minutes.

Citations: La. Admin Code. tit. 28, Pt CXV, § 333
Maine 175 days

Notes: Students in grade 12 may have their year reduced to 170 days.

Citations: 20-A M.R.S.A. § 4801; 05-071 CMR Ch. 125, § 6.02
N/A
Maryland 180 days

Notes: 0

Citations: MD Code, Education, § 7-103
1,080 hours
1,170 hours for public high schools

Citations: MD Code, Education, § 7-103
COMAR 13A.03.02.12
Massachusetts N/A

Notes: Schools must operate at least 180 days/year. Instructional time measured in hours.

Citations: M.G.L.A. 69 § 1G; 603 CMR 27.03
Kindergarten ~ 425 hours
Grades 1-5 ~ 900 hours
Grades 6-12 ~ 990 hours

Notes: Excludes lunch, recess, passing periods, homeroom, non-directed study periods and time spent receiving school services or participating in optional school programs.

Citations: 603 CMR 27.03
603 CMR 27.04
Michigan 180 days

Notes: If a collective bargaining agreement that provides a complete school calendar was in effect, then this does not apply until after the expiration of that collective bargaining agreement.

Citations: M.C.L.A. 388.1701
1,098 hours

Citations: M.C.L.A. 388.1701
Minnesota Grades 1-11 ~ 165 days

Citations: M.S.A. § 120A.41
Kindergarten ~ 425 hours
Full-day K ~ 850 hours
Grades 1-6 ~ 935 hours
Grades 7-12 ~ 1,020 hours

Citations: M.S.A. § 120A.41
Mississippi 180 days

Citations: Miss. Code Ann. § 37-13-63
N/A
Missouri 5-day week ~ 174 days
4-day week ~ 142 days

Citations: V.A.M.S. 171.031
Kindergarten ~ 522 hours
Grades 1-12 ~ 1,044 hours

Citations: V.A.M.S. 171.031 V.A.M.S. 163.021
Montana N/A Half-day K ~ 360 hours
Full-day K-3 ~ 720 hours
Grades 4-12 ~ 1,080 hours

Notes: Includes an additional 3 days for instructional and professional development. For graduating seniors, 1,050 hours.

Citations: MCA 20-1-301
Mont.Admin.R. 10.65.101
Nebraska N/A Kindergarten ~ 400 hours
Grades 1-8 ~ 1,032 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 1,080 hours

Citations: Neb. Rev.St. § 79-211, 212
Nevada 180 days

Notes: May include up to 5 days for professional development with approval from superintendent of public instruction.

Citations: N.R.S. 388.090; Nev. Admin. Code 387.120
N/A
New Hampshire 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year. High school seniors’ school year may be reduced by up to 5 days or 30 hours

Citations: N.H. Rev. Stat. § 189:1, 24; N.H. Code Admin. R. 306.18
Kindergarten ~ 450 hours
Elementary schools ~ 945 hours
Middle and high schools ~ 990 hours

Citations: N.H. Code Admin. R. 306.18
New Jersey 180 days

Citations: N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-9
N/A
New Mexico N/A Half-day K ~ 450 hours
Full-day K-6 ~ 990 hours
Grades 7-12 ~ 1080 hours

Notes: 33 hours of the full-day K program and 22 hours of grades 1-6 may be used for home visits by the teacher or for parent-teacher conferences. 12 hours of grades 7-12 may be used to consult with parents or for parent-teacher conferences.

Citations: N. M. S. A. 1978, § 22-2-8.1
New York 180 days

Citations: McKinney's Education Law § 3604
N/A
North Carolina 185 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: N.C.G.S.A. § 115C-84.2
1,025 hours

Citations: N.C.G.S.A. § 115C-84.2
North Dakota 175 days

Notes: In a 182-day calendar, 175 days are required for instruction, at least 2 days must be used for professional development and no more than 2 days may be used for parent-teacher conferences.

Citations: NDCC § 15.1-06-04
N/A

Notes: Any reconfigured school year must include at least: Grades K-8 ~ 951.5 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 1,038 hours

Citations: NDCC § 15.1-06-05
Ohio District option

Citations: R.C. § 3313.48
Half-day K ~ 455 hours
Full-day K-6 ~ 910 hours
Grades 7-12 ~ 1,001 hours

Citations: R.C. § 3313.48
Oklahoma 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: 70 Okl.St.Ann. § 1-109
1,080 hours

Notes: Includes up to 30 hours used for professional meetings and 6 hours per semester for parent-teacher conferences.

Citations: 70 Okl.St.Ann. § 1-109
Oregon N/A Half-day K ~ 450 hours
Full-day K-8 ~ 900 hours
Grades 9-11 ~ 990 hours
Grade 12 ~ 966 hours

Notes: May include up to 30 hours of professional development and up to 30 hours of parent-teacher conferences. Includes recess for grades K-3.

Citations: OAR 581-022-2320
Pennsylvania 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: 22 Pa. Code § 11.1
Kindergarten ~ 450 hours
Grades 1-8 ~ 900 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 990 hours

Citations: 22 Pa. Code § 11.1
22 Pa. Code § 51.61
Rhode Island 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: Gen.Laws 1956, § 16-2-2
1,080 hours

Citations: Gen.Laws 1956, § 16-2-2
South Carolina 180 days

Notes: 3 days must be used for professional development; no more than 2 days may be used for the preparation of opening schools; and 5 days must be used for teacher planning, academic plans and parent conferences to total 190 days.

Citations: Code 1976 § 59-1-425
N/A
South Dakota District option

Citations: SDCL § 13-26-1
Kindergarten ~ 437.5 hours
Grades 1-5 ~ 875 hours
Grades 6-12 ~ 962.5 hours

Notes: Includes intermissions for grades 1-5. Excludes intermissions for grades 6-12. School boards may release graduating seniors prior to the end of the school year.

Citations: SDCL § 13-26-1
SDCL § 13-26-2
Tennessee 180 days

Notes: Plus 5 days for in-service and 1 day for parent-teacher conferences.

Citations: T. C. A. § 49-6-3004
N/A
Texas N/A 1,260 hours

Notes: Includes intermissions and recesses. State specifies instructional time in minutes.

Citations: V.T.C.A., Education Code § 25.081
Utah 180 days

Notes: Includes parent-teacher conferences or college and career conferences for up to 16.5 hours or 3 full school days.

Citations: U.A.C. R277-419
Kindergarten ~ 450 hours
Grade 1 ~ 810 hours
Grades 2-12 ~ 990 hours

Citations: U.A.C. R277-419
Vermont 175 days

Notes: Plus at least 5 days of teacher in-service education days.

Citations: 16 V.S.A. § 1071
N/A
Virginia 180 days

Notes: District option to meet either minimum hours/year or minimum days/year.

Citations: VA Code Ann. § 22.1-98
Kindergarten ~ 540 hours
Grades 1-12 ~ 990 hours

Citations: VA Code Ann. § 22.1-79.1
Washington 180 days

Citations: West's RCWA 28A.150.220
Grades K-8 ~ 1,000 hours
Grades 9-12 ~ 1,080 hours

Citations: West's RCWA 28A.150.220
West Virginia 180 days

Citations: W. Va. Code, § 18-5-45
N/A
Wisconsin N/A Kindergarten ~ 437 hours
Grades 1-6 ~ 1,050 hours
Grades 7-12 ~ 1,137 hours

Citations: W.S.A. 121.02
Wyoming 175 days

Citations: W.S.1977 § 21-4-301
Kindergarten ~ 450 hours
Elementary ~ 900 hours
Middle/Jr. High ~ 1,050 hours
Secondary ~ 1,100 hours

Citations: WY Rules and Regulations EDU GEN Ch. 22 s 5

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