Student Accountability Initiatives: State Has Set 18 as Upper Compulsory School
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Student Accountability Initiatives: State Has Set 18 as Upper Compulsory School

These laws relate to the upper age states set for mandatory student attendance, which are typically from 16-18. Parents and guardians who fail to send their compulsory age children to school typically face criminal penalties.

Why does it matter? Parents and students need to know that attendance matters, and that there are consequences to not attending school.

Highlights:



State has set 18 as upper compulsory school age
Alabama No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Alaska No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Arizona No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Arkansas No, the upper compulsory age is 17
California Yes
Colorado No, the upper compulsory age is 17
Connecticut Yes
Delaware No, the upper compulsory age is 16
District of Columbia Yes
Florida No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Georgia No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Hawaii Yes
Idaho No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Illinois No, the upper compulsory age is 17
Indiana Yes
Iowa No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Kansas Yes
Kentucky No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Louisiana Yes
Maine No, the upper compulsory age is 17
Maryland No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Massachusetts No, the upper compulsory age is set by the local school board
Michigan No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Minnesota No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Mississippi No, the upper compulsory age is 17
Missouri No, the upper compulsory age is determined by the local school district
Montana No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Nebraska Yes
Nevada Yes
New Hampshire Yes
New Jersey No, the upper compulsory age is 16
New Mexico Yes
New York No, the upper compulsory age is 16
North Carolina No, the upper compulsory age is 16
North Dakota No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Ohio Yes
Oklahoma Yes
Oregon Yes
Pennsylvania No, the upper compulsory age is 17
Rhode Island No, the upper compulsory age is 16
South Carolina No, the upper compulsory age is 17
South Dakota Yes
Tennessee No, the upper compulsory age is 17
Texas Yes
Utah Yes
Vermont No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Virginia Yes
Washington Yes
West Virginia No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Wisconsin Yes
Wyoming No, the upper compulsory age is 16
Puerto Rico No, there is no upper compulsory age
Virgin Islands No, the upper compulsory age is 16


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