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Table 166. Age range for compulsory school attendance and special education services, and policies on year-round schools and kindergarten programs, by state: Selected
           years, 1997 through 2008
                                                                                                             Year-round schools,   Kindergarten education,
                                              Compulsory attendance                                                  2008                    2008
                                                                                                                                                                             School districts
                                                                                                                                                                            required to offer
                                                                                                                                                                  Has
                                                                                                                                                        Has districts
                                                                                                                                       Compulsory policy on      with                              Atten-
                                                                                                                                   special educa-     year-     year-                               dance
                                                                                                                                   tion services,     round     round                    Full-day require
State                       2000               2002              2004            2006                2007                   2008          1997\1\   schools   schools       Program       program       d
1                              2                  3                 4               5                   6                      7                8         9        10            11            12      13
                    7 to 16
Alabama ....................... 7   to    16     7 to          16 \2\7    to   16     7 to       16         7   to   16              6 to 21                  Yes                          X
                    7 to 16
Alaska ......................… 7    to    16     7 to          16 \2\7    to   16     7 to       16         7   to   16              3 to 22                  Yes
                    6 to 16 \2\
Arizona ...................... 6    to    16 \2\ 6 to          16 \2\6    to   16 \2\ 6 to       16 \2\     6   to   16   \2\        3 to 22                  ---           X \3,4\
                    5 to 17 \2\ 5
Arkansas ........................   to    17 \2\ 5 to          17     5   to   17     5 to       17         5   to   17              5 to 21          X       Yes                          X         X
                    6 to 18 \2\ 6
California ......................   to    18     6 to          18     6   to   18     6 to       18         6   to   18          Birth to 21          X       Yes           X

                        ---
Colorado .......................         ---     7 to 16    7 to 16                     6   to   17         6   to   17             3 to 21                       Yes       X
                    7 to 16     7
Connecticut .....................   to    18 \2\ 7 to 18 \2\5 to 18 \5\                 5   to   18 \5\     5   to   18 \5\        Under 21 \6\                   ---       X                        X
                    5 to 16
Delaware .......................5   to    16     5 to 16 \2\5 to 16                     5   to   16         5   to   16             3 to 20                       Yes       X              X \7\     X
                        ---
District of Columbia ........   5   to    18     5 to 18    5 to 18                     5   to   18         5   to   18                 ---                       ---       X                        X
                    6 to 16 \8\
Florida ........................6   to    16 \8\ 6 to 16 \8\6 to 16 \8\                 6   to   16 \8\     6   to   16 \8\             ---              X        Yes       X                        X

                    6 to 16
Georgia ........................6 to      16          6   to   16    6    to   16       6   to   16         6   to   16            Under   21 \6\                 Yes                      X
                    6 to 18     6
Hawaii ...........................to      18          6   to   18    6    to   18       6   to   18         6   to   18            Under   20                     (\9\)     X
                    7 to 16
Idaho ........................ 7 to       16          7   to   16    7    to   16       7   to   16         7   to   16             3 to   21                     Yes
                    7 to 16     7
Illinois .........................to      16          7   to   17    7    to   17       7   to   17         7   to   17             3 to   21            X        Yes       X \3\
                    7 to 16     7 to
Indiana ...........................       16          7   to   16    7    to   18 \2\   7   to   18 \2\     7   to   18 \2\         3 to   22                     Yes       X

                    6 to 16 \2\ 6
Iowa ............................ to      16 \2\ 6 to 16    6             to   16     6 to 16               6   to   16            Under 21              X        Yes       X
                    7 to 18 \2\ 7
Kansas ...........................to      18 \2\ 7 to 18 \2\7             to   18 \2\ 7 to 18 \2\           7   to   18 \2\          (\10\)                       ---       X
                    6 to 16     6
Kentucky .........................to      16     6 to 16 \2\6             to   16     6 to 16               6   to   16            Under 21                       Yes       X
                    7 to 17     7
Louisiana ....................... to      17     7 to 17 \2\7             to   18 \2\ 7 to 18 \2\           7   to   18 \2\         3 to 21                       Yes                      X         X
                    7 to 17     7
Maine ........................... to      17     7 to 17 \2\7             to   17 \2\ 7 to 17 \2\           7   to   17 \2\         5 to 19 \11\                  ---       X

                    5 to 16     5
Maryland ........................   to    16          5   to   16    5    to   16     5 to 16               5   to   16 \5\      Under     21            X        ---                      X         X
                    6 to 16     6
Massachusetts ...................   to    16          6   to   16    6    to   16 \2\ 6 to 16 \2\           6   to   16 \2\       3 to     21       (\12\)        ---       X
                    6 to 16
Michigan ..................... 6    to    16          6   to   16    6    to   16     6 to 16               6   to   16          Under     26            X        Yes       X \13\
                    7 to 18 \2\
Minnesota ......................7   to    16          7   to   16    7    to   16 \2\ 7 to 16 \2\           7   to   16 \2,5\    Under     22            X        Yes       X
                    6 to 17     6
Mississippi .....................   to    17          6   to   16    6    to   16     6 to 17               6   to   17       Birth to     20                     ---                      X

                    7 to 16     7
Missouri .........................to      16     7 to 16    7 to 16     7 to 16                             7   to   16          Under     21                     Yes\14\   X
                    7 to 16 \2\
Montana ........................7 to      16 \2\ 7 to 16 \2\7 to 16 \2\ 7 to 16 \2\                         7   to   16 \2\       3 to     18                     ---       X
                    7 to 16     7
Nebraska ........................ to      16     7 to 16    6 to 18     6 to 18                             6   to   18       Birth to     21                     Yes       X
                    7 to 17     7
Nevada .......................... to      17     7 to 17    7 to 17     7 to 18 \2,5\                       7   to   18 \2,5\    Under     22                     Yes       X                        X
                    6 to 16
New Hampshire ..................6 to      16     6 to 16    6 to 16     6 to 16 \15\                        6   to   16 \15\      3 to     21                     ---

                    6 to 16     6
New Jersey .......................to      16          6   to   16    6 to 16     6 to 16                    6   to   16             5 to 21                       ---                      X \16\
                    5 to 18     5
New Mexico ...................... to      18          5   to   18 \2\5 to 18 \2\ 5 to 18 \2\                5   to   18 \2\          (\17\)              X        Yes       X                        X
                    6 to 16 \2\ 6
New York ........................ to      16          6   to   16    6 to 16 \18\ to 16 \18\
                                                                                 6                          6   to   16 \18\       Under 21                       ---
                    7 to 16
North Carolina .................7 to      16          7   to   16    7 to 16     7 to 16                    7   to   16             5 to 20              X        Yes                      X
                    7 to 16     7
North Dakota .................... to      16          7   to   16    7 to 16     7 to 16                    7   to   16             3 to 20 \19\                  No

Ohio .............................to
                    6 to 18     6         18          6   to   18    6 to 18     6          to   18         6   to   18            Under   22            X        ---       X \3\                    X \20\
                    5 to 18     5
Oklahoma ........................ to      18          5   to   18    5 to 18     5          to   18         5   to   18            3 and   up \21\                Yes       X         (\22\)         X
                    7 to 18     7
Oregon ...........................to      18          7   to   18 \2\7 to 18     7          to   18         7   to   18             3 to   21                     Yes       X
                    8 to 17     8 to
Pennsylvania .......................      17          8   to   17 \2\8 to 17 \2\ 8          to   17 \2\     8   to   17 \2\         6 to   21            X \14\   ---\14\
                    6 to 16     6
Rhode Island .....................to      16          6   to   16    6 to 16     6          to   16         6   to   16             3 to   21                     ---       X                        X

                    5 to 16     5
South Carolina ...................to      16          5   to   16    5    to   17 \5\ 5 to 17 \5\   5           to   17 \5\         3 to   21                     ---                      X \3,4\   X
                    6 to 16     6
South Dakota .................... to      16          6   to   16    6    to   16     6 to 16 \5,23\6           to   16 \5,23\     Under   21            X        ---       X                        X
                    6 to 17
Tennessee ..................... 6 to      17          6   to   17    6    to   17 \5\ 6 to 17 \5\   6           to   17 \5\         3 to   21            X        Yes       X                        X
                    6 to 18
Texas ..........................6 to      18          6   to   18    6    to   18     6 to 18       6           to   18             3 to   21            X        Yes       X
                    6 to 18
Utah ...........................6 to      18          6   to   18    6    to   18     6 to 18       6           to   18             3 to   22                     Yes       X


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                    7 to 16     6
Vermont ......................... to 16     6 to 16    6 to 16 \2\ 6 to 16 \2\ 6 to 16 \2\      3 to 21                  ---\14\ X
                    5 to 18     5
Virginia .........................to 18     5 to 18    5 to 18 \2\ 5 to 18 \2\ 5 to 18 \2,5\    2 to 21          X       Yes     X                     X
                    8 to 17 \2\ 8
Washington .......................to 17 \2\ 8 to 16 \2\8 to 18     8 to 18     8 to 18          3 to 21 \24\             Yes     X
                    6 to 16     6
West Virginia ....................to 16     6 to 16    6 to 16     6 to 16     6 to 16          5 to 21          X       Yes                  X        X
                    6 to 18
Wisconsin ......................6 to 18     6 to 18    6 to 18     6 to 18     6 to 18         Under 21                  Yes     X            X \25\
                    6 to
Wyoming ............... 16 \2\ 6 to 16 \2\ 7 to 16 \2\7 to 16 \2\ 7 to 16 \2\  7 to 16 \2\      3 to 21                  ---     X
---Not available.
X Denotes that the state has a policy. A blank denotes that the state does not have a policy.
\1\Most states have a provision whereby education is provided up to a certain age or completion of secondary school, whichever comes first.
\2\Child may be exempted from compulsory attendance if he/she meets state requirements for early withdrawal with or without meeting conditions for a diploma
or
equivalency.
\3\State requires districts with full-day programs to offer half-day programs.
\4\Districts may apply for exemptions from the requirement.
\5\Parent/guardian may delay child's entry until a later age per state law/regulation.
\6\Under 21 or until child graduates from high school.
\7\Full-day requirement becomes effective upon each district's confirming vote and upon specific funding appropriation by the General Assembly.
\8\Attendance is compulsory until age 18 for Manatee County students, unless they earn a high school diploma prior to reaching their 18th birthday.
\9\Some districts operate on a multi-track system; the schools are open year-round, but different cohorts start and end at different times.
\10\To be determined by rules and regulations adopted by the state board.
\11\Must be age 5 before October 1, and not age 20 before start of school year.
\12\Policies about year-round schools are decided locally.
\13\State requires a "program," not necessarily a traditional kindergarten program.
\14\State did not participate in the 2008 online survey. Data shown are from 2006.
\15\Compulsory attendance age is 18 effective July 1, 2009.
\16\Abbott districts only (31). These are districts covered by New Jersey Supreme Court rulings requiring the state to implement comprehensive programs and
reforms to improve the education of students in the poorest schools.
\17\School-age unless otherwise provided by law.
\18\New York City and Buffalo require school attendance until age 17 unless employed; Syracuse requires kindergarten attendance at age 5.
\19\Must not be age 21 by September 1.
\20\A child may skip kindergarten at the parent's request and if the child demonstrates that he or she possesses the social, emotional, and cognitive skills
for first grade.
\21\Children from birth through age 2 are eligible for additional services. Eligibility for special education services ceases upon completion of a secondary
education program; no age limit.
\22\Beginning in 2011-12, with the option for districts to transfer intradistrict, interdistrict, or to a licensed child care provider.
\23\Compulsory attendance until age 18 is effective July 1, 2009; compulsory attendance beginning at age 5 is effective July 1, 2010.
\24\Student may complete school year if 21st birthday occurs while attending school.
\25\Districts are required to provide full-day kindergarten for low-income students.
NOTE: The Education of the Handicapped Act (EHA) Amendments of 1986 make it mandatory for all states receiving EHA funds to serve all 3- to 18-year-old
disabled
children.
SOURCE: Council of Chief State School Officers, Key State Education Policies on PK–12 Education , 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2008 (prepublication copy);
Education Commission of the States, ECS StateNotes, Kindergarten: State Statutes Regarding Kindergarten (prepublication copy of 2008 update) and
Attendance: Compulsory School Age Requirements , retrieved July 1, 2009, from http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/80/44/8044.pdf; and supplemental information
retrieved June 20, 2009, from School District of Manatee County Policy and Procedures
(http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/policy_procedure/pdfs/chapters/Chapter_5.pdf) and retrieved July 8, 2009, from the state websites for Florida
(http://www.leg.state.fl.us/STATUTES/index.cfm?App-mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch1003/Sec21.HTM), New Jersey
(http://www.nj.gov/education/abbotts/about/), and Ohio (http://law.justia.com/ohio/codes/orc/jd_332101-8741.html). (This table was prepared July 2009.)




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