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State Compulsory School Attendance Laws

Here's a list of each U.S. state's comulsory school attendance laws and the date they were implemented.

State Enactment1 Compulsory
attendance,
2002
Alabama 1915 7–16
Alaska 1929 7–16
Arizona 1899 6–162
Arkansas 1909 5–173
California 1874 6–18
Colorado 1889
Connecticut 1872 7–184
Delaware 1907 5–165
District of Columbia 1864 5–18
Florida 1915 6–166
Georgia 1916 6–16
Hawaii 1896 6–18
Idaho 1887 7–16
Illinois 1883 7–16
Indiana 1897 7–16
Iowa 1902 6–167
Kansas 1874 7–184
Kentucky 1896 6–168
Louisiana 1910 7–17
Maine 1875 7–17
Maryland 1902 5–16
Massachusetts 1852 6–16
Michigan 1871 6–16
Minnesota 1885 7–16
Mississippi 1918 6–17
Missouri 1905 7–16
Montana 1883 7–169
Nebraska 1887 7–16
Nevada 1873 7–17
New Hampshire 1871 6–16
New Jersey 1875 6–16
New Mexico 1891 5–18
New York 1874 6–16
North Carolina 1907 7–16
North Dakota 1883 7–16
Ohio 1877 6–18
Oklahoma 1907 5–18
Oregon 1889 7–18
Pennsylvania 1895 8–17
Rhode Island 1883 6–16
South Carolina 1915 5–16
South Dakota 1883 6–16
Tennessee 1905 6–17
Texas 1915 6–18
Utah 1890 6–18
Vermont 1867 6–16
Virginia 1908 5–18
Washington 1871 8–174
West Virginia 1897 6–16
Wisconsin 1879 6–18
Wyoming 1876 6–162
NOTE: (—) = not available.
1. Date of enactment of first compulsory attendance law.
2. Ages 6–16 or 10th grade completion.
3. Must have turned 17 by October 1.
4. Eligible for waiver.
5. Must have turned 5 by August 31.
6. Compulsory school age for all Manatee County Students who attained the age of 16 on or after October 1, 1999 is 18, unless the student has earned a high school diploma prior to reaching the 18th birthday.
7. Must have turned 16 by September 15.
8. Must have turned 6 by October 1.
9. Age 16 and completion of eighth grade.
Source: Department of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2004.

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