The Education Commission of the States Released Guide on Age Requirements for Free Compulsory Education
Denver, Colo. – The Education Commission of the States’ oft-cited resource, Age Requirements for Free and Compulsory Education, just got an update! The number of years that children are given a free education and number of years they are required to be in school varies greatly across the US, and states are increasingly considering changes to these requirements. See this updated 50-State Review for a side-by-side comparison of free and compulsory ages, state statutes, exceptions and policy considerations.
Students are required to attend school for as few as nine years and up to 13 years, depending on the state. To read the entire report, visit