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Student Readiness and Progress Through School

Many states center their reform initiatives on readiness at the early childhood level and at the end of compulsory education, to ensure that students begin and leave school with the skills they need. The tables in this section present data on early childhood education reform efforts, statewide high school graduation policies and assessments, as well as kindergarten, college, and work readiness policies. Additional national information on early childhood education and school readiness is available from the NCES Early Childhood Longitudinal Study and National Household Education Survey.

Data Tables

Table 5.1Compulsory school attendance laws, minimum and maximum age limits for required free education, by state: 2013
Table 5.2Early childhood education standards, school readiness definitions, assessments, and programs for children not meeting expectations, by state: 2012–13
Table 5.3Types of state and district requirements for kindergarten entrance and attendance, by state: 2012
Table 5.4Types of promotion and graduation practices based on statewide exit and end-of-course exams, by state: 2013
Table 5.5State high school exit exams, by exam characteristics and state: 2011–12
Table 5.6States with mandated college entrance exams and mandated college-and career-readiness assessments, by state: 2010–11 and 2011–12
Table 5.7State course credit requirements for high school graduation, by state: 2008
Table 5.8Alternative paths to graduation for students with disabilities, by state: 2007
Table 5.9Types of state high school policies for college readiness, by state: 2012-13
Table 5.10Percent and number of children enrolled in state prekindergarten programs, by state: 2012–13  Updated!
Table 5.11State high school completion credentials, by state: 2013
Table 5.12Work readiness definitions, states offering high school diplomas with career specialization, and K-12 systems offering pathways to certification, licenses or credits for postsecondary education systems, by state: 2012–13
Table 5.13Arts education policies, by state: 2012


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