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Table 5.1. Compulsory school attendance laws, minimum and maximum age limits for required free education, by state: 2013

State Age of
required
school
attendance
  Minimum age
limit to
which free
education
must be
offered
  Maximum
age limit to
which free
education
must be
offered
Alabama 6 to 17   5  
Alaska 7 to 16   5   20
Arizona 6 to 16   5   21
Arkansas 5 to 17   5   21
California 6 to 18   5   21
           
Colorado 6 to 17   5   21
Connecticut 5 to 18   5   21
Delaware 5 to 16   5   20
District of Columbia 5 to 18   5  
Florida 6 to 16   4  
           
Georgia 6 to 16   5   20
Hawaii 6 to 18   5  
Idaho 7 to 16   5   21
Illinois 7 to 17   4   21
Indiana 7 to 16   5   22
           
Iowa 6 to 16   5   21
Kansas 7 to 18   5  
Kentucky 6 to 16   5   21
Louisiana 7 to 18   5   21
Maine 7 to 17   5 1 20
           
Maryland 5 to 16   5   21
Massachusetts 6 to 16   3   21
Michigan 6 to 16   5   20
Minnesota 7 to 16   5   21
Mississippi 6 to 17   5   21
           
Missouri 7 to 16   5   21
Montana 7 to 16   6   19
Nebraska 6 to 18   5   21
Nevada 7 to 18   5  
New Hampshire 6 to 16     21
           
New Jersey 6 to 16   5   20
New Mexico 5 to 18   5   21
New York 6 to 16   5   21
North Carolina 7 to 16   5   21
North Dakota 7 to 16   5   21
           
Ohio 6 to 18   5   21
Oklahoma 5 to 18   5   21
Oregon 7 to 18   5   21
Pennsylvania 8 to 17   6   21
Rhode Island 6 to 18 2 5  
           
South Carolina 5 to 17   5   21
South Dakota 6 to 18 3 5   21
Tennessee 6 to 17   5  
Texas 6 to 18   5   26
Utah 6 to 18   5  
           
Vermont 6 to 16   5  
Virginia 5 to 18   5   20
Washington 8 to 18   5   20
West Virginia 6 to 16   5   21
Wisconsin 6 to 18   4   20
Wyoming 7 to 16   5   21
— Not available. In this state, local education agencies determine their maximum age.
† Not applicable. State has not set a maximum age limit.
1 In Maine, students must be at least 5 years old before October 15, or 4 years old by October 15 if they are enrolled in a public preschool program prior to kindergarten (where offered).
2 In Rhode Island, the compulsory age is 16 if a student has an alternative learning plan for obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent.
3 In South Dakota, the compulsory age limit is 16 if a child enrolls in a general education development test preparation program that is school-based or for which a school contracts, and the child successfully completes the test or reaches the age of 18.
SOURCE: School Attendance Age Limits, Education Commission of the States, 2013. Data Source

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