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Enrollment and Attendance Policy

States monitor enrollment and attendance as part of their ongoing efforts to ensure academic proficiency and retention of their students. The information in this section highlights enrollment policies, instructional days, and compulsory attendance policies. Please visit the State Education Practices table archive for more tables on enrollment and attendance policies.

Data Tables

Table 1.1 Minimum number of instructional days and hours in the school year, minimum number of hours per school day, and school start/finish dates, by state: 2020
Table 1.2 Compulsory school attendance laws, minimum and maximum age limits for required free education, by state: 2020
Table 1.3 Types of state and district requirements for kindergarten entrance and attendance, by state: 2020


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Link 1.01 Open enrollment policies, by state: 2018

Please note: Data on this site are drawn from a wide variety of sources, primarily outside NCES. These data are largely self-reported by the states. Each source collected the data using research methods specific to its organization. Readers should take care when comparing data from different sources as the data may not be comparable due to differences in procedures and timing of data collection. Updates to this site occur as source organizations release new data. This site is intended as a broad reference tool and not meant to serve as a comprehensive repository of policy developments.