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This bill would increase the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 unless the student has completed high school graduation requirements or satisfied requirements for an equivalency diploma, such as the GED.
While increasing state graduation rates is an admirable goal, notable research from the Brown Center on Education Policy, John Locke Foundation, and National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, consistently find that there is no significant evidence linking high school graduation rates with higher compulsory school attendance ages.
John Locke Foundation Spotlight: Raise the Bar, Not the Age—Why Raising the Compulsory School Age Won’t Reduce Dropouts
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance: Does raising the state compulsory school attendance age achieve the intended outcomes?
Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings: Compulsory School Attendance: What Research Says and What It Means for State Policy
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See "Bill History" link below.
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