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Document Number: 11023

Does Raising the State Compulsory School Attendance Age Achieve the Intended Outcomes? - Eleven states raised their compulsory school attendance age from 2002 to 2011, but few outcome studies were conducted and many of those were flawed, researchers found. Findings were mixed as to changes in dropout, truancy and disciplinary actions. Maryland intends to raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 17 in the 2014/15 school year and from 17 to 18 the following year, thus presenting a new opportunity for a well-designed, more definitive study. Authors recommend that states instituting such policies combine them with supporting retention and dropout prevention strategies. (Institute of Education Sciences, December 2013)...

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