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From the ECS State Policy Database: Attendance--Truancy/Chronic Absence - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Attendance--Statutory Ages (Upper and Lower) - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Attendance - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Attendance--Compulsory - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Compulsory School Age Requirements PDF - The states vary in the number of years students are compelled to attend school—from a low of nine years to a high of 13 years. However, nearly half of all states allow children ranging from ages 14-18 to be exempt from the compulsory attendance requirement if they meet certain stipulations such as parent permission or the attainment of an alternative education. (Marga Mikulecky, Education Commission of the States, April 2013) ...

School Attendance Age Limits PDF - Most states have laws regarding the minimum and maximum ages when a person must be admitted to a public school by law without charge. Though some states have either not set a maximum age limit to which free education must be provided or have left that determination up to the local education agency, all states (including Washington, D.C.) have implemented laws setting minimum age limits. (Marga Mikulecky, Education Commission of the States, April 2013) ...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Demographics--Enrollments - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Truancy and Habitual Truancy: Examples of State Definitions PDF - For the most part, compulsory attendance laws do not specify the number of times a student must be truant before sanctions (also part of the compulsory attendance laws) are enforced. This ECS StateNote provides examples of states where truancy and habitual truancy are defined at the state level. (Dinah Frey, Education Commission of the States, April 2011)...

State Policy Approaches to Reducing Truancy PDF - This ECS StateNote examines state truancy policy to determine: (1) When an "absence" becomes "truancy"; (2) Distinctions between early grades upper grades; (3) Consequences for parents and secondary-level students; (4) How schools are being held accountable for encouraging and enforcing attendance; and (5) How schools are being more proactive to end truancy. (Dinah Frey, Education Commission of the States, March 2011)...

Compulsory School Age Requirements MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote lists compulsory school attendance ages for each state. (Education Commission of the States, Updated June 2010)...

No Pass No Play MS Word PDF - No Pass No Play” refers to policies in states that define eligibility for extracurricular activities and athletics based on academic performance, attendance and student behavior. Currently, 16 states have No Pass No Play policies that affect students statewide. This ECS StateNote provides information on the specific policies of each state with No Pass No Play. (Michael Colasanti, Education Commission of the States, February 2008)...

Sanctions on Driving Privileges MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote identifies the 27 states that tie driving privileges to school attendance and/or academic performance. The report includes the specific state policies in place and offers tips to policymakers who are considering legislation. (Michael Colasanti, Education Commission of the States, July 2007)...

Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism in Indiana: The Impact on Student Achievement - This Education Policy Brief summarizes the research and data analysis on Indiana’s student attendance and absenteeism data. The brief quantifies the prevalence of chronic absenteeism in Indiana and describes the impact of chronic absenteeism on achievement and graduation at the student, school, and locality level. Additionally, best practices for improving attendance are discussed, and examples of successful interventions provided. The brief concludes with a set of recommendations for education leaders and policymakers to consider that will ensure sufficient attention, reporting, and action to reduce chronic absenteeism in Indiana and help improve academic outcomes for thousands of students. (Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, July 2012)...

Getting Teenagers Back to School: Rethinking New York State's Response to Chronic Absence - This policy brief looks at New York State’s practices responding to chronically absent teenagers, particularly reporting and investigating a teen’s parent or guardian to the child protective system for allegations of educational neglect. Vera proposes that New York rethink this response to teens missing too much school and develop more effective alternatives. (Vera Institute of Justice, October 2010)...


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