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State Enactment(1) Age limits

Alaska (2) 1929 7-16
Arizona (3) 1899 8-16
Arkansas 1909 5-18
California 1874 6-16
Colorado 1889 7-16
Connecticut 1872 7-16
Delaware 1907 5-16
D. C. 1864 7-17
Florida 1915 6-16
Georgia 1916 7-16
Hawaii 1896 6-18
Idaho 1887 7-16
Illinois 1883 7-16
Indiana (4) 1897 7-16
Iowa 1902 7-16
Kansas 1874 7-16
Kentucky (5) 1896 6-16
Louisiana 1910 7-17
Maine 1875 7-17
Maryland 1902 6-16
Massachusetts 1852 6-16
Michigan 1871 6-16
Minnesota (6) 1885 7-16
Mississippi 1918 6-17
Missouri 1905 7-16
Montana (7) 1883 7-16
Nebraska 1887 7-16
Nevada 1873 7-17
New Hampshire 1871 6-16
New Jersey 1875 6-16
New Mexico 1891 6-18
New York (8) 1874 6-16
North Carolina 1907 7-16
North Dakota 1883 7-16
Ohio 1877 6-18
Oklahoma 1907 7-18
Oregon 1889 7-18
Pennsylvania 1895 8-17
Rhode Island 1883 6-16
S Carolina (9) 1915 5-17
S Dakota (7) 1883 7-16
Tennessee 1905 7-17
Texas (10) 1915 7-17
Utah 1890 6-18
Vermont 1867 7-16
Virginia (11) 1908 5-18
Washington 1871 8-18
West Virginia 1897 6-16
Wisconsin (12) 1879 6-18
Wyoming 1876 7-16

1. Date of enactment of first compulsory attendance law.
2. Ages 7 to 16 or high school graduation.
3. Ages 8 to 16 or tenth grade completion.
4. Students between 16 and 18 are required to submit to an exit interview and have written parental approval before leaving high school.
5. Must have parental signature to leave school between 16 and 18.
6. Will change to 7 to 18 in year 2000.
7. May leave after completion of eighth grade.
8. The ages are 6 to 17 for New York City and Buffalo.
9. Permits parental waiver of kindergarten at age 5.
10. Information last updated in 1989.
11. Information last updated in 1990.
12. Ages 6 to 18 or high school graduation.
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by Department of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics, February 1993.

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