Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age in Kentucky

Published: 9/30/2014 6:02 PM


The Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 97, which raises the compulsory attendance age to 18, in its 2013 regular session.  Adoption of this policy is voluntary until 55 percent (96) of districts adopt the policy. Once 55 percent of districts have adopted the policy, the statute mandates that the remaining districts must adopt and implement within four years.
The Kentucky Board of Education adopted a resolution encouraging districts to be early adopters of a policy to raise the compulsory attendance age to 18 at its meeting on April 10, 2013.

Process for Districts to Follow in Reporting Adoption of Policy Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age to 18 Since the 96-District Target Has Been Reached – We are very excited to report that in a mere two-week window, 96 districts plus have adopted a policy supporting raising the compulsory attendance age to 18 (“Blitz to 96”).  Reaching a total of 96 districts met the 55% threshold, making the adoption of a policy mandatory for all Kentucky districts within four years.  In all of the districts that have already adopted a policy to date (the 96 and any others), the compulsory attendance age of 18 will be effective in these districts in the 2015-2016 school year.
To clarify, because the 55% was reached in the 2013-2014 school year (after July 1, 2013), then the four- year mandatory requirement for adoption of the policy by all other districts who have not adopted a policy up and until that point goes into effect in the school year that is four (4) years from when the 55% was reached, which means all other districts will be subject to the compulsory age of 18 beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  However, districts need to keep in mind that they may continue to adopt policies through the 2015-16 school year and beyond and unless the adopted policy specifically states it is not going into effect until 2017-18 or another intervening year, the policy will go into effect in 2015-16 for a district under the terms of SB 97. 
KDE will continue to monitor the remainder of the Kentucky school districts as they adopt their policies.  We will regularly update the Kentucky map, which can be viewed on the home page of the KDE website, showing the districts that have adopted a policy.  KDE staff will also report to Governor Beshear and me regarding the continuous support of this effort which empowers ALL Kentucky students to graduate college- and career-ready.
In order to inform KDE of your adoption of this policy and complete the process, please follow the following steps:
1. PASSAGE – For any districts that have not adopted a district-wide policy to raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 to date, the local board must do so with implementation beginning no later than the 2017-18 school year.  However, note that unless the adopted policy specifically states it is not going into effect until 2017-18 or another intervening year, the policy will go into effect in 2015-16 for that district.  
2.  VERIFICATION - Districts must verify the passage of the policy.  Using the “KDE Compulsory Attendance (SB97) (non-grant) task within ASSIST, districts will run a new diagnostic for assurances on this policy.  In addition, a copy of the policy, board meeting minutes, and the certifications document (with signatures) must be uploaded into ASSIST. (A how-to guide is available in the resources section of this website)
3. Notification to KDE - Districts must submit an e-mail stating completion of the process via e-mail to KDE at SB97@education.ky.gov.   
Questions may be directed to Tom Edgett at Thomas.edgett@education.ky.gov or 502-564-4772, Ext. 4518.

Follow the Blitz to 96
159 out of 173 districts
as of 9-29-14

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Thomas Edgett
Next-Generation Schools and Districts
Division of Student Success
500 Mero Street, 8th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2116
Fax (502) 564-7820