Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age in Kentucky

Published: 7/14/2016 1:06 AM

Kentucky Senate Bill 97, raising the compulsory attendance age to 18, was passed by the Kentucky General Assembly Spring of 2013 session.

According the Senate Bill 97, adoption of this policy was voluntary until 55% (96) districts adopt the policy. Once the 55% is reached, the statute mandates all districts adopt this policy within 2 years.  As of January 14, 2015 all 173 Kentucky school districts have adopted this policy to raise the compulsory attendance age to 18.

The new compulsory attendance policy will take effect for most districts beginning with the 2015-16 school year for Kentucky.   

$10,000 planning & implementation grants were made available for all districts to prepare for implementation of this policy.  These funds must be spent for identification or intervention of students at risk for dropping out and shall be spent in accordance with KRS 158.146 and 704 KAR 7:070.

Christina Weeter
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Student Success
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Frankfort, KY 40601
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