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ERIC Number: ED544500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
Does Raising the State Compulsory School Attendance Age Achieve the Intended Outcomes? Summary. REL 2014-005
Mackey, Philip E.; Duncan, Teresa G.
Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic
Maryland raised its compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18 in two stages: from 16 to 17 at the beginning of the 2014/15 school year and from 17 to 18 at the beginning of the 2016/17 school year (Maryland Senate Bill 362, 2012). The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) sought technical assistance from the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic in fulfilling reporting requirements to the legislature and in implementing the policy changes. The present study includes a review of data from other states that raised their compulsory school attendance age to examine subsequent changes in dropouts, truancy rates, and disciplinary actions, and to identify the data needed to track and report the impact of the policy change. Research questions are: (1) What changes have occurred in dropouts, truancy, and disciplinary actions in states that raised their compulsory school attendance age during 2002-11? (2) What broader social outcomes have been identified based on national databases? (3) How have these states measured changes in these expected outcomes? This study found no state-specific studies aimed at measuring changes in dropouts, truancy, and disciplinary actions following a rise in the compulsory school attendance age, so no data elements used by other states can be reported here. However, some suggested data elements for future analyses are presented in the full report. [This report was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) under Contract ED-IES 12-C-0006 by Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic administered by ICF International. To view the full report, see ED544499.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic (ED); National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland; United States
IES Funded: Yes