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Title:  Does raising the state compulsory school attendance age achieve the intended outcomes?
Description: Many states have raised the compulsory school attendance age to 17 or 18, anticipating that a reduction in dropout, truancy, and discipline problems will more than compensate for the higher costs of educating students longer. This review examines the evidence on whether a higher compulsory school attendance age results in improved student outcomes.

Against this background, this review addresses the following research questions:
  • What changes have occurred in dropouts, truancy, and disciplinary actions in states that raised their compulsory school attendance age during 200211?
  • What broader social outcomes have been identified in studies using national datasets?
  • How have these states measured changes in these expected outcomes?
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Cover Date: December 2013
Web Release: December 11, 2013
Print Release: December 11, 2013
Publication #: REL 2014005
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: REL
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: Philip E. Mackey: Phil Mackey Associates Teresa G. Duncan: ICF International
Type of Product: What's Happening
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Questions: For questions about the content of this What's Happening, please contact:
Erin Pollard.