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Report: Raising compulsory attendance age reduced W.Va. dropout rate
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 3:55 PM EST
West Virginia's state superintendent says fewer 16-year-old students dropped out of high school after the compulsory attendance age was raised to 17.
The total number of 16-year-olds who dropped out declined from 694 to 359. Phares says the total number of 16-year-olds who were in the 9th grade when they dropped out declined by 36 percent.
Parents can be fined when their child does not attend school as required by law.