PA CHANGES COMPULSORY SCHOOL AGE

PA CHANGES COMPULSORY SCHOOL AGE

Act 16 of 2019, which was signed in June, made two significant changes in the Public School Code regarding attendance. The following changes will take effect on August 2020.

1) Compulsory School Age: all children from the age of six (6) through the age of eighteen (18) must comply with compulsory school attendance requirements. To meet these requirements, parents must ensure that their child between the ages of 6 and 18 is attending or participating in one of the following: a public elementary, middle, or high school; a public charter or cyber-charter school; a private licensed academic or private religious school; home tutoring by a certified teacher; or an approved program of home schooling. Children may be excused from compulsory attendance for documented medical or other compelling reasons as outlined in District attendance policy and procedures.

2) Full Academic Year Requirement: a student who is absent for 20 percent or more of his or her days of enrollment will not be considered to have met the “full academic year” requirement for purposes of school accountability testing (PSSA and Keystones). This new rule is effective for the Spring 2021 administration of the PSSAs and for any 2020-2021 administration of the Literature, Algebra, and Biology Keystones.