Report: Raising Dropout Age Reduced Rate
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.
West Virginia State Superintendent James Phares told lawmakers on Tuesday that the number of 16-year-olds who dropped out of school in the 2012 school year declined by 52 percent from the previous year after the law went into effect.
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.