Over the past decade, SREB state policy-makers have focused on
actions to reduce dropout rates and increase high school
graduation rates. Some policymakers have suggested that raising
their state’s compulsory attendance age (often called the dropout
age) to require students to stay in school until age 17 or 18 is
an important step.
The origins of the 180-day calendar, current instructional
requirements in SREB states, opening and closing dates, and
recent changes in school calendar flexibility — including the
four-day school week and year-round calendar.