Compulsory Education Law and Legal Definition

Compulsory education refers to a period of educational attendance required of all students. The period of compulsory education is often determined by the student’s age. In the U.S., schooling is compulsory for all children. The age range for which school attendance is required varies from state to state. Some states allow students to leave school between the ages of 14–17 before finishing high school only with parental permission. In some other states, students are required to stay in school until age 18.