Getting an Education - Compulsory Attendance
ages eighteen sixteen five
In 2000 all U.S. states required students to attend school through at least age sixteen. (See Table 6.6.) Most industrialized Western nations require children to attend school for about ten years. According to the Digest of Education Statistics 2001, the countries requiring the most years of schooling were the Netherlands (ages five through eighteen), Germany and Belgium (both ages six through eighteen), Kazakhstan (ages six through seventeen), and the United Kingdom (ages five through sixteen).