Required School Days by State

Under the federal constitution, the U.S. Congress can only pass laws regarding matters specified in the constitution; power over education is not provided to the federal government. This means schools are primarily governed by state law, though local law may also apply, when not precluded by state law. 

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), thirty-eight states have laws specifying the number of required school days. Of the remaining twelve, five states delegate that power to another entity within the state, typically either the board of education or the local school board. The remaining states have no state law regarding the number of required school days.

The state with the most required school days is Kansas for grades 1–11, and the states with the next most required school days are Illinois and North Carolina. On the other hand, the states with the fewest required school days are Colorado and Kentucky.

Learn for yourself how the number of required school days differs by exploring the data in the charts.

Required School Days by State

Alabama

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#4 in the US

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6

#2 in the US

Alaska

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180

#5 in the US

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5.5

#14 in the US

Arizona

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180

#6 in the US

California

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180

#7 in the US

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4

#26 in the US

Colorado

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160

#38 in the US

Connecticut

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180

#8 in the US

District of Columbia

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#9 in the US

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5

#15 in the US

Florida

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180

#10 in the US

Georgia

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180

#11 in the US

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5.5

#16 in the US

Hawaii

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180

#12 in the US

Illinois

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185

#2 in the US

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5

#17 in the US

Indiana

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180

#13 in the US

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6

#4 in the US

Iowa

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180

#14 in the US

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6

#5 in the US

Kansas

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186

#1 in the US

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5

#18 in the US

Kentucky

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170

#36 in the US

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6

#6 in the US

Louisiana

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177

#33 in the US

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6

#7 in the US

Maine

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180

#15 in the US

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5

#19 in the US

Maryland

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180

#16 in the US

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3

#30 in the US

Massachusetts

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180

#17 in the US

Michigan

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180

#18 in the US

Minnesota

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165

#37 in the US

Mississippi

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180

#19 in the US

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#20 in the US

Nevada

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180

#20 in the US

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#21 in the US

New Hampshire

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180

#21 in the US

New Jersey

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180

#22 in the US

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4

#27 in the US

New York

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180

#23 in the US

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#22 in the US

North Carolina

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185

#3 in the US

Oklahoma

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180

#24 in the US

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6

#10 in the US

Pennsylvania

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180

#25 in the US

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5.5

#23 in the US

Rhode Island

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180

#26 in the US

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6

#11 in the US

South Carolina

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180

#27 in the US

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6

#12 in the US

Tennessee

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180

#28 in the US

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#13 in the US

Utah

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180

#29 in the US

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4

#28 in the US

Vermont

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175

#34 in the US

Virginia

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180

#30 in the US

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5.5

#24 in the US

Washington

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180

#31 in the US

West Virginia

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180

#32 in the US

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5.8

#25 in the US

Wyoming

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175

#35 in the US