Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

What is the Compact? The Council of State Governments (CSG), in cooperation with the US Department of Defense, drafted this Interstate Compact to address some of the educational challenges transitioning children of military families face. Since July 2006, CSG worked with a variety of federal, state and local officials as well as national stakeholder organizations representing education groups and military families to create the new interstate agreement.

While the Compact is not exhaustive in its coverage, it does address the key issues encountered by military families: eligibility, enrollment, placement and graduation. In addition, the Compact provides for a detailed governance structure at both the state and national levels with built-in enforcement and compliance mechanisms.

The goal of the Compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students. The Compact leverages consistency: It uses a comprehensive approach that provides a consistent policy in every school district and in every state that chooses to join.

The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.

What children are eligible for assistance under the Compact? Children of active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders, commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Unites States Public Health Service (USPHS), and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year are eligible for assistance under the Compact. The Compact also covers students of members who perish on active duty for a period of one year following their death.

When did South Dakota adopt the Compact? The Compact was signed into law by Govenor Michael Rounds on March 24th, 2010.

What does the Compact cover? (Click on each article to read more about what is included and what is not included)

Article IV – Enrollment

• Educational Records

• Immunizations

• Kindergarten and First Grade Entrance Age

Article V – Placement and Attendance

• Course and Educational Program Placement

• Special Education Services

• Placement Flexibility

• Absence Related to Deployment Activities

Article VI – Eligibility

• Eligibility for Enrollment

• Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation

Article VII – Graduation

For the text of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children law in South Dakota, visit the following page:

All 50 states have signed the compact into law.  To learn about the compact in other states, go to