Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

What is the Compact? The Compact provides for uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. It was developed by the Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts, the Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, departments of education, school administrators and military families.

What children are eligible for assistance under the Compact? Children of active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active orders, Members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one (1) year and Members who die on active duty.

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