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Table 154. State requirements for high school graduation, in Carnegie units: 2004
                                                                                                                   High
                  Total                     Required credits in subject areas                                    school
                require                                                                                            exit
                      d                                                                                Tech-       exam
                credits English                                  Physical                             nology   required
                  , all /langua Social Mathema- Scienc           educatio          Foreign            / life         to
State           courses ge arts studies     tics      e Health          n    Arts language            skills   graduate                                              Specific course requirements
1                     2       3       4        5      6        7        8       9       10                           12                                                                        13
                  24
Alabama ............       4       4      4       4        1 \1\ (\1\)     0.5       0                  ---    Yes      ---

                  21       4
Alaska .........................      3       2       2         1 \1\   (\1\)      ---        0         --- Yes         ---

                  20       4     2.5
Arizona .............................         2       2         0          0         1        0         --- Yes      \2\ ---

                  21       4       3
Arkansas ................................     4       3       0.5        0.5       0.5        1         ---     No      In math: algebra and geometry. In science: biology and physical science.
                                                                                                                        In social studies: world history, U.S. history, and government.

                  13       3
California ........................ 3         2       2       ---          2         1 \3\(\3\)         --- Yes      \2\ In math: 2 credits of algebra or higher level courses. In science:
                                                                                                                         biology and physical science. In social studies: 0.5 credit of
                                                                                                                         economics.

                   †\4\    †\4\
Colorado .......................      † \4\   † \4\   † \4\     0          0         †\4\     0         ---     No      ---

                  20       4
Connecticut .....................     3       3       2       ---          1         1      ---         ---     No      ---

                  22       4
Delaware ........................     3       3       3       0.5          1       ---        0           4     No      In math and science: Students must meet content standards. In
                                                                                                                        technology/life skills: 3 credits of career pathway and 1 credit of
                                                                                                                        computer literacy.
District of                                                                                                              In math: algebra. In social studies: U.S. history, U.S. government, and
                23.5       4     3.5
   Columbia ...........................       3       3       0.8       0.75         1        2         --- Yes      \2\ DC history and government. Community service hours are also required.

                24/1 \5\   4       3       3       3
Florida .................................................................
                                                          0.5        1               1        2         --- Yes         In math: algebra or the equivalent. In science: 2 to 3 credits of
                   8                                                                                                    laboratory. In English/language arts: 4 credits of composition and
                                                                                                                        literature.
                  2
Georgia ........... 2      4          3       4       3         1          1       ---        2         --- Yes         In math: 1 credit each of algebra, geometry, algebra II, and another
                                                                                                                        math. In science: 1 credit each of life, physical, and another science.
                                                                                                                        In social studies: 1 credit of world history, 1 credit of U.S. history,
                                                                                                                        0.5 credit of government, and 0.5 credit of economics. In
                                                                                                                        English/language arts: 1 credit of American literature.

                  22       4
Hawaii .....................          4       3       3       0.5          1       ---        0         ---     No      ---

                  42       9
Idaho\6\ .......................... 5         4       4       0.5          † \4\     2        † \4\     --- Yes      \2\ In science: 2 credits of laboratory. In English/language arts: 1 credit
                                                                                                                         of speech or debate.


                10.3       3
Illinois ......................... 2          2       1       0.5        ---         1        0         ---     No      While not a state graduation requirement, daily physical education is
                                                                                                                        required in all 4 years of high school.

                  24       8
Indiana\6\ ........................ 4         4       4         1          1       ---        † \4\       2 Yes         In science: 4 credits in two out of three specified courses (life,
                                                                                                                        physical, or earth/space science). In social studies: 1 credit in U.S.
                                                                                                                        history and 2 credits in U.S. government. In technology/life skills: 2
                                                                                                                        credits of computer applications/other.

                 1.5       †\4\
Iowa .........................      1.5       † \4\   † \4\     † \4\      † \4\     †\4\     † \4\     ---     No      In social studies: 1 credit of U.S. history and 0.5 credit of U.S.
                                                                                                                        government. In physical education: 0.125 credit per semester.

                  21       4
Kansas ........................... 3          2       2       0.5        0.5       ---        0         ---     No      In science: 1 credit of laboratory. In social studies: 1 credit of U.S.
                                                                                                                        history and 0.5 credit each of U.S. government and state history.

                  22       4       3
Kentucky ...............................      3       3       0.5        0.5         1        2 \7\     ---     No      In math: algebra, geometry, and another math. In science: 1 credit each
                                                                                                                        of life, physical, and earth/space science. In English/language arts: 1
                                                                                                                        credit each of English I through IV. In technology/life skills: as
                                                                                                                        determined by individual learning plan.




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                  23       4
Louisiana ......................... 3       3       3       0.5       1.5       ---      0        --- Yes       In science: 1 credit of biology. In social studies: 1 credit of U.S.
                                                                                                                history, 0.5 credit of civics, and 0.5 credit of enterprise. In
                                                                                                                English/language arts: 1 credit each of English I through IV.

                  16       4
Maine ...........................   2       2       2       0.5         1         1      2        ---   No      ---

                  21       4       3
Maryland ...........................        3       3       0.5       0.5         1      2 \8\   (\8\) Yes   \2\ In math:   1 credit each of algebra/data analysis and of geometry. In
                                                                                                                 science:   1 credit of biology and 2 credits of life, physical, or earth
                                                                                                                 science.   In social studies: 1 credit of world history, 1 credit of U.S.
                                                                                                                 history,   and 1 credit of government.

                   †\4\    †\4\    † \4\
Massachusetts ............................ † \4\    † \4\     0         0         †\4\   0        --- Yes       ---

                   †\4\    †\4\ 0.5        † \4\   † \4\
Michigan .............................................        0         0         †\4\   0        --- Yes    \2\ ---

                21.5       4     3.5
Minnesota ...........................       3       3         † \4\     † \4\     1      † \4\    --- Yes       In math: 1 credit each of algebra, geometry, and statistics/probability.
                                                                                                                In science: 1 credit of biology and 1 credit each of 2 electives. In
                                                                                                                social studies: 3.5 credits of world/U.S. history, government,
                                                                                                                economics, and geography.

                  20       4
Mississippi .....................   3       3       3       0.5       (\9\)       1      0          1 Yes       In math: 1 credit of algebra. In science: 1 credit of biology. In social
                                                                                                                studies: 1 credit of world history, 1 credit of U.S. history, and 1
                                                                                                                credit of U.S. government. In technology/life skills: MS studies,
                                                                                                                computer applications, and keyboarding.

                  22       3       2
Missouri ................................. 2        2         0         1         1      0        ---   No      In social studies: 0.5 credit of American government and civics.

                  20       4
Montana ........................    2       2       2         1         1         1      0        ---   No      ---

                   †\4\    †\4\
Nebraska ........................   † \4\   † \4\   † \4\     0         0         †\4\   0        ---   No      ---

                22.5       4
Nevada ..........................   2       3       2       0.5         2         1      0        --- Yes       ---

                19.8       4
New Hampshire .................. 2.5        2       2       0.3         1       0.5      0          1   No      In science: 1 credit each of biology and physical science. In social
                                                                                                                studies: 0.5 credit of economics. In technology/life skills: 0.5 credit
                                                                                                                each of basic business and computer education.

                  22       4
New Jersey ....................... 3        3       3       3.8 \1\   (\1\)       1      1        --- Yes    \2\ In social studies: 1 credit of world history and 2 credits of U.S.

                  23       4
New Mexico ......................   3       3       2         0         1       ---      0        --- Yes    \2\ In math: 1 credit of algebra. In science: 1 credit of one course with a
                                                                                                                 lab. In social studies: 1 credit of world history and geography, 1
                                                                                                                 credit of U.S. history and geography, 0.5 credit of government, and 0.5
                                                                                                                 credit of economics. In English/language arts: 1 credit of communication
                                                                                                                 skills.
                  12
New York ..............    4        4       2       2         0         0       ---      0        --- Yes       ---

                  20       4       3
North Carolina ......................       3       3         1 \1\   (\1\)       †\4\   2 \7\    --- Yes       In math: 1 credit of algebra. In science: 1 credit each of biology,
                                                                                                                physical, and earth science. In social studies: 1 credit each of world
                                                                                                                history, U.S. history, and civics and economics.

                   †\4\    †\4\
North Dakota ..................     † \4\   † \4\   † \4\     0         0         †\4\   0        ---   No      ---

                  21       4
Ohio ............................. 3        3       3       0.5       0.5         †\4\   † \4\    --- Yes    \2\ In science: 1 credit each of biology and physical science. In social
                                                                                                                 studies: 0.5 credit each of American history and American government.

                  23       4
Oklahoma ......................... 3        3       3         0         0         2      0        --- Yes    \2\ In math: 3 credits of algebra and higher level courses. In science: 1
                                                                                                                 credit each of biology and of two higher level electives. In social
                                                                                                                 studies: 0.5 to 1 credit of world history, 1 credit of U.S. history, 0.5
                                                                                                                 to 1 credit of U.S. government, 0.5 credit of Oklahoma history, and 0.5
                                                                                                                 to 1 credit of geography.
                  22       3
Oregon ........................... 3        2       2         1         1         1      0        ---   No      In social studies: history, civics, geography, and economics. In
                                                                                                                English/language arts: 1 credit of written composition.

                   †\4\    †\4\    †
Pennsylvania ....................... \4\    † \4\   † \4\     0         0         †\4\   0        ---   No      ---

                  16       4
Rhode Island ..................... 2        2       2       (\10\)    (\10\)    ---      0        ---   No      In science: lab science (2 credits for college-prep students only).




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South Carolina ...24       4        3       4      3         1 \1\   (\1\)   ---      1 \7\     --- Yes    \2\ In technology/life skills: computer applications.

                  20       4
South Dakota ....................   3       2      2         0         0     0.5      0         ---   No      In social studies: U.S. history, U.S. government, and geography. In
                                                                                                              English/language arts: writing, American literature, and speech.

                  20       4
Tennessee .......................   3       3      3         1 \1\   (\1\)   ---      2         --- Yes    \2\ In math: algebra. In science: biology. In social studies: 1 credit of
                                                                                                               U.S. history, 0.5 credit of U.S. government, and 0.5 credit of
                                                                                                               economics.
                  24       4     3.5
Texas ...................................   3      3       0.5       1.5       1      2           1 Yes    \2\ In math: 1 credit each of algebra, geometry, and algebra II. In science:
                                                                                                               biology, chemistry, physics, and integrated physics. In social studies:
                                                                                                               1 credit of world history or world geography, 1 credit of U.S. history
                                                                                                               from reconstruction, and 0.5 credit each of U.S. government and
                                                                                                               economics. In English/language arts: 0.5 credit of communications
                                                                                                               applications. In technology/life skills: 1 credit of technology.


                  24       3     2.5
Utah ...............................        2      2       0.5       1.5     ---      0         --- Yes    \2\ In math: algebra/applied math I and geometry/applied math II. In
                                                                                                               science: biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. In social
                                                                                                               studies: 0.5 credit of world civilization, 1 credit of U.S. history, 0.5
                                                                                                               credit of U.S. government, and 0.5 credit of geography. In
                                                                                                               English/language arts: 1 credit each of language arts 9 through 11.

                  12       4       3
Vermont ............................        (\11\ (\11\)
                                            5                0         0       1      0         ---   No      ---

                  22       4
Virginia ....................       3       3      3         2 \1\ (\1\)       1      0         --- Yes       In math: 3 credits of algebra or higher level courses. In science: 3
                                                                                                              credits in two out of three courses (biology, chemistry, or earth
                                                                                                              science). In social studies: 1 credit each of world history/geography,
                                                                                                              U.S. and state history, and U.S. and state government.

                  19       3     2.5
Washington ...........................      2      2         0         2       1      0         --- Yes    \2\ In math and science: Students must meet content standards. In social
                                                                                                               studies: 2 credits of U.S. history/government/current affairs and 0.5
                                                                                                               credit of state history.

                  24
West Virginia ............ 4        4       3      3         1         1     ---      0           4   No      In math: algebra and higher level course. In science: coordinated and
                                                                                                              thematic science in grades 9 and 10. In social studies: world and U.S.
                                                                                                              studies to 1900 and 20th/21st centuries. In English/language arts:
                                                                                                              reading and language arts. In technology/life skills: 4 credits in work-
                                                                                                              based learning and career courses.
                  13       4       3
Wisconsin ...............................   2      2       0.5       1.5     ---      0         ---   No      ---

                  13       4       3
Wyoming .................................. 3       3        † \4\    † \4\    †\4\    † \4\     --- No        In social studies: history, American government, and economic
---Not available.                                                                                             institutions.
†Not applicable.
\1\For this state, credits listed under health are for health and physical education combined.
\2\Exit exam policy under development or takes effect after 2004.
\3\For this state, credits listed under arts are for either visual/performing arts or foreign language.
\4\Graduation requirements are determined locally.
\5\Florida offers 3 programs: 4-year, 24-credit; 3-year, 18-credit college-prep; and 3-year, 18-credit career-prep.
\6\Values are based on semester credits.
\7\Credits listed are for college-bound students.
\8\For this state, credits listed under foreign language are for either foreign language or advanced technology.
\9\Unlimited elective credits.
\10\100 minutes/week total of health and physical education.
\11\For this state, credits listed under mathematics are for mathematics and science combined.
NOTE: Local school districts frequently have other graduation requirements in addition to state requirements. The Carnegie unit is a standard of measurement that represents one
credit for the completion of a 1-year course.
SOURCE: Council of Chief State School Officers, Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education: 2004 ; and supplemental information from several state education agencies. (This
table was prepared June 2006.)




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         | Math requirement includes algebra I and geometry. Science
Alabama ........................
         | includes biology and physical science.
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Alaska .........................
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Arizona .............................
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           Social studies requirement consists of world history;
Arkansas |................................
         | U.S. history; civics/government. Science includes
         | biological and physical sciences. Math requirement includes
         | algebra and geometry.
         |
         | ........................
CaliforniaPhysical education requirement consists of 2 years. Foreign
         | language requirement consists of 1 year.
         |
         |
         |
           Math, science, english, social studies, arts, and total
Colorado |\1\ .......................
         | credits are detremined locally.
         |
         |
         | Health credits are required for graduation.
Connecticut .....................
         |
         |
         |
         |
         |
         |
         |
         |
         | Science requirement consists of 3 credits that meet
         | state content standards. Math requirements consists
           of course offerings that
Delaware |........................ meet state content stndards.
         |
         |
         |
         |
          of
District '|Social studies requirement includes DC history and government,
         | ...........................
  ColumbiaU.S. history, and U.S. government. Math requirement includes
         | elementary algebra. 100 hours of community service are
         | required for graduation.
         |
         |
         |
         |
         | 2 of 3 science credits must have a laboratory requirement.
         | Math requirement consists of algebra 1 or course equivalent.
Florida .................................................................
         | Health requirement consists of 0.5 credits of life management
         | skills.
         |
         |
         | Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history, 0.5 unit
         | of governemtn, and
Georgia \2\,\3\ ........... 0.5 unit of economics. Language arts requirement
         | include 0.5 units of literature. Science requirement includes
         | 1 life science and one physical science unit. Math requirement includes
         | algebra 1. Physical education requirement includes 0.5 credits of
         | personal fitness. Language requirement includes 2 college prep units.
         | Prepatory diploma requirement includes 4 units of technology/career
         | prepatory courses.
         |
         |
         |
Hawaii .....................
         |
         |
         | Communications requirement includes 1 credit in speech or debate.
         | Science requirement includes 2 semester credits in lab science;
Idaho ..........................
         | content to include applied, earth space, physical and life science.
         |
         |
         |
         |
           Of the 2 math courses required, one may be in computer technology.
Illinois |.........................
         |
         |
         |
         |
         | Technology competency requirement includes 2 credits in computer
         | applications, keyboarding, programing, computerized accounting computer
         | operations, graphics,
Indiana ........................processes, business technology labs, or others.
         | Science requirement includes 4 credits minimum in 2 fields: life,
         | physical, earth/space science. Health requirement includes 1 course.
         | Physical education requirement includes 1 course. Attendance of 7 semesters
         | (9-12) is required for graduation.
         |
         |
         | Math, science, english,
Iowa\1\ ......................... and physical education requirements
         | are determined locally. Health requirements include grades 1-12
         | taught. Foreign language requirements include 4 units taught.
         |
         |
         |
         | Science requirement includes one laboratory course. A foreign
         | language course must be
Kansas ...........................offered to meet the graduation requirement.
         |
         |
         | English requirements include english I, II, III, and IV. Science
         | requirement includes 1 credit of life, physical, and earth/space
           science. Math requirement includes algebra 1 and geometry. There
Kentucky |...............................
         | is no foreign language requirement for graduation. An individual
         | graduation plan is required.
         |
         |
         |
         |
Louisiana .........................
         |
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         |
Maine ...........................
         |
         |
         | Science requirement includes earth, life, or physical science
           with laboratory requirement. Math requirement includes one
Maryland |...........................
         | algebraic concepts and one gemometric concepts course.
         | 2 advanced technology credits may fulfill the foreign language
         | requirement. Community service is required for graduation.
         |
         |
         |
         | Math, ............................
Massachusetts\1\science, english, and total credit requirements are
         | determined locally. Physical education credits are
         | required for graduation.
         |
         |
         | Math, science, english, arts, and total credit requirements
         | are determined locally. Social studies requirement consists
Michigan\1\ .............................................
         | of 0.5 civics credits.
         |
         |
         |
         | ...........................
Minnesota Total credit requirements include 24 standard based credits
         | and are determined locally. Math requirements are standard
         | based and determined locally.
         |
         |
         |
         | Social studies requirement includes world history, U.S. history, and
Mississippi .....................
         | U.S. government. Health requirements include comprehensive health.
         | Business technology requirements include MS studies. Science
         | requirements include biology 1. Math requirements include
         | algebra 1 and geometry. Keyboarding and computer applications
         | are required for graduation.
         |
         |
         |
           Social studies requirement includes american government: 0.5
Missouri |.................................
         | credits in local, state and federal government.
         |
         |
         |
         |
Montana ........................
         |
         |
         |
           Math, science, english,
Nebraska |........................ scoial studies, arts, and total credit
         | requirements are determined locally.
         |
         |
         |
         |
         |
Nevada\4\ ..........................
         |
         |
         |
         | Basic business and economics requirements include 0.5 credits
New Hampshire ..................
         | in basic business and economics ed. And 0.5 credits in
         | computer education. Science requirement includes 1 physical
         | science and 1 biological science course.
         |
         |
         |
New Jersey .......................
         |
         |
         |
         | ......................
New MexicoScience requirement includes one course with laboratory component.
         |
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         |
         |
New York |..............
         |
         |
         |
         | Science ......................
North Carolina \2\requirement includes a biology and physical science course.
         | Math requirement includes algebra 1.
         |
         |
         |
         |
         | Math, ..................
North Dakota \1\science, english, social studies, arts, and total credit
         | requirements are determined locally.
         |
         |
         |
         | American history and american government requirement includes
Ohio .............................
         | 0.5 units of american history and 0.5 units of american
         | government. Foreign language requirement includes 1 elective.
         | Science requirement includes one unit of biological science;
         | one unit physical science.
         |
         |
         |
         |
           Social studies requirement includes U.S. history; U.S. government;
Oklahoma |.........................
         | OK history. Science requirement includes biology and two higher
         | level courses. Math requirement includes algebra 1 and two higher
         | level courses.
         |
         |
        |
        |
Oregon ...........................
        |
        |
        |
        | Health, physical education, and foreign language requirements are
Pennsylvania\5\ .......................
        | determined locally.
        |
        |
        |
        | Science requirement includes
Rhode Island\2\...................... two units of lab science for
        | college bound students. Health requirement includes a total
        | of 100 minutes per week of health and physical education.
        | Physical education requirement includes a total of 100
        | minutes per week of health and physical fitness.
        |
        |
        | Physical education requirement includes 1 college perp credit. Foreign
South Carolina
        | language requirement includes 1 college prep credit. Students must
        | demonstrate computer literacy to graduate.
        |
        |
        | English/language arts requirement includes writing, american literature,
South Dakota ....................
        | and speech. Social studies requirement includes U.S. history, U.S. government,
        | and geography.
        |
        |
        | .......................
Tennessee Science requirement includes biology. Math requirement includes algebra 1.
        | Health and physical education requirements are combined and include
        | lifetime wellness.
        |
        |
        |
        | English/language arts requirement includes english I, II, III. Social
Texas ...................................
        | studies requirement includes U.S. history; world history; geography;
        | government. Econimics requirement includes economics. Science requirement
        | includes biology and integrated physics and chemistry and/or chemistry
        | and physics. Math requirement includes algebra 1 and geometry.
        |
        |
        | Language arts requirement
Utah ...............................includes 1 credit of language arts 9, 1 credit
        | of language arts 10, and one credit of language arts 11. Social studies
        | requirement includes 0.5 credits of geography, 0.5 credits of world
        | civilization, 1 credit of U.S. history, and 0.5 credits of U.S. government
        | and citizenship. Science requirement includes any 2 units from 4 science
        | courses: earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Math requirement
         | includes either algebra 1 and geometry; or applied math 1 and applied math 2.
         |
         |
         |
Vermont ............................
         |
         |
         |
           Social studies requirement includes history and social science: U.S. and
Virginia |....................
         | virginia history and U.S. and virginia government. Science requirement includes
         | 3 credits in mimimum of 2 fields: earth sciences, biology, and chemistry or physics
         | math requirement includes three credits at or above algebra 1.
         |
         |
         | ...........................
WashingtonScience and math requirement includes the essential academic learning requirements
         | instruction. Health requirement includes 100 minutes per week (1-8).
         |
         |
         |
         | English requirement includes reading and language arts. Social studies requirement
West Virginia ............
         | includes U.S. studies to 1900, world studies to 1900, and 20th/21st centuries studi
         | Science requirement includes coordinated and thematic science, grade 9 and 10. Math
         | requirement includes algebra I and one course above. 4 career major courses and
         | work based learning are required for graduation.
         |
         |
         | ...............................
Wisconsin Total credit requirements are locally elected.
         |
         |
         |
         |
         |
         | Total credit requirements are determined locally.
Wyoming ..................................
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|   Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of world
|   history/geography, 2 units of U.S. history/geography, .5
|   units   of economics and .5 units of government. Math
|   requirement includes algebra I and geometry. Science
|   includes 1 unit of biology and 1 unit of physical science.
|   Physical education requirement consists of 1 unit of PE and
|   .5 units of health. 6 levels of diploma offered. Numbers
|   given are for basic academic program.
|
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|   PE requirement includes health or PE.
|
|
|   English requirement includes .5 credits of the principles
|   of speech and debate. Social studies requirement consists
|   of 1 unit of world history/geography and 1.5 units of
|   U.S./Arizona history and constitutions.
|
|   Information is for College Preparatory diploma. 4th unit of
|   mathematics for students seeking unconditional college
|   admission will be required in 2004.
|
|   Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of U.S.
|   history/geography; 1 unit of world history, culture and
|   geography; .5 units of American government and .5 units of
|   economics. Science includes biological and physical
|   sciences. Foreign language or American Sign Language may
|   be substituted for visual/performing art credit.
|
|
|   ---
|
|   Social studies requirement includes .5 units of civics and
                  | American government. By September 1, 2002, each local and
                  | regional board of education must specify basic skills
                  | required for graduation for the graduating class of 2006 and
                  | thereafter. Plans must include criteria for assessing
                  | student competencies. The results of the 10th grade
                  | Connecticut Academic Performance Test cannot be used as the
                  | sole basis for the graduation criteria but must be included
                  | as one alternative.
                  |
                  |
                  | PE requirement includes .5 units of health and 1 unit in PE.
                  | Level of diploma (basic, standard, or distinguished)
                  | partially determined by students' score on Delaware
                  | Student Testing Program (DSTP).
                  |
                  '|
                  | Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of U.S.
                  | history, 1 unit of world history, .5 units of U.S.
                  | government, .5 units of world geography and .5 units of
                  | D.C. history/government. Math requirement includes algebra.
                  | Science requirement includes 1 unit of laboratory science.
                  | Students must complete 100 hours of community service
                  | in order to graduate.
                  |
                  | Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of American
                  | history, 1 unit of world history, .5 units of economics and
                  | .5 units of American government. Two science units must
                  | have a laboratory component. Math requirement includes
ry, 0.5 unit      | successful completion of algebra I. The PE requirement
requirement       | includes .5 units of life management skills and 1 unit of PE.
                  | Students must achieve a 2.0 GPA to graduate.
rement includes   |
redits of         |
e prep units.     |
logy/career       | College Preparatory Plus Diploma requires 2 more academic
                  | electives.
                  |
                  |
                  |
                  | Social studies requires 1 unit of U.S. history and
                  | government, 1 unit of world history and culture, .5 unit of
                  | world geography, .5 unit of modern history of Hawaii, and 1
                  | unit of social studies elective. PE requirement includes .5
fe science.       | units of health and 1 unit in PE.
                  |
                  | Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history,
                      |   1 unit of government and .5 units of economics. Science
                      |   requirement includes 1 unit of laboratory science.
echnology.            |
                      |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history
                      |   or a combination of U.S. history and American government.
                      |   Physical education must be provided daily, and PE credit
                      |   assignments are to be determined locally. Students must
                      |   take .5 unit or equivalent of health education. Local
unting computer       |   school district must provide the following: 9 weeks, 50
s, or others.         |   minutes a day, of consumer education; conservation of
ds: life,             |   natural resources; driver and safety education with 30
es 1 course.          |   hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the
ance of 7 semesters   |   wheel. Elective requirements are determined locally, but
                      |   must fulfill 16 total credit minimum.
                      |
                      |   1 unit of English/language arts may be from business
                      |   technology, family and consumer sciences, technology
                      |   education, or vocational-technical courses. PE requirement
                      |   includes health and PE. Students who successfully complete
                      |   a Level III foreign language course may have 1 unit of the
                      |   language arts requirement waived.
                      |
                      |   ---
equirement.           |
                      |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history
                      |   and .5 units of U.S. government. Science includes 1 unit
                      |   of laboratory course. PE requirement may include .5 units of
                      |   health. Kansas also requires .5 units of Kansas history
                      |   taken between the 7th and 12th grades.
                      |
                      |   Social studies includes world civilizations, world
                      |   geography, U.S. history, government, and economics.
                      |   Mathematics includes algebra I, geometry and one elective.
                      |   Science includes life science, physical science, and earth
                      |   and space science. PE requirement includes .5 unit of
                      |   health and .5 unit of PE. A local board of education may
                      |   substitute an integrated, applied, interdisciplinary or
                      |   higher level course for a required course.
                      |
                      |   Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of American
                      |   history, 1 unit of world history or geography or
                      |   civilization, .5 units of civics, and .5 units of free
                      |   enterprise. Math includes a maximum of 2 entry level
                      |   courses. Science requirement consists of 1 unit of biology
                      |   I, 1 unit of physical science and 1 unit from any other
                      |   course not already taken from physical science. PE
               |   includes .5 units   of health and 1.5 units in PE.
               |
               |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of American
               |   history, and .5 unit of Maine studies (if not taken between
               |   grades 6-8).   Science requirement includes 1 unit of
               |   laboratory study. PE includes .5 units of health and 1 unit
               |   in PE. Student must    pass computer proficiency standards.
               |
               |   Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of U.S.
               |   history, 1 unit of world history, and 1 unit of government.
               |   Math requirement includes 1 unit of algebra and 1 unit of
               |   geometry. Science requirement includes laboratory
               |   experience. PE requirement includes .5 unit of health and
               |   .5 unit of PE.
               |
               |   American history and civics and PE required.
               |
               |
               |
history, and   |
ve health.     |   Students must complete one course in government/civics.
               |   Although not required for graduation, state law requires
               |   health and physical education to be provided for all
               |   students.
               |
               |   Social studies requirement includes U.S. history, U.S.
               |   citizenship, diverse perspectives, and human geography.
               |   Science requirement includes biology, chemistry, earth and
               |   space systems, physics, and environmental systems.
               |
               |   Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of world
               |   history, 1 unit of U.S. history, .5 units of U.S. government,
               |   and .5 units of Mississippi studies. Math requirement
               |   includes algebra I and geometry. Science must include
               |   biology I. There is no PE requirement, only .5 units of
               |   health.
               |
               |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of American
               |   history and .5 units of government. Arts education
               |   includes 1 unit of fine arts and 1 unit of practical arts
               |   (vocational/technical skills).
               |
               |   In accordance with the policies of the local board of
               |   trustees, students may be graduated from high school with
               |   less than four years enrollment. Arts education
               |   includes 1 unit of fine arts and 1 unit of practical arts
              |   (vocational/technical skills).
              |
              |   Nebraska requires a minimum of 200 high school credit hours
              |   (at least 80% of which must be taken in language arts, social
              |   studies, mathematics, science, PE/health, visual/performing
              |   arts, and foreign language).
              |
              |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of American
              |   government and 1 unit of American history. PE requirement
              |   includes .5 units of health and 2 units of PE. Computer
              |   literacy requirement may be waived by demonstration of
component.    |   competency. Data are for standard diploma.
              |
              |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. and New
              |   Hampshire history and government. Science requirement is
              |   1 unit of physical science and 1 unit of biological science.
              |   PE requirement includes .25 units of health and 1 unit of
              |   PE. Computer education requirement may be met through
              |   examination or course prior to high school.
              |
nce course.   |   ---
              |
              |
              |   Social studies includes U.S. history/geography, world
              |   history/geography, and government/ economics. Science
              |   requirement includes 1 lab component. With the approval
              |   of the local school board, participation on an athletic team
              |   or in an athletic sport during the school day may count
              |   toward fulfillment of the physical education required unit.
              |
              |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S.
              |   history and government, .5 units of government and
              |   .5 units of economics. Students may meet the learning
              |   standards in technology, either through a course in
              |   technology education or through an integrated course
              |   combining technology with mathematics and/or science.
              |   A commencement-level course in technology education may be
              |   used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics,
              |   but not both. Data are for Regents diploma. Advanced Regents
              |   diploma available.
overnment;    |
              |   4th mathematics credit required for 9th graders in the
              |   College/University Prep course of study entering high
              |   school in 2002-03. An Occupational Course of study with
              |   different requirements is available starting in 2000-01
              |   for students with Individualized Education Plans. Students
                         |   must demonstrate computer proficiency through state testing.
                         |
                         |   Data are state minimums, but actual requirements are
                         |   determined locally. N.D. Department of Education
                         |   recommends 20 credits in order to graduate.
ments are                |
                         |   Social studies requirement includes .5 units of U.S.
                         |   history and .5 units of U.S. government. Science
                         |   requirement includes 1 unit of biology and 1 unit of
                         |   physical science. PE requirement consists of .5 units of
                         |   PE and .5 units of health. Starting 9/15/01 one elective
                         |   unit or 2 half-units must include business/technology, fine
                         |   arts, or foreign language.
                         |
                         |   English/language arts requirement includes 1 unit of
                         |   grammar/composition. Social studies requirement includes
                         |   1 unit of U.S. history, .5 units of Oklahoma history,
redit. Foreign           |   a minimum of .5 units of U.S. government. Math requirement
dents must               |   includes 1 unit of algebra I. Science requirement includes
                         |   1 unit of biology I. State strongly encourages students to
                         |   complete 2 units of a foreign language.
                         |
ican literature,         |   English/language arts requirement includes 1 unit of
tory, U.S. government,   |   writing composition. Arts/vocation requirement may be met
                         |   by earning 1 unit in any one or a combination of applied
                         |   arts, fine arts or foreign language.
                         |
ncludes algebra 1.       |   Beginning in 2002-03, in order to graduate, students shall
and include              |   demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics
                         |   on either state or local assessments in grade 11 or 12.
                         |
                         |
                         |   Students must take 100 minutes per week of PE/health.
, III. Social            |
; geography;             |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history,
ience requirement        |   .5 units of U.S. government and .5 units of economics.
d/or chemistry           |   PE requirement may be met through participation in JROTC
                         |   program. For students in a Tech Prep Program, 1 unit must be
                         |   earned in occupation education instead of a foreign language.
                         |   Demonstration of computer literacy before graduation
arts 9, 1 credit         |   also required.
 Social studies          |
ts of world              |   English/language arts requirement includes 1.5 units of
of U.S. government       |   writing, 1.5 units of literature, .5 units of American
s from 4 science         |   literature and .5 units of speech. Social studies
 Math requirement        |   requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history, .5 units of
1 and applied math 2.              |   U.S. government and .5 units of geography.
                                   |
                                   |   Science requirement includes 1 unit of life science and
                                   |   1 unit of physical science. All science courses must
                                   |   incorporate lab experiences. One full year of computer
                                   |   education required at some time during high school career,
                                   |   no credit value assigned.
cience: U.S. and                   |
ce requirement includes            |   Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of world history
y, and chemistry or physics.       |   or world geography, 1 unit of U.S. history, .5 units of
                                   |   U.S. government, and .5 units of economics. Math
                                   |   requirement includes algebra I. Science requirement must
                                   |   include 1 unit from biology, chemistry, or physics. PE
emic learning requirements guide   |   requirement includes .5 units of health and 1.5 units of
 week (1-8).                       |   PE.
                                   |
                                   |   Required elective areas are divided into college entry or
                                   |   applied technology/job entry clusters. Information
Social studies requirement         |   technology requirement optional. Library media skills
d 20th/21st centuries studies.     |   integrated into subject areas.
ience, grade 9 and 10. Math        |
areer major courses and            |   Beginning in 2005 local school districts will have the
                                   |   option of fulfilling current Carnegie requirements with
                                   |   field of knowledge assessment. Field of knowledge
                                   |   assessment is part of Vermont's system of standards, which
                                   |   includes arts, language, and literature, history and social
                                   |   sciences, and science, mathematics, and technology.
                                   |
                                   |   Data are for Standard Diploma. Beginning in 2004, Standard
                                   |   of Learning tests must be passed in 5 subjects areas.
                                   |
                                   |
                                   |   Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of U.S.
                                   |   history/government, .5 units of Washington state history/
                                   |   government, and 1 unit of world history/geography. Science
                                   |   requires 1 unit of laboratory science. Each student shall
                                   |   complete a culminating project for graduation.
                                   |
                                   |   Math requirement includes algebra I and 1 higher math.
                                   |   Science includes coordinated and thematic science and 1
                                   |   higher science. PE requirement includes 1 unit of health and
                                   |   1 unit of PE. Work-based learning experience (determined
                                   |   by local school district) required.
                                   |
                                   |   PE consists of 1.5 units of PE and .5 units of health.
                                   |   State strongly encourages school boards to require
|   additional 8.5 elective units. School boards may also
|   require community service as a graduation criterion.
|
|
|   Social studies requirement includes history, American
|   government and economic systems and institutions.
|   Exit exam covers principles of the Constitutions of the
|   U.S. and Wyoming.
|   ________________________________________________________
         Table 152. State requirements for high school graduation, in Carnegie units:   2001
         _________________




         State




         _________________
         1
         _________________
         Alabama ........................




cal science.
nit of PE and
d. Numbers



         Alaska .........................




          Arizona .............................
nt consists




         Arkansas ................................




         California ........................

.5 units of

nguage may




         Colorado \1\ .......................

         Connecticut .....................
ch local and

s of 2006 and



 used as the
t be included




         Delaware ........................




         District of
           Columbia ...........................



udes algebra.
ry science.




          Florida .................................................................
conomics and




 1 unit of PE.




         Georgia \2\,\3\ ...........




          Hawaii .....................
e, .5 unit of
Hawaii, and 1
t includes .5



         Idaho ..........................
          Illinois .........................
overnment.




ehind the
cally, but



         Indiana ........................

 requirement
ly complete
unit of the



         Iowa\1\ .........................

          Kansas ...........................
des 1 unit
de .5 units of




         Kentucky ...............................

e elective.
, and earth

ucation may




         Louisiana .........................




it of biology
          Maine ...........................
aken between

th and 1 unit
y standards.

          Maryland ...........................
 government.
 1 unit of

 health and



         Massachusetts\1\ ............................




         Michigan\1\ .............................................




         Minnesota ...........................

, earth and



          Mississippi .....................
S. government,




         Missouri .................................

tical arts



          Montana ........................
chool with

tical arts
          Nebraska ........................
e arts, social
l/performing



          Nevada\4\ ..........................
requirement
 Computer




          New Hampshire ..................
irement is
ical science.
 1 unit of




            New Jersey .......................



            New Mexico ......................



athletic team

quired unit.

            New York ..............




tion may be
mathematics,
vanced Regents



            North Carolina \2\ ......................

tudy with

s.   Students
tate testing.

         North Dakota \1\ ..................




         Ohio .............................



5 units of
e elective
nology, fine



          Oklahoma .........................
t includes

 requirement
ent includes
 students to



          Oregon ...........................
 may be met
f applied



          Pennsylvania\5\ .......................
 mathematics




         Rhode Island\2\......................

         South Carolina\2\ ...

 in JROTC
 unit must be
eign language.




         South Dakota ....................
         Tennessee .......................



ool career,



         Texas ...................................



ement must




         Utah ...............................




         Vermont ............................



ards, which
y and social



         Virginia ....................




          Washington ...........................
e history/
hy. Science
udent shall



         West Virginia ............

 of health and
determined



         Wisconsin ...............................
Wyoming ..................................




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---Not available.
† Not applicable.
\1\Graduation requirements are determined locally.
\2\Data for College Preparatory Diploma.
\3\Career Preparatory Diploma also available.
\4\Graduation requirements are currently being phased in by local school districts. However,
\5\State minimum credit requirements have been phased out in Pennsylvania. Each school distr
\6\Value is based on semester credits.
\7\State requirements are combined between health and physical education to equal 1 credit.
\8\State requirements are combined between mathematics and science to equal 5 credits.
\9\State requirements are combined between health and physical education to equal 2 credits.
requirements for graduation in a strategic plan requiring state approval. To graduate, stude
state or local assessments aligned with state guidelines.
NOTE: Local school districts frequently have other graduation requirements in addition to st
English/language arts--can include English, Reading, Literature, Creative Writing, etc.
Mathematics--can include Basic Math, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Stat
Social studies--can include World History, U.S. History, Geography, Economics, Government, et
Science--can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Earth Science, etc.
Arts/vocation--can include Fine Arts, Practical Arts, Vocational, or Career Preparatory credi
Technology--can include Computer Literacy, Computer Technology, Technology Competency, etc.
SOURCE: State Boards of Education; and Education Commission of the States, Clearinghouse Not
November 1996 and November 1998; Education Commission of the States, Clearinghouse Notes, "Ch
State Actions" June 1999. (This table was prepared April 2005.)
gie units:   2001
school districts. However, as of yet, no statewide deadline exists dictating when this should occur.
ylvania. Each school district (including charter schools) shall specify

cation to equal 1 credit.
 to equal 5 credits.
cation to equal 2 credits.
proval. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics on eit

uirements in addition to state requirements.
reative Writing, etc.
re-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, etc.
, Economics, Government, etc.
cience, etc.
or Career Preparatory credits.
chnology Competency, etc.
e States, Clearinghouse Notes, "High School Graduation Requirements"
s, Clearinghouse Notes, "Choice of Schools:
this should occur.




d mathematics on either

				
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