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2000 High School Transcript Study Tabulations Report Tables

Table 15.Percentage of high school graduates who earned at least the minimum core course curriculum credits, by state law governing graduation requirements: 1998

Minimum core curriculum creditsLaw 1 states1 Non-Law 1 states Law 2 states2 Non-Law 2 states
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 3 Math + 3 Sci. + 1/2 Comp. + 2 F.L.
Percent 18.1 13.8 17.3 11.3
s.e. 3.80 1.63 2.42 1.46
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 3 Math + 3 Sci. + 1/2 Comp.
Percent 23.1 16.8 21.5 14.0
s.e. 4.30 1.57 2.60 1.59
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 3 Math + 3 Sci. + 2 F.L.
Percent 55.0 40.1 51.7 32.7
s.e. 4.57 2.08 2.71 2.18
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 3 Math + 3 Sci.
Percent 72.8 48.4 65.0 40.5
s.e. 5.80 2.31 3.30 2.36
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 2 Math + 2 Sci.
Percent 84.1 71.9 82.4 64.3
s.e. 4.81 2.33 2.69 2.64

1 Law 1 states are states that require 4 years of English, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of mathematics, and 3 years of science for graduation from high school. The 1998 Law 1 states are Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

2 Law 2 states are states that require 4 years of English, 3 years of social studies, 2 years of mathematics, and 2 years of science for graduation from high school. The 1998 Law 2 states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In Colorado, school districts, not the state sets the graduation requirements. All students from Colorado in the 1998 sample were from schools that met neither the Law 1 or Law 2 requirements for graduation.

NOTE: Subject field abbreviations used in this table include Eng. = English, S.S. = Social Studies, Math = Mathematics, Sci. = Science, Comp. = Computer Science, and F.L. = Foreign Languages. Estimates in this table may differ somewhat from other NCES reports for reasons such as differences in inclusion/exclusion criteria for student records or changes in the taxonomy used to summarize the courses. Some students are not required to meet state requirements in order to graduate. For example, special education, vocational, and private school students may meet different criteria for graduation.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 1998.


Last updated 8 March 2007 (HM)

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