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Table 153. State requirements for high school graduation, in Carnegie units: 2001

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       State       | ses  |English|      |         |            | Physi- |        |        |      |                                            |which these|     test is     |                            Notes
                   |      | lan-  |Social| Mathe-  |    Sci-    |cal edu-| Arts/  | Tech-  |Elec- |               Other courses                | require-  |     requi-      |
                   |      | guage |stud- | matics  |    ence    |cation/ |Vocation| nology |tives |                                            |   ments   |     red to      |
                   |      | arts  | ies  |         |            | health |        |        |      |                                            |   apply   |    graduate     |
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         1         |  2   |   3   |  4   |    5    |     6      |   7    |   8    |   9    |  10  |                     11                     |    12     |       13        |                             14
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Alabama ...........|   24 |     4 |    4 |       4 |          4 |    1.5 |    0.5 |    0.5 |  5.5 |                    ---                     |      2000 |       Yes       |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Alaska ............|   21 |     4 |    3 |       2 |          2 |      1 |      0 |      0 |    9 |                    ---                     |      1978 |       Yes       |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2004) |PE requirement includes health or PE.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Arizona ...........|   20 |     4 |  2.5 |       2 |          2 |      0 |      1 |      0 |  8.5 |                    ---                     |      1996 |       Yes       |English requirement includes .5 credits of the principles
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2002) |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Arkansas ..........|   21 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      1 |    0.5 |      0 |    6 |.5 (oral communication)                     |      2004 |       No        |Information is for College Preparatory diploma.  4th unit of
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |mathematics for students seeking unconditional college
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |admission will be required in 2004.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
California ........|   13 |     3 |    3 |       2 |          2 |      2 |      1 |      0 |    0 |                    ---                     |      1989 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of U.S.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2004) |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Colorado \1\.......| ---  |  ---  | ---  |   ---   |    ---     |  ---   |  ---   |  ---   | ---  |                    ---                     |    ---    |       No        |---
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Connecticut .......|   20 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          2 |      1 |      1 |      0 |    6 |                    ---                     |      2004 |       Yes       |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Delaware ..........|   22 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |    1.5 |      0 |      1 |  3.5 |3 (career pathway)                          |      2000 |       Yes       |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).
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
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  Columbia ........| 23.5 |     4 |  3.5 |       3 |          3 |    1.5 |      2 |      0 |  4.5 |2 (foreign language)                        |      1995 |       No        |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Florida ...........|   24 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |    1.5 |      1 |      0 |  8.5 |                    ---                     |      2003 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of American
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2003) |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
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |successful completion of algebra I. The PE requirement
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |includes .5 units of life management skills and 1 unit of PE.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |Students must achieve a 2.0 GPA to graduate.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
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Georgia \2\,\3\ ...|   22 |     4 |    3 |       4 |          3 |      1 |      0 |      0 |    4 |3 (2 units of foreign language; plus 1      |      2001 |       Yes       |College Preparatory Plus Diploma requires 2 more academic
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |unit of the following:  computer technology,|           |                 |electives.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |fine arts, technology/career preparatory, or|           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |1 additional unit of foreign language)      |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Hawaii ............|   22 |     4 |    4 |       3 |          3 |    1.5 |      0 |      0 |    6 |.5 (guidance)                               |      1997 |       No        |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
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |units of health and 1 unit in PE.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Idaho .............|   21 |   4.5 |  2.5 |       2 |          2 |    0.5 |      0 |      0 |  8.5 |1 (humanities)                              |      2001 |       No        |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Illinois ..........|   16 |     3 |    2 |       2 |          1 |    0.5 |      0 |      0 |  7.5 |1 (music, art, foreign language,            |      1988 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |American Sign Language, or vocational       |           |                 |or a combination of U.S. history and American government.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |education)                                  |           |                 |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
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |school district must provide the following: 9 weeks, 50
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |minutes a day, of consumer education;  conservation of
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |natural resources; driver and safety education with 30
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |wheel.  Elective requirements are determined locally, but
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |must fulfill 16 total credit minimum.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Indiana ...........|   20 |     4 |    2 |       2 |          2 |      1 |      0 |      0 |    8 |1 (language arts, science, mathematics,     |      2004 |       Yes       |1 unit of English/language arts may be from business
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |social studies, or technology competency)   |           |                 |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Iowa\1\ ...........| ---  |  ---  | ---  |   ---   |    ---     |  ---   |  ---   |  ---   | ---  |                    ---                     |    ---    |       No        |---
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Kansas ............|   21 |     4 |    3 |       2 |          2 |      1 |      0 |      0 |    9 |.5 (Kansas history; taken between 7th       |      2001 |       No        |Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |and 12th grades)                            |           |                 |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Kentucky...........|   22 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      1 |      1 |      0 |    7 |                    ---                     |      2002 |       No        |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Louisiana .........|   23 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      2 |      0 |      0 |    8 |                    ---                     |      2003 |       Yes       |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Maine .............|   16 |     4 |    2 |       2 |          2 |    1.5 |      1 |      0 |  3.5 |                    ---                     |      1989 |       No        |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Maryland ..........|   21 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      1 |      1 |      1 |    3 |2 (foreign language or advanced             |      1997 |      Yes        |Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of U.S.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |technology)                                 |           | (class of 2007) |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Massachusetts\1\ ..| ---  |  ---  | ---  |   ---   |    ---     |  ---   |  ---   |  ---   | ---  |                    ---                     |    ---    |       Yes       |American history and civics and PE required.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2003) |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Michigan\1\ .......| ---  |  ---  | ---  |   ---   |    ---     |  ---   |  ---   |  ---   | ---  |                    ---                     |    ---    |       No        |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Minnesota .........|   24 |     5 |    4 |       3 |          2 |      3 |      0 |      0 |    3 |4 (2 units of inquiry, 2 units of           |    \4\    |       Yes       |Social studies requirement includes U.S. history, U.S.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |resource management)                        |           |                 |citizenship, diverse perspectives, and human geography.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |Science requirement includes biology, chemistry, earth and
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |space systems, physics, and environmental systems.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Mississippi .......|   20 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |    0.5 |      1 |      1 |  4.5 |                    ---                     |      2002 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of world
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2002) |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Missouri ..........|   22 |     3 |    2 |       2 |          2 |      1 |      2 |      0 |   10 |                    ---                     |      1988 |       No        |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).
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Montana ...........|   20 |     4 |    2 |       2 |          2 |      1 |      2 |      0 |    7 |                    ---                     |      1993 |       No        |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 ..........| ---  |  ---  | ---  |   ---   |    ---     |  ---   |  ---   |  ---   | ---  |                    ---                     |      1991 |       No        |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).
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Nevada\4\ .........| 22.5 |     4 |    2 |       3 |          2 |    2.5 |      1 |    0.5 |  7.5 |                    ---                     |      2003 |       Yes       |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
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |competency.  Data are for standard diploma.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
New Hampshire .....|19.75 |     4 |    2 |       2 |          2 |   1.25 |    0.5 |    0.5 |    7 |.5 (business/economic education)            |      1989 |       No        |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
New Jersey ........|   22 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |   0.75 |      2 |      0 | 6.25 |2 (foreign language)                        |      2005 |       Yes       |---
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2004) |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
New Mexico ........|   23 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          2 |      1 |      0 |      0 |    9 |1 (communication skills or foreign          |      1990 |       Yes       |Social studies includes U.S. history/geography, world
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |language)                                   |           |                 |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
New York ..........|   22 |     4 |    4 |       3 |          3 |    2.5 |      1 |      0 |  3.5 |1 (foreign language)                        |      2005 |       Yes       |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
North Carolina \2\.|   20 |     4 |    3 |       4 |          3 |      1 |  \3\   |      0 |    3 |2 (foreign language)                        |      2004 |       Yes       |4th mathematics credit required for 9th graders in the
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2005) |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
North Dakota \1\...|   17 |     4 |    3 |       2 |          2 |      1 |      0 |      0 |    5 |                    ---                     |    N/A    |       No        |Data are state minimums, but actual requirements are
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |determined locally.  N.D. Department of Education
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |recommends 20 credits in order to graduate.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Ohio ..............|   21 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      1 |      0 |      0 |    7 |                    ---                     |      2004 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement includes .5 units of U.S.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2005) |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Oklahoma ..........|   23 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      0 |      2 |      0 |    8 |                    ---                     |      2003 |       Yes       |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,
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |a minimum of .5 units of U.S. government.  Math requirement
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Oregon ............|   22 |     3 |    3 |       2 |          2 |      2 |      1 |      0 |    9 |                    ---                     |      2001 |       No        |English/language arts requirement includes 1 unit of
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Pennsylvania\5\ ...| ---  |  ---  | ---  |   ---   |    ---     |  ---   |  ---   |  ---   | ---  |                    ---                     |    N/A    |       Yes       |Beginning in 2002-03, in order to graduate, students shall
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2003) |demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |on either state or local assessments in grade 11 or 12.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Rhode Island\2\....|   18 |     4 |    2 |       3 |          2 |      0 |    0.5 |    0.5 |    4 |2 (foreign language)                        |      1990 |       No        |Students must take 100 minutes per week of PE/health.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
South Carolina\2\ .|   24 |     4 |    3 |       4 |          3 |      1 |      0 |      1 |    7 |1 (foreign language)                        |      2001 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history,
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |.5 units of U.S. government and .5 units of economics.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |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
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |also required.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
South Dakota ......|   22 |     4 |    3 |       2 |          2 |      0 |      1 |    0.5 |  8.5 |1 (additional unit of either mathematics    |      2004 |       No        |English/language arts requirement includes 1.5 units of
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |or science)                                 |           |                 |writing, 1.5 units of literature, .5 units of American
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |literature and .5 units of speech.  Social studies
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |requirement includes 1 unit of U.S. history, .5 units of
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |U.S. government and .5 units of geography.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Tennessee .........|   20 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      1 |      0 |      0 |    6 |                    ---                     |      1998 |       Yes       |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Texas..............|   22 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          2 |      2 |      0 |      1 |  5.5 |.5 (speech), 1 (World History Studies,      |      2001 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement includes 1 unit of world history
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |Geography Studies, or any science           |           |                 |or world geography, 1 unit of U.S. history, .5 units of
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |course approved by the State Board of       |           |                 |U.S. government, and .5 units of economics.  Math
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |Education)                                  |           |                 |requirement includes algebra I.  Science requirement must
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |include 1 unit from biology, chemistry, or physics.  PE
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |requirement includes .5 units of health and 1.5 units of
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |PE.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Utah ..............|   24 |     3 |    3 |       2 |          2 |      2 |    1.5 |      1 |  9.5 |                    ---                     |      1997 |       Yes       |Required elective areas are divided into college entry or
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2005) |applied technology/job entry clusters.  Information
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |technology requirement optional.  Library media skills
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |integrated into subject areas.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Vermont ...........|   20 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |    1.5 |      1 |      0 |  4.5 |                    ---                     |      2002 |       No        |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Virginia ..........|   22 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      2 |      1 |      0 |    6 |                    ---                     |      2002 |       Yes       |Data are for Standard Diploma. Beginning in 2004, Standard
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2004) |of Learning tests must be passed in 5 subjects areas.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Washington ........|   19 |     3 |  2.5 |       2 |          2 |      2 |      1 |      0 |  5.5 |1 (occupational education)                  |      2008 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement consists of 1 unit of U.S.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2008) |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
West Virginia .....|   24 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      2 |      1 |      0 |    4 |4 (career majors)                           |      2003 |       No        |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.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Wisconsin .........|   13 |     4 |    3 |       2 |          2 |      2 |      0 |      0 |    0 |                    ---                     |      2004 |       Yes       |PE consists of 1.5 units of PE and .5 units of health.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2004) |State strongly encourages school boards to require
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |additional 8.5 elective units.  School boards may also
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |require community service as a graduation criterion.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |
Wyoming ...........|   13 |     4 |    3 |       3 |          3 |      0 |      0 |      0 |    0 |                    ---                     |      2003 |       Yes       |Social studies requirement includes history, American
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           | (class of 2003) |government and economic systems and institutions.
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |Exit exam covers principles of the Constitutions of the
                   |      |       |      |         |            |        |        |        |      |                                            |           |                 |U.S. and Wyoming.
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---Not available or 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, as of yet, no statewide deadline exists dictating when this should occur.
\5\State minimum credit requirements have been phased out in Pennsylvania. Each school district (including charter schools) shall specify requirements for graduation in a strategic plan requiring state approval. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics on either state or local assessments aligned with state guidelines.

NOTE: Local school districts frequently have other graduation requirements in addition to state requirements. English/language arts
--can include English, Reading, Literature, Creative Writing, etc. Mathematics--can include Basic Math, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, etc. Social studies--can include World History, U.S. History, Geography, Economics, Government, etc. Science--can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Earth Science, etc. Arts/vocation--can include Fine Arts, Practical Arts, Vocational, or Career Preparatory credits. Technology--can include Computer Literacy, Computer Technology, Technology Competency, etc.

SOURCE: State Boards of Education; and Education Commission of the States, Clearinghouse Notes, "High School Graduation Requirements" November 1996 and November 1998; Education Commission of the States, Clearinghouse Notes, "Choice of Schools: State Actions" June 1999. (This table was prepared June 2001.)


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