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Table 199. Credit requirements and exit exam requirements for a standard high school diploma and the use of other high school completion credentials, by state: 2011 and 2012
State Course credits (in Carnegie units), 2011 High school exit exams, 2012 Other completion credentials, 2012
Total required credits for standard diploma, all courses Required credits in selected subject areas Exit exam required for standard diploma Characteristics of required exams Advanced recogni-tion for exceeding standard require-ments Alternative credential for not meeting all standard require-ments2
English/ language arts Social studies Science Mathe-matics Other credits Subjects tested1 Exam based on standards for 10th grade or higher Appeals or alternative route to standard diploma if exam failed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Alabama 24.00   4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 8.00 Yes   EMSH   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alaska 21.00   4.00 3.00 2.00 2.00 10.00 Yes   EM   Yes Yes No Yes
Arizona 20.00   4.00 2.50 2.00 2.00 9.50 Yes   EM   Yes Yes Yes No
Arkansas 22.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 8.00 Yes   M   No Yes No No
California 13.00   3.00 3.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 Yes   EM   Yes Yes Yes Yes
                               
Colorado   0.50 No     No No
Connecticut 20.00   4.00 3.00 2.00 3.00 8.00 No 3   No No
Delaware 22.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 8.00 No     No Yes
District of
    Columbia
24.00   4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 8.00 No     No Yes
Florida 24.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 10.00 Yes   EM   Yes Yes No Yes
                               
Georgia 22.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 8.00 Yes   EMSH   Yes Yes No Yes
Hawaii 24.00   4.00 4.00 3.00 3.00 10.00 No     Yes Yes
Idaho 21.00   4.50 2.50 2.00 2.00 10.00 Yes   EM   Yes Yes No No
Illinois 16.00   3.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 6.00 No     No No
Indiana 20.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 7.00 Yes   EM   Yes Yes Yes No
                               
Iowa 13.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 0.00 No     Yes No
Kansas 21.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 8.00 No     No No
Kentucky 22.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 9.00 No     Yes Yes
Louisiana 23.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 10.00 Yes   EMSH 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maine 16.00   4.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 6.00 No     No Yes
                               
Maryland 21.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 8.00 Yes   EMS   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Massachusetts   Yes   EMS   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Michigan 16.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 2.00 No     No No
Minnesota 21.50   4.00 3.50 3.00 3.00 8.00 Yes   EM 5 Yes Yes No No
Mississippi 21.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 7.00 Yes   EMSH   Yes Yes No Yes
                               
Missouri 24.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 11.00 No     No No
Montana 20.00   4.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 10.00 No     No No
Nebraska 200.00 6 No     No No
Nevada 22.50   4.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 11.50 Yes   EMS   Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Hampshire 19.75   4.00 2.50 2.00 2.00 9.25 No     Yes Yes
                               
New Jersey 22.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 9.00 Yes   EM   Yes Yes No No
New Mexico 23.00   4.00 3.50 3.00 3.00 9.50 No     No No
New York 22.00   4.00 4.00 3.00 3.00 8.00 Yes   EMSH   Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Carolina 20.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 6.00 No     Yes Yes
North Dakota 22.00   No     No No
                               
Ohio 20.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 7.00 Yes   EMSH   Yes Yes Yes No
Oklahoma 23.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 10.00 Yes   EMSH 7 Yes Yes Yes No
Oregon 24.00   4.00 3.00 2.00 3.00 12.00 No     No Yes
Pennsylvania   No     Yes No
Rhode Island 20.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 6.00 No 8   No No
                               
South Carolina 24.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 4.00 10.00 Yes   EM   Yes No Yes Yes
South Dakota 22.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 9.00 No     No No
Tennessee 20.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 7.00 Yes   EMS   Yes No Yes Yes
Texas 26.00   4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 10.00 Yes   EMSH   Yes No Yes Yes
Utah 24.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 11.00 No     No Yes
                               
Vermont 20.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 7.00 No     No No
Virginia 22.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 9.00 Yes   EMSH 9 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Washington 19.00   3.00 2.50 2.00 2.00 9.50 Yes   E 10 Yes Yes No No
West Virginia 24.00   4.00 4.00 3.00 4.00 9.00 No     Yes Yes
Wisconsin 13.00   4.00 3.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 No     No Yes
Wyoming 13.00   4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 0.00 No     Yes No
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 Exit exam subjects tested: E = English (including writing), M = Mathematics, S = Science, and H = History/social studies.
2 A certificate of attendance is an example of an alternative credential for students who do not meet all requirements for a standard diploma. Depending on an individual state’s policies, alternative credentials may be offered to students with disabilities, students who fail exit exams, or other students who do not meet all requirements.
3 Requirement takes effect for class of 2020.
4 Students must pass either the science or social studies components of the Graduation Exit Examination (GEE) to receive a standard diploma.
5 Students can graduate by passing statewide reading and writing assesments and either passing mathematics assessments or meeting other requirements.
6 Expressed in semester credits instead of Carnegie units.
7 To receive the standard diploma, students in the class of 2012 must pass tests in algebra 1, English 2, and two of the following five subjects: algebra 2, biology 1, English 3, geometry, and U.S. history.
8 Requirement takes effect for class of 2014.
9 To receive the standard diploma, students must earn at least six verified credits by passing end-of-course assessments. One of those credits may be earned by passing a student-selected test in computer science, technology, career and technical education, or other areas.
10 For the graduating class of 2012, students must pass an exit exam in reading and writing. Students in the class of 2013 will be required to pass reading, writing, and mathematics assessments.
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: Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, custom table, retrieved June 7, 2012, from Education Counts database (http://www.edcounts.org/createtable/step1.php); and Education Week, Diplomas Count 2012, "Graduation Policies" table, retrieved June 7, 2012, from http://www.edweek.org/media/ew/dc/2012/Graduation-Policies-Class-of-2012-table.pdf. (This table was prepared June 2012.)
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