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Table 151.State requirements for high school graduation, in Carnegie units: 1980 and 1993

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           State            | All | All |English/|      |      |     | Physi- |     |                                  |which the|                       Notes
                            |cour-|cour-|  lan-  |Social|Mathe-|Sci- |cal edu-|Elec-|          Other courses           |require- |
                            | ses | ses | guage  |stud- |matics|ence |cation/ |tives|                                  |  ments  |
                            |     |     |  arts  | ies  |      |     | health |     |                                  |  apply  |
____________________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|_____|________|_____|__________________________________|_________|___________________________________________________
             1              |  2  |  3  |   4    |  5   |  6   |  7  |   8    |  9  |                10                |   11    |                        12
____________________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|_____|________|_____|__________________________________|_________|___________________________________________________
Alabama                     |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  20 |  22 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   2 |    1.5 | 9.5 |                                  |    1989 |Must become computer literate through related
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  coursework.  Minimum competency test is
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  required for graduation.
  Advanced .................| --- |  22 |      4 |    4 |    3 |   3 |    1.5 |   4 |2 foreign languages, .5 home/     |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |   personal management            |         |
Alaska .....................|  19 |  21 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   2 |      1 |   9 |                                  |     --- |
Arizona ....................|  16 |  20 |      4 |  2.5 |    2 |   2 |    --- |   9 |.5 free enterprise                |    1991 |Minimum competency test is required for graduation.
Arkansas ...................|  16 |  20 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      1 | 6.5 |.5 fine arts                      |    1988 |  Social studies options:  2 or 3 units social
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  studies and 1 practical arts.
California                  |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|(\1\)|  13 |      3 |    3 |    2 |   2 |      2 | --- |1 fine arts or foreign language   |     --- |The state board has published "Model Graduation
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  Requirements" to be used as a guide by local
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  districts.  These include specifics in core
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  subjects plus computer studies and foreign
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  language.  Test and cut-off standards for early
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  exit, with parental approval.  Minimum compe-
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  tency test is required for graduation.  State has
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |suggested model of curriculum to guide local distri
  Advanced .................| --- |  16 |      3 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      2 | --- |2 in same foreign language, 1 fine|     --- |advising students on requirements for college entry
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  arts                            |         |
Colorado ...................| --- |(\2\)|  (\2\) |(\2\) |(\2\) |(\2\)|  (\2\) |(\2\)|                                  |     --- |State has constitutional prohibition against
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  state requirements.  School accreditation
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  requirements total 30 units covering
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  language arts, social studies, science, math,
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  foreign language, fine/vocational/practical arts,
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  health/safety, and physical education.
Connecticut ................|(\2\)|  20 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      1 |   6 |1 arts or vocational education    |    1988 |
Delaware ...................|  18 |  19 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   2 |    1.5 | 6.5 |                                  |    1987 |Minimum competency test is required for
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  graduation.
District of                 |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Columbia .................|  18 |23.5 |      4 |  3.5 |    3 |   3 |    1.5 | 3.5 |2 foreign languages; 1 life       |    1996 |Electives must include life skills seminar or
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  skills; 1 career/vocational;    |         |  passage of a test.  D.C. requires 100 hours of
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     | .5 fine arts; .5 music           |         |  community service without credit.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
Florida                     |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|(\2\)|  24 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |    0.5 |   9 |.5 practical/exploratory voca-    |    1989 |2 of science units must include labs.  Students
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  tional education; .5 performing |         |  must have 1.5 GPA to graduate.  Junior and senior
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  arts or speech & debate; .5     |         |  students may receive dual credits for college
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  life management skills          |         |  coursework.  Vocational students may substitute
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  certain vocational courses to satisfy up to 2
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  required credits in each of the areas of English,
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  math, and science.  Minimum competency test
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  is required for graduation.
  Academic                  |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
    scholars ...............| --- |  26 |      4 |    3 |    4 |   4 |      1 |   7 |2 of same foreign language; 1     |     --- |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  fine arts                       |         |
Georgia                     |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  20 |  21 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |      1 |   6 |1 computer technology and/or fine |    1997 |Students who completed 4 units of vocational
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  arts and/or vocational education|         |  education receive a state seal of endorsement
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  and/or junior ROTC              |         |  from the State Board of Education.  Algebra is
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  required.  Minimum competency is required for
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  graduation.
  Advanced .................| --- |  21 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |      1 |   4 |2 foreign languages; 1 fine arts, |    1988 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  vocational education, computer  |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  technology, or ROTC             |         |
Hawaii .....................|  20 |  22 |      4 |    4 |    3 |   3 |    1.5 |   6 |.5 guidance                       |    1997 |
Idaho ......................|  18 |  21 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |    1.5 |   6 |.5 each:  reading, speech, and    |    1989 |Practical arts may substitute for 1 unit of
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  consumer education; 2 humanities|         |  humanities.  State requires a C average,
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  demonstrated competency in core curriculum on
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  a junior class competency test, or adherence to
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  local district's achievement plan for
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  graduation.  State level minimum competency
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  test is an option for the local districts.  If
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  passed, students receive special proficiency
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  endorsement on their diploma.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
Illinois ...................|  16 |  16 |      3 |    2 |    2 |   1 |    4.5 |2.25 |.25 consumer education; 1 art,    |    1988 |1 year of math may be computer technology.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  foreign language, music, or     |         |  1 year of social studies must be U.S. history
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  vocational education            |         |  or half U.S. history and half American
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  government.  Beginning 1985-86, the school
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  boards were allowed to excuse 11-12th grades
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  from physical education to:  1)participate in
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  interscholastic athletics or 2)enroll in
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  academic class required for college admission
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  or to graduate from high school.  9-12th grade
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  pupils may elect to take a consumer education
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  proficiency test; if passed, they are excused
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  from requirement.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
Indiana ....................|     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  16 |19.5 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |    1.5 |   8 |                                  |    1989 |State does not use standard Carnegie units.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Academic honors ..........| --- |  24 |      4 |    3 |    4 |   4 |      1 |4 or |3 or 4 in foreign language (3 in  |    1990 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  1 or 2 years each in 2)         |         |
Iowa .......................| --- | --- |    --- |  --- |  --- | --- |      1 | --- |                                  |    1989 |Legislative requirements in effect for many years.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   Local districts determine remaining
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   requirements.  State allows junior and senior
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   students to receive dual credits for college
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   coursework.
Kansas .....................|  17 |  21 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   2 |      1 |   9 |                                  |    1989 |
Kentucky                    |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  18 |  20 |      4 |    2 |    3 |   2 |      1 |   7 |1 additional math, science, social|    1987 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  studies, or vocational education|         |
  Commonwealth .............| --- |  22 |      5 |    2 |  --- | --- |      1 |   0 |1 foreign language in advance     |    1986 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  placement and 6 units in math   |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  and science                     |         |
Louisiana ................. |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  20 |  23 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |      2 | 7.5 |.5 computer literacy              |    1989 |
  Scholar program ..........| --- |  23 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |      2 | 7.5 |.5 computer literacy              |    1987 |Students with ACT score of 29 or above, 3.5 GPA
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   with no semester grade lower than a B, no
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   unexcused absences, and no suspensions
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   receive a Scholar Program seal on their
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   diploma.  Algebra is required.  Minimum
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   competency test is required for graduation.
  Regents' scholar program .| --- |  24 |      4 |  3.5 |    3 |   3 |      2 | 4.5 |3 foreign languages, 1 fine arts  |    1983 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
Maine ......................|(\3\)|  16 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |    1.5 | 3.5 |1 fine arts                       |    1989 |American history is required.  All students must
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   pass computer proficiency standards.  1 of the
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   science units must include a lab.
Maryland ...................|  20 |  21 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      1 |   5 |1 fine arts; 1 industrial         |    1997 |After grade 11, 4 credits must be earned.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  arts/technology education,      |         |  Students can earn statewide certificate of
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  home economics, vocational      |         |  merit with fulfillment of additional
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  education, or computer studies; |         |  requirements.  Special education certificates
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  and 1 community service         |         |  are available for students unable to meet
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  requirements but who complete a special
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  education program.  Minimum competency test,
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  writing test, and passage of quiz on
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  citizenship are required for graduation.
Massachusetts ..............| --- | --- |    --- |    1 |  --- | --- |      4 | --- |                                  |     --- |American history is required.  Local boards
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  determine additional requirements.
Michigan                    |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard\4\ ..............| --- | --- |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      1 | --- |2 foreign languages, fine or      |     --- |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  performing arts, or vocational  |         |
  College prepara-          |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  education; .5 computer education|         |
   tory\4\ .................| --- | --- |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      1 | --- |At least 2 years foreign language |     --- |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
Minnesota ..................|  15 |  20 |      4 |    3 |    1 |   1 |    1.5 | 9.5 |                                  |    1982 |Junior and senior students may receive dual
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  credits for college coursework.
Mississippi ................|  16 |  18 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |    --- |   8 |                                  |    1989 |At least 1 science unit must include a lab.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  Minimum competency test is required for
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  graduation.
Missouri                    |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  20 |  22 |      3 |    2 |    2 |   2 |      1 |  10 |1 practical arts; 1 fine arts     |    1988 |
  College                   |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
   preparatory .............|  20 |  24 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |      1 |   8 |1 practical arts; 1 fine arts     |    1988 |College preparation diploma became available to
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  qualifying graduates.  For college preparation,
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  specific core subjects must be taken.
Montana ....................|  16 |  20 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |      1 |   7 |1 fine arts; 1 vocational         |    1992 |Social studies requirement has 2 alternatives.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     | education; 1 practical arts      |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
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Nebraska ...................| --- | --- |    --- |  --- |  --- | --- |    --- | --- |                                  |    1991 |200 credit hours are required for graduation, with
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  at least 80 percent in core curriculum courses.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
Nevada .....................|  19 |22.5 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |    2.5 | 8.5 |1 arts/humanities; .5 computer    |    1992 |Computer literacy may be waived by
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  literacy                        |         |  demonstration of competency.  Minimum
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  competency test is required for graduation.
New Hampshire ..............|  16 |*****|      4 |  2.5 |    2 |   2 |   1.25 |   4 |.5 arts; .5 computer science; 3   |    1989 |Minimum competency test for high school
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  units from 2 of the following:  |         |  graduation is an option of the local districts.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  arts, foreign language,         |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  practical arts, or vocational   |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  education                       |         |
New Jersey .................| --- |21.5 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      4 |   4 |1 fine, practical, or performing  |    1990 |92 credit hours are required for graduation.  State
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  arts; .5 career exploration     |         |  does not use standard Carnegie units.  Minimum
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  competency test is required for graduation.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
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New Mexico .................|  20 |  23 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      1 |   9 |1 communication skills            |    1990 |State board requires student computer literacy
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  prior to graduation.  Languages other than
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  English can satisfy communication skills
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  requirement, emphasizing writing and speaking.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  Students preparing for college have an advanced
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  curriculum.  State level minimum competency
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  test is an option of the local districts;
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  passing students receive a special proficiency
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  endorsement on their diploma.
New York                    |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Local diploma ............|  16 |18.5 |      4 |    4 |    2 |   2 |     .5 |(\5\)|1 art and/or music; .5 health; 2  |    1989 |3-5 units from a sequence of specific courses
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  noncredit units of physical     |         |   must be chosen by the Regents' diploma
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  education beyond the total.     |         |   students.  Minimum competency test is
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   required for graduation.  For a Regents'
  Regents' diploma .........|  18 |18.5 |      4 |    4 |    2 |   2 |     .5 |(\5\)|                                  |    1989 |   diploma, comprehensive exams are required in
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   most subjects.
North Carolina              |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  16 |  20 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |      1 |   9 |                                  |    1987 |1 science class must include a lab.  Minimum
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   competency test is required for graduation
  Scholars program .........| --- |  22 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |      1 |   4 |2 foreign languages; 2 additional:|    1994 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  English, math, social science,  |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  or foreign language             |         |
North Dakota ...............|  17 |  17 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   2 |      1 |   5 |Social studies must include 1 unit|    1994 |1 unit of higher level foreign language may be
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  of world history, and 1 unit of |         |   substituted for the 4th unit of English; 1 unit
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  U.S. history, each with a strong|         |   math may be business math.  Although 17
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  geography component.            |         |   units are required, the local education
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   agencies are urged to require a minimum
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   of 20 units.
Ohio .......................|  17 |  18 |      3 |    2 |    2 |   1 |      1 |   9 |                                  |    1988 |Minimum competency test is required for
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   graduation.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
Oklahoma                    |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard ........         |  18 |  20 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |    --- |  10 |                                  |    1987 |
  College                   |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
   preparatory .............|10.5 |  15 |      4 |    2 |    3 |   2 |    --- | --- |4 from:  math, history, computer  |    1988 |If foreign language is elected, 2 years in the
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  science, economics, English,    |         |   same language is required.  Total hour
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  geography, government, foreign  |         |   requirement is less, but more rigorous and
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  language, sociology, science,   |         |   restrictive for college preparatory path.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  speech, and psychology          |         |
Oregon .....................|  21 |  22 |      3 |  3.5 |    2 |   2 |      2 |   8 |.5 career development; 1 applied  |    1988 |Minimum competency test is required for
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  arts, fine arts, or foreign     |         |   graduation.  3.5 GPA students receive an
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  language                        |         |   honors seal on their diploma.
Pennsylvania ...............|  13 |  21 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |      1 |   5 |2 arts/humanities                 |    1989 |Computer science can be an option instead of
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   arts and humanities.  State has prescribed
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   learning objectives and curriculum guidelines
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   for 12 goals of quality education.
Rhode Island                |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  16 |  16 |      4 |    2 |    2 |   2 |    --- |   6 |                                  |    1989 |
  College                   |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
   preparatory .............|  16 |  18 |      4 |    2 |    3 |   2 |    --- |   4 |2 foreign languages; .5 arts;     |    1989 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  .5 computer literacy            |         |
South Carolina              |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  18 |  20 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      1 |   7 |                                  |    1987 |If approved, 1 unit of computer science can
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   count for a math requirement.  1 unit of
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   science and 6 or more in a specific occupa-
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   tional service area can fulfill the science
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   requirement.  Junior and senior students
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   may receive dual credits for college course-
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   work.  Minimum competency test is required
  Academic achieve-         |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   for graduation.
   ment honors .............| --- |  22 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   2 |      1 |   7 |2 foreign languages               |    1986 |
South Dakota ...............|  16 |  20 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   3 |    --- |   7 |.5 computer studies; .5 fine arts |    1989 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
Tennessee                   |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  18 |  20 |      4 |    1 |    2 |   2 |    1.5 |   9 |.5 economics                      |    1989 |Economics requirement may include:  1 semester
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   in economics, out-of-school experiences
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   through Junior Achievement, or marketing
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   education.  Minimum competency test is
  Honors, general           |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   required for graduation.
   education ............   | --- |20.5 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |    1.5 |   2 |2 in same foreign language; 2 fine|    1988 |
  Honors, voca-             |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  visual or performing arts       |         |
   tional education .....   | --- |20.5 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |    1.5 |   2 |4 in same vocational education    |    1989 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  program                         |         |
Texas                       |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
  Standard .................|  18 |  21 |      4 |  2.5 |    3 |   2 | 1.5/.5 |   7 |.5 economics/free enterprise      |    1988 |1.5 units of physical education and .5 of health
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   are required for either program.  Minimum
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   competency test is required for graduation.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   Junior and senior students can receive dual
  College                   |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   credits for college coursework.
   preparatory .............|  18 |  22 |      4 |  2.5 |    3 |   3 | 1.5/.5 |   3 |.5 economics/free enterprise;     |    1988 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  2 foreign languages; 1 computer |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |   science; 1 fine arts           |         |
Utah .......................|  15 |  24 |      3 |    3 |    2 |   2 |      2 | 9.5 |1.5 arts; 1 vocational education  |    1988 |State board makes specific course recommenda-
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |optional .5 computer science      |         |   tions for college entry, vocational, etc.
Vermont ....................| --- |14.5 |      4 |    3 |0 to 5|0 to |    1.5 | --- |1 arts; 5 units in math and       |    1989 |To allow more flexibility to both vocational
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  science                         |         |  education students and smaller or more rural
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  districts, the previous math and science
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  requirement of 3 units in each was modified to
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  a combination of 5 units which may be 2 of one
Virginia                    |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |  and 3 of the other.
  Standard .................|  18 |  21 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   2 |      2 |   6 |1 additional math or science; 1   |    1989 |An appropriate vocational education class or
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |   fine or practical arts         |         |   ROTC may satisfy math or science.  B average
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   or better earns a state seal on the diploma.
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   Junior and senior students can receive dual
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   credits for college coursework.  Minimum
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   competency test is required for graduation.
  Advanced studies .........|  18 |  23 |      4 |    3 |    3 |   3 |      2 |   4 |3 foreign languages; 1 fine or    |    1989 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  practical arts                  |         |
Washington .................| --- |  19 |      3 |  2.5 |    2 |   2 |      2 | 5.5 |1 occupational education; 1 fine/ |    1991 |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  visual or performing arts       |         |
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |
West Virginia ..............|  18 |  21 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   2 |      2 |   7 |1 applied arts, fine or performing|    1989 |State has approved, but not implemented, an
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  arts, or foreign language       |         |   advanced studies certificate.
Wisconsin ..................|(\2\)|  13 |      4 |    3 |    2 |   2 |      2 | --- |                                  |    1989 |Electives and passage of a minimum competency
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   test as a requirement for graduation are
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   options of local districts.  State recommends
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   that districts require a total of 22 units.
Wyoming ....................|  18 |  18 |  (\2\) |    1 |(\2\) |(\2\)|  (\2\) |(\2\)|Local board determines            |     --- |Accreditation standards indicate 4 units of
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |  remaining requirements          |         |   English/language arts, 3 social studies courses,
                            |     |     |        |      |      |     |        |     |                                  |         |   2 math courses, and 2 science courses.
____________________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|_____|________|_____|__________________________________|_________|___________________________________________________

\1\State permits local board to set minimum academic standards.
\2\Local boards determine requirements.
\3\State requires four credits in English/language arts. Local boards determine remaining requirements.
\4\Legislative requirements in effect for many years. Local boards determine additional requirements. The state board, in January 1984, published graduation requirement guidelines which local districts are urged to incorporate. Included in the recommendations are a minimum of 15.5 units, which includes an option of 2 units picked from a foreign language/fine or performing arts/vocational education and .5 computer education. Recommendations include modified academic course work for students who are college bound.
\5\Electives vary for the local (regular) and the Regents' (college-bound) diploma.
---Data not available or not applicable.

NOTE.--Local school districts frequently have other graduation requirements in addition to state requirements.

SOURCE: Education Commission of the States, Clearinghouse Notes, "Minimum High School Graduation Requirements: Standard Diplomas," 1980 and August 1993. (This table was prepared August 1994.)

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