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Table 2.2. State high school completion credentials, by state: 2013

State Standard diploma options Advanced recognition for exceeding standard requirements1 Focus for advanced recognition2 K-12 system offers a technical program leading to an industry-recognized certificate or credential
United States3 23 42
         
Alabama standard, CTE Yes academic, CTE Yes
Alaska standard No No
Arizona standard Yes academic Yes
Arkansas standard Yes academic Yes
California standard Yes academic Yes
         
Colorado standard No No
Connecticut standard No Yes
Delaware standard No Yes
District of Columbia standard No Yes
Florida standard No Yes
         
Georgia standard No Yes
Hawaii standard Yes academic, CTE Yes
Idaho standard No Yes
Illinois standard No No
Indiana standard Yes academic, CTE Yes
         
Iowa standard Yes local option Yes
Kansas standard No Yes
Kentucky standard Yes academic, CTE Yes
Louisiana college prep, CTE Yes academic, CTE Yes
Maine standard No Yes
         
Maryland standard Yes local option Yes
Massachusetts standard No Yes
Michigan standard No No
Minnesota standard No No
Mississippi standard No Yes
         
Missouri standard No Yes
Montana standard No No
Nebraska standard No No
Nevada standard, CTE Yes academic Yes
New Hampshire standard Yes local option Yes
         
New Jersey standard No Yes
New Mexico standard No Yes
New York standard Yes academic, CTE Yes
North Carolina standard Yes academic Yes
North Dakota standard No Yes
         
Ohio standard Yes academic, CTE Yes
Oklahoma standard Yes academic Yes
Oregon standard No No
Pennsylvania standard No Yes
Rhode Island standard No Yes
         
South Carolina standard Yes academic Yes
South Dakota standard Yes academic Yes
Tennessee standard Yes academic, CTE Yes
Texas standard Yes academic Yes
Utah standard No Yes
         
Vermont standard No Yes
Virginia standard Yes academic, CTE Yes
Washington standard No Yes
West Virginia standard Yes academic, CTE Yes
Wisconsin standard No Yes
Wyoming standard Yes academic No
† Not applicable.
1 Refers to states that offer advanced diplomas or other forms of recognition for students who exceed requirements of standard diplomas by completing additional coursework, achieving a high grade point average, or other accomplishments.
2 States offer advanced recognition by awarding honors for accomplishments in core academic subjects and/or accomplishments in career and technical education programs.
3 National total reflects the number of "Yes" responses for each column.
NOTE: CTE refers to career and technical education programs.
SOURCE: Diplomas Count 2013: Second Chances, Turning Dropouts into Graduates, Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, Education Week, 2013. Data Source.
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