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Table 9.    Percentage of public school districts that granted high school diplomas, and among those that granted diplomas, graduation requirements for standard diplomas, by state: 2007–08

Among districts that granted high school diplomas, the average number of years of instruction in various subject areas needed for a standard diploma1
Percent of districts that grant high school diplomas
State     English or language arts   Mathematics   Computer science   Social sciences, social studies (e.g., history, geography, economics)   Physical or biological sciences   Foreign language  
United States  75.9     3.9   3.0   1.0   3.3   2.7   1.6  
                               
Alabama  93.8     4.0   4.0   0.7   4.0   3.9   1.5  
Alaska  100.0     4.0   3.0   1.2   3.1   2.6   2.0  
Arizona  45.7     3.9   2.7   1.1   3.0   2.3   1.7  
Arkansas  90.6     4.0   3.6   1.0   3.0   3.1   1.6  
California  37.8     4.0   2.5   0.9   3.2   2.1   1.3  
                               
Colorado  100.0     3.9   3.1   1.0   3.3   3.0   1.3  
Connecticut  64.1     4.0   3.0   0.7   3.0   2.6   1.8  
Delaware  76.3     4.0   3.2   1.6   3.3   3.0   2.0  
District of Columbia  38.9 !   4.0   3.6   0.8   3.4   2.0 ! 2.0  
Florida  100.0     4.0   3.2   0.9   3.0   3.0   1.7  
                               
Georgia  84.3     4.0   3.6   1.0   3.4   3.3   2.0  
Hawaii  100.0     4.0   3.0   #   4.0   3.0   #  
Idaho  95.4     4.0   2.6   0.9   3.4   2.3   1.0  
Illinois  59.6     3.8   2.8   0.8   2.6   2.3   1.2  
Indiana  95.1     4.0   2.8   1.1   2.7   2.4   1.7  
                               
Iowa  100.0     3.8   2.9   1.2   3.0   2.6   1.7  
Kansas  100.0     4.0   2.9   1.0   3.0   2.7   1.3  
Kentucky  79.7     4.0   3.4   1.1   3.0   3.0   1.6  
Louisiana  98.9     4.0   3.1   0.8   3.1   2.9   1.8  
Maine  64.0     4.0   3.2   0.8   3.0   2.8   1.6  
                               
Maryland  100.0     4.0   3.4   1.0   3.2   2.7   2.0  
Massachusetts  79.6     4.0   3.2   1.2   3.2   2.9   2.0  
Michigan  70.9     3.8   2.9   0.9   3.0   2.5   2.0  
Minnesota  85.8     4.0   3.1   1.1   3.7   2.8   1.3  
Mississippi  100.0     4.0   3.3   1.1   3.5   3.1   1.1  
                               
Missouri  86.8     3.5   2.7   0.9   2.9   2.5   1.2  
Montana  50.2     4.0   2.8   1.2   2.8   2.4   1.3  
Nebraska  92.7     4.0   3.0   1.2   3.4   2.7   1.7  
Nevada  93.7     3.9   2.9   0.5   2.7   2.2    
New Hampshire  64.1     4.0   3.0   0.7   2.9   2.3   1.6  
                               
New Jersey  39.8     4.0   3.2   1.2   3.1   3.0   1.5  
New Mexico  100.0     4.0   3.1   1.3   3.3   2.7   1.5  
New York  88.1     4.0   3.0   1.1   4.0   2.8   1.5  
North Carolina  77.6     4.0   3.4   1.1   3.0   2.8   1.9  
North Dakota  84.3     4.0   2.4   1.1   3.2   2.2   1.5  
                               
Ohio  77.2     4.0   3.1   0.9   3.1   2.9   1.4  
Oklahoma  71.6     4.0   3.1   1.5   3.2   3.0   1.8  
Oregon  99.4     3.8   2.5   0.8   3.2   2.3   1.4  
Pennsylvania  82.6     4.0   3.3   0.9   3.7   3.1   1.9  
Rhode Island  71.6     4.0   3.7   0.7   3.0   3.0   2.0  
                               
South Carolina  79.6     4.0   3.9   1.1   3.0   2.9   1.2  
South Dakota  96.0     4.0   3.1   0.9   3.1   2.6   1.1  
Tennessee  96.7     4.0   3.1   1.0   2.9   2.9   1.9  
Texas  89.0     4.0   3.1   1.1   3.8   2.8   2.0  
Utah  53.3     3.9   2.6   0.8   2.7   2.5   1.7  
                               
Vermont  65.8     4.1   3.2   0.6   3.2   3.1   1.3  
Virginia  90.8     4.0   3.0   1.0   3.2   3.0   2.0  
Washington  64.4     3.9   2.4   0.8   3.1   2.1   1.4  
West Virginia  90.2     4.0   3.5   1.0   3.8   3.1   1.8  
Wisconsin  92.6     4.0   2.3   0.9   3.2   2.3   1.6  
Wyoming  93.2     4.0   3.1   1.2   3.1   3.0   1.1  
# Rounds to zero
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1Districts that do not have a graduation requirement for a particular subject area are excluded from the computation of the average for that particular subject area.
NOTE: The 2007–08 SASS sampled all districts in Florida, Hawaii, and Maryland. As a result of sampling, variance estimates for these states are always equal to zero and noted with a dagger (†).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.


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