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Table 42.  Graduation requirements for standard diplomas in 2004 among public school districts that granted high school diplomas, by selected public school district characteristics: 2003–04

Selected public school district characteristic Among districts that required instruction in English/language arts, average number of years instruction was required Among districts that required instruction in mathematics, average number of years instruction was required Among districts that required instruction in social sciences, social studies (e.g. history, geography, economics), average number of years instruction was required Among districts that required instruction in physical sciences or biological sciences, average number of years instruction was required
All public school districts  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.5
         
District size         
1 school  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.6
2–3 schools  3.9 2.8 3.1 2.5
4–5 schools  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.5
6–9 schools  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.6
10–19 schools  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.5
20 or more schools  3.9 2.8 3.1 2.5
         
Community type         
Central city  3.9 2.9 3.2 2.6
Urban fringe/large town  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.6
Rural/small town  3.9 2.8 3.1 2.5
         
District K–12 enrollment         
Less than 250  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.5
250–999  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.5
1,000–1,999  3.8 2.8 3.1 2.6
2,000–4,999  3.9 2.9 3.2 2.6
5,000–9,999  3.9 2.9 3.2 2.6
10,000 or more  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.5
         
Percent of K–12 students in district who were
approved for free or reduced-price lunches 
       
Less than 5  4.0 2.8 3.2 2.6
5–24.9  3.9 2.7 3.1 2.5
25–49.9  3.9 2.7 3.2 2.5
50–74.9  3.9 2.9 3.2 2.6
75 or more  4.0 3.1 3.2 2.7
District did not participate in free or
reduced-price lunch program 
3.8 3.1 3.2 2.7
NOTE: Seventy-eight percent of all public school districts granted high school diplomas in 2004.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, District Data File.


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