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

State  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
United States  3.9 2.8 3.2 2.5
         
Alabama  3.9 3.9 3.9 3.7
Alaska  3.8 2.9 3.1 2.5
Arizona  3.9 2.9 3.1 2.4
Arkansas  4.0 3.1 3.0 2.8
California  3.9 2.6 3.3 2.1
         
Colorado  3.9 2.7 3.0 2.5
Connecticut  4.0 3.0 3.1 2.5
Delaware  4.0 2.9 3.1 2.8
District of Columbia  4.0 3.0 2.8 3.0
Florida  4.0 3.2 3.0 2.9
         
Georgia  4.0 3.6 3.3 3.0
Hawaii  4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0
Idaho  4.0 2.5 2.9 2.1
Illinois  3.4 2.3 2.3 2.1
Indiana  3.9 2.4 2.4 2.2
         
Iowa  3.7 2.5 3.0 2.4
Kansas  4.0 2.5 3.0 2.3
Kentucky  4.0 3.2 3.0 2.9
Louisiana  4.0 3.0 3.0 2.8
Maine  4.0 2.9 2.7 2.5
         
Maryland  4.0 3.4 3.1 3.1
Massachusetts  4.0 3.0 3.1 2.8
Michigan  3.7 2.8 3.1 2.5
Minnesota  3.9 2.6 3.6 2.4
Mississippi  4.0 3.0 3.2 2.8
         
Missouri  3.4 2.5 2.9 2.2
Montana  4.0 2.5 2.7 2.1
Nebraska  3.9 2.7 3.2 2.4
Nevada  3.8 2.8 2.7 2.1
New Hampshire  3.9 2.5 2.6 2.1
         
New Jersey  4.0 3.1 3.0 3.0
New Mexico  4.0 3.0 3.1 2.3
New York  4.0 2.6 4.0 2.5
North Carolina  4.0 3.3 3.0 2.9
North Dakota  4.0 2.3 3.2 2.2
         
Ohio  4.0 3.0 3.0 2.9
Oklahoma  4.0 3.0 3.1 3.0
Oregon  4.0 2.4 3.2 2.1
Pennsylvania  3.9 3.3 3.6 3.2
Rhode Island  4.0 2.8 2.6 2.7
         
South Carolina  4.0 3.9 3.0 3.0
South Dakota  4.0 2.6 3.1 2.4
Tennessee  4.0 3.0 2.9 2.8
Texas  4.0 3.1 3.5 2.6
Utah  3.8 2.2 2.6 2.2
         
Vermont 
Virginia  4.0 3.0 3.2 2.9
Washington  3.8 2.3 3.2 2.1
West Virginia  4.0 3.1 3.2 2.9
Wisconsin  3.9 2.3 3.2 2.2
Wyoming  4.0 3.0 3.0 2.8
‡ Reporting standards not met. The base-weighted unit response rate was below 50 percent.
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, District Data File, 2003–04.

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