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Table 234.30. Course credit requirements and exit exam requirements for a standard high school diploma and the use of other high school completion credentials, by state: 2019
State Course credits (in Carnegie units) High school
exit exams
Other completion
credentials
Total required
credits for
standard diploma,
all courses
Required credits in
selected subject areas
Exit exam
required for
standard diploma
Advanced
recognition
for exceeding
standard
requirements
English/
language
arts
Social
studies
Science Mathe-
matics
Other
credits
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Alabama 24.0   4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 No   No
Alaska 13.0   4.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 No   No
Arizona 22.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 8.0 No   No
Arkansas 22.5   4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 8.5 No   No
California 13.0   3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 No   Yes

Colorado1
---   --- 0.5 --- --- --- No   Yes
Connecticut 14.0   4.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 No   No
Delaware 24.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 10.0 No   No
District of Columbia 24.0   4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 No   No
Florida 24.0 2 4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 10.0 Yes 3 Yes

Georgia
23.0   4.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 No   No
Hawaii 23.5   4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 9.5 No   Yes
Idaho 14.5   4.5 2.5 3.0 3.0 1.5 No   Yes
Illinois 14.8   4.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.8 No   No
Indiana 20.5   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 7.5 Yes   Yes

Iowa
14.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 No   No
Kansas 21.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 8.0 No   No
Kentucky 22.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 No   No
Louisiana 24.0   4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 Yes   No
Maine 11.0   4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 No   No

Maryland
18.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 Yes   No
Massachusetts1 ---   --- --- --- --- --- Yes   Yes
Michigan 18.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 No   No
Minnesota 21.5   4.0 3.5 3.0 3.0 8.0 No   No
Mississippi 24.0   4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 Yes 3 Yes

Missouri
24.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 11.0 No   No
Montana 13.0   4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 No   No
Nebraska 13.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 --- No   No
Nevada 22.5   4.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 11.5 No   Yes
New Hampshire 20.0   4.0 2.5 2.0 3.0 8.5 No   No

New Jersey
19.5   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 6.5 Yes 3 No
New Mexico 24.0   4.0 3.5 3.0 4.0 9.5 Yes   No
New York 18.5   4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 4.5 Yes   Yes
North Carolina 22.0   4.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 7.0 No   Yes
North Dakota 22.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 No   No

Ohio
20.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 6.0 Yes 3 Yes
Oklahoma 16.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 No   No
Oregon 18.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 No   No
Pennsylvania1 ---   --- --- --- --- --- No   No
Rhode Island 20.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 6.0 No   No

South Carolina
24.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 10.0 No   Yes
South Dakota 21.5   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 8.5 No   Yes
Tennessee 22.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 8.0 No   Yes
Texas 22.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 Yes   Yes
Utah 24.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 11.0 No   No

Vermont4
---   --- --- --- --- --- No   No
Virginia 21.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 8.0 Yes 3 Yes
Washington 24.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 11.0 Yes 3 No
West Virginia 22.0   4.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 7.0 No   No
Wisconsin 15.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 No   Yes
Wyoming 13.0   4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 --- No   No
---Not available.
1 Graduation requirements set at the local level.
2 One of the 24 units must be completed as an online course.
3 Students must pass an exit exam or achieve specified scores on ACT or SAT.
4 Students meet the requirements for graduation when they demonstrate proficiency in the curriculum subjects.
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, graduation requirements are set at the state level. Local school districts frequently have other graduation requirements in addition to state requirements. The Carnegie unit is a standard of measurement that represents one credit for the completion of a 1-year course.
SOURCE: Education Commission of the States, What Are the State's Course Requirements for High School Graduation? (February 2019), retrieved May 20, 2021, from https://reports.ecs.org/comparisons/high-school-graduation-requirements-01; What Are the Other Diploma Types Offered by the State? (February 2019), retrieved May 26, 2021, from https://reports.ecs.org/comparisons/high-school-graduation-requirements-04. Education Week, Which States Require an Exam to Graduate? (2019), retrieved May 20, 2021, from https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/which-states-require-an-exam-to-graduate. (This table was prepared May 2021.)

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