|Other units (Std.)||Other diploma options||Technical notes and citations (Std.)|
Notes/Citation: .5 unit "Computer Applications." Computer Applications "may be waived if competencies outlined in the computer applications course are demonstrated to qualified staff in the local school system. The designated one credit shall then be added to the elective credits, making a total of three elective credits."
|State additionally offers the Alabama High School Diploma with Credit-Based Endorsement, for students who by end of grade 12 have not passed one or more of the five subtests of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (students must have passed the reading, math, and one of the three other sections of the exam). Credit requirements for this option are identical to those for Alabama High School Diploma, with exception that, starting with 12th graders in 2012-13 school year, 1 of 5.5 elective credits must be a CTE credit.
State also offers two technical diplomas and honors/college prep diploma. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.
|Eff. Class of 2013 (for all diploma options), students must complete an online/technology enhanced course or experience. Exceptions through Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) will be allowed.
Effective with the Class of 2013, the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement becomes the first-choice diploma for high school students.
ALA. CODE § 16-6B-2; ALA. ADMIN. CODE R. 290-3-1-.02
|Alaska||0||State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||ALASKA ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 04.020, 06.075|
Notes/Citation: 1 unit of "fine arts or vocational education". Eff. Class of 2012: 1 unit of "fine arts or career and technical education and vocational education."
|State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||The aforementioned graduation requirements do not apply to students who earn a "Grand Canyon Diploma", which districts and charter schools may choose to offer beginning in the 2012-13 school year, and which students may earn at the end of grade 10 or during or at the end of grade 11 or 12. Statute defines a Grand Canyon Diploma as a diploma offered to any student demonstrating college-readiness in English and math "according to standards prescribed by an interstate compact on board examination systems, who has passing grades on an additional set of required approved board examinations in core academic courses as determined by the state board of education, including the arts, history and science, and who successfully completes a course in economics."
A student earning a Grand Canyon Diploma may either (1) Enroll in a community college the following fall; (2) Stay in high school and enroll in additional advanced preparation board exam programs designed to prepare those students for admission to high quality baccalaureate-awarding institutions; (3) Enroll in a full-time career and technical education program offered on a community college campus, a high school campus or a joint technical education district campus, or any combination of these campuses; or (4) Return to a traditional academic program without completing the next level of board examination systems curriculum.
ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE R7-2-302.4, R7-2-302.01 (Grand Canyon Diploma: ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. § 15-792)
Notes/Citation: .5 unit "Oral Communications"
|State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||All students must complete the "Smart Core" requirements unless parent/guardian waives student's participation, in which case the student will complete the "Core" requirements.
Ark. Admin. Code 005.15.2-14.0
|California||0||State offers honors/college prep curriculum options and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma option but does provide a certificate of completion for students who finish a technical program.||CAL. EDUC. CODE § 51225.3, 51224.5, 51222, 51241, 51242, 51243, 51244, 51245, 51246|
|Colorado||--||State has policy permitting districts to grant a "postsecondary and workforce readiness endorsement". State does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||All graduation requirements in Colorado, with the exception of the .5 unit of U.S. and state government and history, are determined by local boards. However, legislation directs the state board of education, by December 15, 2011, to adopt a comprehensive set of guidelines for districts to use in developing local graduation requirements. Local graduation requirements must meet or exceed any minimum standards or basic core competencies or skills identified in the guidelines. The guidelines must be aligned with the description of postsecondary and workforce readiness adopted by the state board and the Colorado commission on higher education.
CO Const. Art. IX, § 15; COLO. REV. STAT. ANN. § 22-1-104, 22-2-106
|Connecticut||1 (in arts or vocational education). See notes
Eff. Class of 2018: 2 credits in "career and life skills electives"
Notes/Citation: Local board may offer .5 unit of community service which may quality for high school graduation credit under specified circumstances. Eff. Class of 2018, students must complete 1 unit "in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics elective". Examples of "career and life skills electives" specified in legislation include career and technical education, English as a second language, community service, personal finance, public speaking, adn nutrition and physical activity.
|State does not offer honors/college prep or technical diploma option, but does provide a certificate of completion for students who finish a Connecticut career certificate program. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.
||Eff. Class of 2018, students must also complete a 1-credit senior demonstration project or its equivalent, as approved by the state board of education.
CONN. GEN. STAT. § 10-221a
Notes/Citation: A student in grades 9-12 who performs at least 45 hours of voluntary community service per semester for 2 semesters must receive "1 Delaware Volunteer credit", which may be used as an elective toward high school graduation if approved by and conducted under the supervision of the school principal. Pre-Class of 2011: 1 unit "computer literacy." " 'Credit for Computer Literacy' means credit granted toward graduation at any point when the student can demonstrate competency in the required skill areas either through an integrated approach, a specific course, or a demonstration of accumulated knowledge over the student's educational career." Eff. Class of 2011: 0. The computer literacy requirement is transferred from the high school to the middle school curriculum.
|State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State offers proficiency-based credit option.||DEL. CODE ANN. tit. 14, § 152 and 8902A; Code Del Regs. 14 100 6.0, 14 503.5.3.1 and 505|
|District of Columbia||1
Eff. Class of 2011: See notes
Notes/Citation: Pre-2011: Students must complete 1 unit "Career/Vocational Education" and 100 hours of community service (no units assigned to these hours). Eff. Class of 2011: 2 units either career/technology education or college-level courses (AP, IB or dual enrollment). Requirement of 100 hours of community service remains in place.
|D.C. does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. D.C. does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Eff. Class of 2011, "Students must complete at least one credit-bearing course during the third or subsequent [high school] years that requires a culminating composition or project that is formally presented." In addition, all 11th graders "must write a coherent thesis that conveys a clear and distinctive position." All 12th graders "must write and present a cogent thesis."
D.C. MUN. REGS., tit. 5, § 2202, 2203, 2203.1
Notes/Citation: 1 unit fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or a practical arts course that incorporates artistic content and techniques of creativity, interpretation and imagination. Eligible practical arts courses identified in the Course Code Directory.
|State does not offer honors/college prep or technical diploma option, but does provide career education certification for students who finish a comprehensive career education program of study and meet specified other requirements. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Credits may be earned through applied, integrated and combined courses approved by the department of education. As an alternative to the 24 credits specified in state policy, students may complete the International Baccalaureate curriculum or Advanced International Certificate of Education curriculum.
FLA. STAT. ANN. § 1003.428
Notes/Citation: Pre-Class of 2012: College Prep: 0; Tech/Career Prep: 4 units Technology/Career-preparatory units from core Technology/Career-preparatory courses. Eff. Class of 2012: 3 units chosen from career, technical and agricultural education; modern language/Latin; or fine arts. "Students are encouraged to select courses in a focused area of interest."
|State offers College Preparatory and Technology/Career Preparatory programs of study as "standard" diploma options as well as College Preparatory with Distinction and Technology/Career Preparatory with Distinction options. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit. Effective with the Class of 2012, the College Preparatory, Technology/Career Pathway, College Preparatory with Distinction and Technology/Career Preparatory with Distinction options will be eliminated, in favor of one set of graduation requirements for all students.||Pre-Class of 2012: These requirements refer to the College Preparatory and Technology/Career-Preparatory diploma option. Georgia does not have a "standard" diploma but four options: College Preparatory, College Preparatory with Distinction, Technology/Career-Preparatory, and Technology/Career Preparatory with Distinction. A student may earn a College Prep and Technology/Career-prep seal on the diploma by completing the requirements for each seal. "Only elective course credit or no course credit may be awarded for courses in which instruction is based on the QCC [Quality Core Curriculum, state standards] for grades K-8." A local board may request a waiver from the state superintendent to award students in an alternative high school units "based on demonstrated competency on course examination(s)."
Eff. Class of 2012: Four diploma options are replaced with one uniform set of requirements.
GA. CODE ANN. § 20-2-142, 20-2-151.1; GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-4-2-.47 and -48, 160-4-8-.12
|Hawaii||.5 (see notes)
Eff. Class of 2010: See notes
Notes/Citation: .5 unit "Guidance." Eff. Class of 2010: .5 unit personal/transition plan, and 2 units of one of the following: World Language, Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education
|State offers honors/college prep curriculum option, effective with the Class of 2010. State does not offer technical diploma option or proficiency-based credit option.||Hawaii State BOE Policy 4540|
Notes/Citation: 1 unit required in "interdisciplinary humanities, visual and performing arts, or foreign language.
|State does does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Eff. Class of 2012: Students must complete a senior project that includes a research paper and oral presentation.
IDAPA 08.02.03.104, 08.02.03.105, 08.02.03.107
Notes/Citation: Students must complete a .25 unit course (9 weeks for 50 minutes a day), in consumer education. In addition, students must complete 1 unit chosen from art, music, foreign language (including American Sign Language) or vocational education.
|State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Eff. Class of 2009 and subsequent years: More rigorous coursework requirements do not apply to students entering grade 9 in or prior to the 2004-2005 school year or to students with an individualized education program.
105 ILL. COMP. STAT. ANN. 5/10-22.43, 5/27-6, 5.27-12.1, 5/27-22, 5/27-22.05, 5/27-22.2, 5/27-22.3; ILL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 23, § 1.440, 1.445
Core 40: 0
Eff. Class of 2010: 5.5 units (see notes)
Core 40 Eff. Class of 2010: See notes
Eff. Class of 2011: All students must meet Core 40 reqts
Notes/Citation: Pre-Class of 2010: 1 elective unit must be either language arts, social studies, math, science or "technology competency." Eff. Class of 2010: Students must complete 3 units in "career-academic" sequence and 2.5 "flex credits." Core 40 Eff. Class of 2010: 2.5 units directed electives must be chosen from any combination of units in foreign language, fine arts and career-technical. Pre-and eff. Class of 2010: Districts may offer students the opportunity to earn credit for community service.
|State offers honors/college prep curriculum option, and will offer technical diploma option effective with the Class of 2010. State also offers proficiency-based credit option.||High-ability students allowed to complete course requirements through performance assessment.
Core 40: End-of-course exams in Core 40 courses required. If a student fails 3 or more Core 40 courses, student, parent and counselor must decide if the student should continue in the Core 40 curriculum or complete the general curriculum.
The current Core 40 Diploma requirements were developed through an agreement among the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the state's public university and were not a part of statute or regulation. IND. CODE ANN. § 20-10.1-16-13, 20-30-14-1; IND. ADMIN. CODE tit. 511, r. 6-7-1 through 6-7-9, 6-7.1-9, 6-9.1-1 through –3; state science standards
Eff. Class of 2010: IND. ADMIN. CODE tit. 511, r. 6-7.1-1, 6-7.1-4
Core 40 Eff. Class of 2010: "Only courses that officially have been designated as Core 40 courses may be counted." Students are encouraged to complete a career-academic sequence.
IND. ADMIN. CODE tit. 511, r. 6-7.1-5
Eff. Class of 2011: All students must meet Core 40 requirements, but a student who does not complete the Core 40 course and credit requirements and does not pass the graduation exam may be eligible to graduate if the student: (1) Retakes the graduation examination in each subject area not passed. "(2) Completes remediation opportunities .... (3) Maintains a school attendance rate of at least ninety-five percent (95%) with excused absences not counting against the student's attendance. (4) Maintains at least a "C" average or the equivalent in the courses comprising the credits specifically required for graduation by rule of the board. 5) Otherwise satisfies all state and local graduation requirements. [and] (6) Either: (A) completes: (i) the course and credit requirements for a general diploma, including the career academic sequence; (ii) a workforce readiness assessment; and (iii) at least one (1) career exploration internship, cooperative education, or workforce credential recommended by the student's school; or (B) obtains a written recommendation from a teacher of the student in each subject area in which the student has not achieved a passing score on the graduation examination. The written recommendation must be concurred in by the principal of the student's school and be supported by documentation that the student has attained the academic standard in the subject area based upon: (i) tests other than the graduation examination; or (ii) classroom work."
In addition, upon request by a student's parent, "the student may be exempted from the Core 40 curriculum requirement ... and required to complete the general curriculum" to graduate.
IND. CODE ANN. § 20-10.1-16-13
Notes/Citation: Local boards are authorized to require a certain number of service learning units for graduation.
|State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Pre-Class of 2011: Except for p.e., requirement, .5 unit of U.S. government, 1 unit of U.S. history and instruction in Iowa government, all high school graduation requirements set by local board.
IOWA ADMIN. CODE 12.5(5); IOWA CODE ANN. § 256.7, 256.18A
Eff. Class of 2009: 0
|State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Through Class of 2008, local boards have authority to maintain local graduation requirements not in compliance with statewide requirements as long as at least 21 units are required for graduation and include 1 unit U.S. history, .5 unit U.S. government, including the U.S. Constitution, and a course in Kansas history and government.
Eff. Class of 2009: Local boards may no longer set graduation requirements lower than state requirements.
KAN. STAT. ANN. § 72-1103, 72-1117; KAN. ADMIN. REGS. 91-31-21, 91-31-32, 91-31-35
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2012: Students must demonstrate "performance based competency in technology" but no units of computer/technology credit required.
|State offers honors/college prep curriculum option and two technical pathway options. State has proficiency-based credit option.||KY. REV. STAT. ANN. § 156.160; 704 KY. ADMIN. REGS. 4:010, 3:305|
|Louisiana||0||State offers honors/college prep and technical curriculum options and proficiency-based credit option.||Eff. Class of 2012: All students must complete the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum, unless the student, student's parent and school counselor (or other staff member who assists in course selection) agree after the student completes two years of high school that the student should complete the Louisiana Core Curriculum instead.
LA. ADMIN CODE tit. 28, pt. CXV, § 2319, 2321, 2325
Eff. Classes of 2007 and 2010: See notes
Notes/Citation: Students must also demonstrate proficiency with computers, though no units of computer study specified in state policy. Students may satisfy the computer proficiency requirement in grade 7 or 8. Eff. Class of 2007: Graduation "determined by student achievement of the standards of the system of learning results in 5 subject areas that do not include "other" subject areas (5 subjects are English language arts, health and physical education, math, science and technology, and social studies). Eff. Class of 2010: Students must achieve "standards of the system of learning results" in 8 content areas, including "career preparation."
|Graduation effective with the class of 2007 is based on local assessment systems, which may include portfolios, performances and demonstrations in addition to other measures of achievement. Commercially produced assessments may be part of a local assessment but may not carry a majority of the weight in determining student performance. Students are required to study content areas until proficiencies are met. Local boards may specify other requirements for graduation (minimum attendance requirements and/or accumulation of credits or courses) but meeting those requirements is not sufficient by itself to meet graduation requirements. A locally-set standard for student performance (as assessed as part of the local assessment system) in applied technology is a requirement for graduation.
In addition to course requirements, students must complete at least one application to a college, university or other postsecondary educational institution.
ME. REV. STAT. ANN. tit. 20-A, § 4722, 4706, 6202-A, 6209, 4730; 05-071 CMR Ch. 127, § 1 and § 7
Notes/Citation: 1 unit "technology education ... that includes the application of knowledge, tools, and skills to solve practical problems and extend human capabilities." Students must also complete 2 units of foreign language or American Sign Language, or 2 units advanced technology education, or successfully complete a state-approved career and technology program. All students must complete either "75 hours of student service that includes preparation, action, and reflection components and that, at the discretion of the local school system, may begin during the middle grades; or a locally designed program in student service that has been approved by the State Superintendent of Schools."
|MD. REGS. CODE tit. 13A, § 13A.03.02.01 through 13A.03.02.12; MD. CODE ANN., EDUC. § 7-205|
|Massachusetts||--||State offers honors diploma option and will offer technical diploma option, tentatively effective with the Class of 2010. State does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Graduation requirements are established by local boards.
MASS. GEN. LAWS ANN. ch. 69, § 1D
Eff. Class of 2011: See notes
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2011: 1 unit visual, performing or applied arts. This requirement may be modified as part of "personal curriculum" if student completes add'l unit English, math, science or foreign language.
|Pre-2011: High school graduation requirements set by local boards. Eff. Class of 2011: The new graduation requirements are referred to as the Michigan merit standard. A parent may request that their child complete modified graduation requirements, although the English and science requirements may not be modified, and math requirements may be modified only according to specific parameters. All students must complete an online course or learning experience. The superintendent of public instruction may designate up to 15 high schools as "specialty high schools." Specialty high schools must meet specified criteria, including that a significant reading and writing component is incorporated throughout the curriculum and the school "uses a specialized, innovative, and rigorous curriculum in such areas as performing arts, foreign language, extensive use of internships, or other learning innovations that conform to pioneering innovations among other leading national or international high schools." If a speciality high school, subsequent to identification as such, fails to meet specified standards, the high school will lose special designation. A district unable to meet a curricular requirement for students entering grade 9 in 2007 may apply to the department for permission to phase in 1 or more requirements.
MICH. COMP. LAWS ANN. § 380.1157b, 380.1166, 380.1278, 380.1278a, 380.1278b, 380.1279, 380.1279b, 380.1279e, 380.1502, 388.1704a, 388.1907
Notes/Citation: Technology and information literacy standards must be embedded into graduation requirements but no units currently required.
|MINN. STAT. ANN. § 120B.021, 120B.023, 120B.024; MINN. R. 3501.0010, .0020, .0040, .0200, 0210, 0230; July 28, 2003 memo from Superintendent Cheri Pierson Yecke to Superintendents and Education Organizations|
Notes/Citation: Both pre-2009 and eff. Class of 2009: 1 unit "business and technology" comprised of .5 unit each of keyboarding and "Computer Applications."
|Eff. Class of 2012: All students must complete college preparatory curriculum unless parent requests child's opt-out, in which case the student must complete the graduation requirements effective with the Class of 2009.
Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards 2004, Appendix A; MISS. CODE ANN. § 37-16-7; Code Miss. R. 36 000 069
Eff. Class of 2010: 1.5
Notes/Citation: Pre- and post-2010: Students must complete 1 unit "Practical Arts," which unit must be "designed to provide life skills or to contribute particularly to the student’s career goals." Eff. Class of 2010: 1 unit practical arts and .5 unit "personal finance."
|State offers honors/college prep curriculum option and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma option.||MO. ANN. STAT. § 170.011; GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS IN MISSOURI'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Guidelines for Principals, Counselors and Other School Personnel, September 2002; MO. CODE REGS. ANN. tit. 5, § 50-345.300|
|Montana||1 unit "vocational/technical education"||MONT. ADMIN. R. 10.55.905|
|Nebraska||--||All graduation requirements set at local level. However, at least 80% of the 200 hours must be core curriculum courses as defined by the state board. "One instructional unit equals 15 clock hours. Therefore, a course that meets for 50 minutes for 180 days generates 10 instructional units. (Instructional units may be generated through any configuration of days and minutes.)"
NEB. REV. STAT. § 79-729; NEB. ADMIN. CODE Tit. 92, Ch. 10, § 003.05 and § 004.04C, Tit. 92, Ch. 14, § 004.01D; "Providing Equitable Opportunities for an Essential Education for All Students in Nebraska Public School Districts: A Policy Document of the State Board of Education, December 10, 2004, Original draft approved December 5, 2003."
Notes/Citation: Students must complete 1 unit of either "arts and humanities" or "occupational education" and .5 unit "use of computers."
|State offers honors/college prep curriculum option and proficiency-based credit option. Career and technical education endorsement option created by 2005 legislation to be offered at an undetermined date (as of September 2005).||NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. 386.520, 386.550, /86.584, 389.165; NEV. ADMIN. CODE ch. 389, § 664, 666, 670, 672, 674, 686, 710, 730|
Notes/Citation: .5 unit computer education.
|N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ED 306.23, 306.27|
|New Jersey||5 (1 Carnegie unit)
Notes/Citation: "Technological literacy, consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards," must be "integrated throughout the curriculum...." However, students are not required to complete specified credits in technology courses. Students must complete 5 credits "in career education and consumer, family, and life skills, or vocational-technical education."
|State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has multiple policies on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Requirements are listed in administrative code as "credits" rather than Carnegie units. Five credits appear to equal one Carnegie unit. District boards must adopt requirements for a state-endorsed diploma, which must include either (1) completion of the 110 credit requirement through course completion or (2) completion of 110 credits in part or in whole through a proficiency-based mechanism. Local requirements must, in addition to course/competency requirements, include "local student attendance requirements."
N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6A, § 8-5.1 and 5.2; N.J. STAT. ANN. § 18A:35-1, -2, 4.13, 4.18, -5, -7 and -8
|New Mexico||See notes
Notes/Citation: Pre-2013: Students must complete 1 unit "in communication skills or business education, with a major emphasis on writing and speaking and that may include a language other than English." Eff. Class of 2013: Students must complete 1 unit in a career cluster course, workplace readiness or language other than English. Student service learning must be offered as an elective.
|Eff. Class of 2013, at least one of the units required for graduation must be completed through a distance learning course, Advanced Placement or honors course, or dual-credit course offered in cooperation with an institution of higher education. The default diploma eff. Class of 2013 is the New Mexico diploma of excellence.
N.M. STAT. ANN. § 22-13-1.1; N.M. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6, § 30.2
|New York||0||State offers honors/college prep and technical curriculum options and proficiency-based credit option.||N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, § 100.2, 100.5|
|North Carolina||College prep: 0
Career prep: 4
College technical prep: 4 (see notes)
Eff. Class of 2013: See notes
Notes/Citation: Pre- and post-2013, "all students must demonstrate computer proficiency as a prerequisite for high school graduation." Pre-2013: Career prep: "four credits in career/technical education, which shall be in a career concentration or pathway that leads to a specific career field and which shall include a second-level (advanced) course; or four credits in one of the four disciplines in arts education: theatre, music, visual arts, or dance; or four credits in R.O.T.C.;" College technical prep: "four credits in career/technical education, which shall be in a career concentration or pathway that leads to a specific career field and which shall include a second-level (advanced) course." Eff. Class of 2013: 2 of the 6 electives units must be any combination of career/technical education, foreign language or arts.
|The state offers 1 honors/college prep. diploma and two technical diplomas: the career preparation and college technical preparation diploma. All three diploma options described in the "standard" diploma section. State has proficiency-based credit option.||The state offers 1 honors/college prep. course of study and two technical courses of study: career preparation and college technical preparation.
Eff. Class of 2010: Students following the career preparation, college technical preparation or college/university preparation courses of study must complete a senior project "developed, monitored and scored" by the district "using state-adopted rubrics..."
Eff. Class of 2013, the career preparation, college technical preparation and college/university preparation courses of study are eliminated in favor of a common course of study for all students, the Future Ready Core. The senior project requirement will remain in force under the new core.
N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, r. 6D.0503; N.C. GEN. STAT. § 115C-81
|North Dakota||--||State does not have statewide high school graduation requirements.
N.D. CENT. CODE § 15.1-21-02.1
|Ohio||0 (see notes)
Notes/Citation: Each student's electives shall include at least one unit, or two half units, chosen from among the areas of business/technology, fine arts, and/or foreign language."
|State offers college prep and technical diploma options. State will begin phasing in proficiency-based credit option during the 2009-2010 school year.||Students entering grade nine after July 2010 but before July 2014 may opt out of the Ohio core curriculum if all of the following criteria are met: (1) After the student attends high school for two years, the student and parent sign a parental consent form that acknowledges the student will be ineligible to enroll in most state universities without further coursework; (2) The student and parent fulfill any procedural requirements the school stipulates to ensure the student's and parent's informed consent; (3) The student and parent, and a representative of the high school develop an individual career plan that specifies the student entering a two-year postsecondary program, earning an business and industry credential, or entering an apprenticeship; (4) The student's high school provides counseling and support related to the individual career plan during the student's last two years of high school; and (5) The student completes the graduation requirements in effect prior to the Class of 2014.
OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 3313.60, 3313.603; OHIO ADMIN. CODE § 3301-35-04
|Oklahoma||See notes. In addition, students must complete personal financial literacy requirement.
Notes/Citation: 2 units either same foreign language or "of computer technology approved for college admission requirements..." Also 1 unit either fine arts or speech.
|State allows local boards to offer honors/college prep curriculum option (districts not mandated to offer) and proficiency-based credit option.||Eff. Class of 2010, students may complete pre-2010 requirements with a parent's written permission. Districts may require a parent to met with a designee of the school prior to selection of the pre-2010 curriculum.
OKLA. STAT. ANN. tit. 70, § 11-103.6, 11-103.6f; OKLA. ADMIN. CODE § 210:35-9-31
Notes/Citation: 1 unit applied arts, fine arts or foreign language. Eff. Class of 2012: 3 units chosen from arts, foreign language and professional technical education.
|State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit. A January 2007 memo from the department of education states, "A key feature of the future [2012 and 2014] diploma will be wider use of proficiency, ensuring that all students will have the opportunity to choose to earn credit by demonstrating proficiency based on state content standards."||In addition to course requirements, each student must (1) "develop an education plan and build an education profile"; (2) "build a collection of evidence, or include evidence in existing collections, to demonstrate extended application"; (3) "demonstrate career-related knowledge and skills in the following areas: personal management, problem solving, communication, teamwork, employment foundations, and career development"; and (4) "participate in career-related learning experiences outlined in the education plan...."
Eff. Class of 2010: Student who does not complete 3 years of math or 4 years of English may still be awarded a diploma if the student "has met or exceeded the the academic content standards for mathematics or English established by the [local] board" or "displays proficiency in mathematics or English at a level established by the board."
OR. ADMIN. R. 581-022-1130, -1120, -1131; 2005 H.B. 3129; Oregon Department of Education Memo #011-2006-07, Changes and Implementation to High School Diploma
|Pennsylvania||--||State offers honors certificate option. State does not offer technical diploma option or proficiency-based credit option.||Carnegie unit requirements for high school graduation set by each local district. Requirements must "include course completion and grades, completion of a culminating project and results of local assessments aligned with the academic standards...."
22 PA. CODE § 4.24
|Rhode Island||See notes
Notes/Citation: While no units of technology are explicitly required, "[t]he additional six required academic credits are presumed to include, but not be limited to, credits in world languages, the arts, and technology pursuant to local educational agency policies and sufficient to allow students to demonstrate the range of proficiency required by section 3.0 of these regulations." District may petition commissioner of education to include community service learning program as component of graduation requirements.
|In addition to completing Carnegie unit requirements, students must demonstrate proficiency to graduate from high school. Proficiency may be demonstrated through exhibitions such as senior projects, capstone projects, or certificates of initial mastery; portfolios; proficiency-based departmental end-of-course exams; common tasks; and industry skill certifications.
L-6-3.1 as updated September 2008; R.I. GEN. LAWS § 16-22-2, 16-22-4, 16-22-21; "Regulations of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education Regarding Public High Schools and Ensuring Literacy for Students Entering High School," January 9, 2003, The Rhode Island High School Diploma System
|South Carolina||See notes
Notes/Citation: 1 unit computer science (including keyboarding) and 1 unit either foreign language or "career and technology education." Students in a college preparatory program must complete a unit of foreign language; students in a technology preparation program must complete a unit of Career and Technology Education.
|Students "must demonstate computer literacy before graduation."
S.C. CODE ANN. § 59-39-100, 59-30-10, 59-29-160, 59-26-70; 43 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. § 259, 262
|South Dakota||See notes
Notes/Citation: .5 unit laboratory computer studies. Eff. Class of 2010: Advanced program and Standard program: .5 unit economics or personal finance. 2 units "required offerings" – students select any combination of world language, computer studies, approved career and technical education courses, or additional math or science courses.
|State will offer honors/college prep curriculum option effective with the Class of 2010. State does not offer technical diploma option or proficiency-based credit option.||Eff. Class of 2010: All students must complete the Advanced graduation requirements unless excused by a process set forth in statute. The "Advanced" diploma is referred to as "recommended" in statute; the "Standard" diploma is referred to as "basic" in statute. Student transcripts reflect if a student completed the Advanced high school program. "Both programs shall include a rigorous high school curriculum..."
S.D. ADMIN. R. 24:43:01:01, 24:43:11:01 through 24:43:11:06; S.D. CODIFIED LAWS § 13-33-19, § 13-1-12.1, 13-33-4
Notes/Citation: University Prep: 0; Technical Prep: 4 units of "program of study focusing on a particular technical area." Both University Prep and Technical Prep: Districts must verify "that all graduating seniors have had the equivalent of at least one year (180 hours) of computer education during their K-12 tenure. However, no units of computer education specified in 20 units required for high school graduation.
|State requires all students to complete 6 units in university prep or technical prep curriculum (requirements set forth under "standard" diploma provisions). State allows students completing either curriculum option to graduate with honors based on local requirements, including achieving an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Students must complete 14 units of a core curriculum and choose to complete an additional 6 units in either the "University Preparation Curriculum" or the "Technical Preparation Curriculum."
TENN. CODE ANN. § 49-6-1010; TENN. COMP. R. & REGS. 0520-1-3-.05, 0520-1-3-.06
|Texas||Recommended and Minimum program: 1.5
Notes/Citation: Both: Must include .5 unit speech credit ("Communication Applications") and 1 unit technology applications.
|State offers honors/college prep curriculum option and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma pathway.||All students must complete the recommended or distinguished program unless the student, student's parent and school counselor or administrator agree the student should complete the minimum program. Recommended program: "All students who wish to complete the Recommended High School Program are encouraged to study each of the four foundation curriculum areas (English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies) every year in high school."
19 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 74.26, 74.41 through 74.43, 74.51 through 74.53, 74.61 through 74.63
Notes/Citation: Must include 1 unit Career and Technical Education chosen from: (a) Agriculture; (b) Business; (c) Family and Consumer Sciences; (d) Health Science and Technology; (e) Information Technology; (f) Marketing; (g) Technology and Engineering Education; (h) Trade and Technical Education and (2) .5 unit of "Computer Technology" or "successful completion of state-approved competency examination (credit may be awarded at the discretion of the school or school district)" and (3) .5 unit of "General Financial Literacy."
|Library media skills must be integrated into the subject areas. Effective with the Class of 2008, the state board "establishes minimum course description standards and objectives for each course in the required general core, which is commonly referred to as the Core Curriculum." Districts and the department of education will collaborate to develop course descriptions for required and elective courses, which must include "mastery criteria for the courses, and shall stress mastery of the course material and Core objectives and standards rather than completion of predetermined time allotments for courses."
UTAH ADMIN. CODE R277-700, R277-700-6
|Vermont||0||Student must "[demonstrate] that he or she has attained or exceeded the standards contained in the Framework or comparable standards as measured by results on performance based assessments, plus any additional requirements established by the school board" OR complete 20 state-required units (and any local requirements that show students have met or exceeded "the Framework or comparable standards") OR any combination of units and performance based assessments and/or other local board requirements demonstrating attainment or beyond of standards in the Framework.
VT. CODE R. 2188.8.131.52; VT. STAT. ANN. tit. 16, § 1545
Notes/Citation: 1 unit "fine or performing arts or career and technical education"
|State offers honors/college prep and technical curriculum options. State offers proficiency-based credit option.||This section of the database deals only with Carnegie unit requirements and does not include the "verified units of credit" (end-of-course test) requirements.
8 VA. ADMIN. CODE § 20-131-50; VA. CODE ANN. § 22.1-253.13:4
|Washington||Pre- and Eff. Class of 2008: 1 unit "Occupational Education" (see notes)
Notes/Citation: 'Occupational education' means credits resulting from a series of learning experiences designed to assist the student to acquire and demonstrate competency of skills under student learning goal four [Student Learning Goal 4: "Understand the importance of work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities"] and which skills are required for success in current and emerging occupations. At a minimum, these competencies shall align with the definition of an exploratory course as proposed or adopted in the career and technical education program standards of the superintendent of public instruction."
|State offers honors designation option and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma option.||Community colleges are authorized to award high school diplomas, provided they adhere to state board requirements for high schools. ·
Eff. Class of 2008: In addition to Carnegie unit requirements, all students must complete a "culminating project" and a "high school and beyond plan." "The [culminating] project consists of the student demonstrating both their learning competencies and preparations related to learning goals three and four. Each district shall define the process to implement this graduation requirement, including assessment criteria, in written district policy." The High School and Beyond Plan is to be "an education plan for their high school experience, including what they expect to do the year following graduation."
WASH. ADMIN. CODE § 180-51, 180-18-055, 180-50-120, 180-50-300, -315, -320, 392-121-182; WASH. REV. CODE ANN. § 28A.230.170, 28A.230.090, 28A.305.170, 28B.50.535
Eff. Class of 2008: See notes
Eff. Class of 2012: See notes
Notes/Citation: Pre-Class of 2008: 4 units completed in a career concentration. "Career concentrations are to be determined at the local school or [district] level." Eff. Class of 2008: Students must choose to complete 4 units in career concentration area in professional pathway, skilled pathway or entry pathway. Professional pathway concentration requires 4th unit math, 4th unit science and 2 units in one foreign language. Skilled pathway requires 4th unit math and 3 units in a concentration. Entry pathway requires 4 units in a concentration. "Prior to students selecting concentrations, opportunities for career decision-making must be provided in grades 9-10." Eff. Class of 2009: Entry pathway requires 3-4 units in a concentration. "Entry level career and technical students must complete 4 units in a concentration." Eff. Class of 2012: Entry pathway is eliminated. Professional pathway requires 4th science unit (above level of physical science), 2 units foreign language, a 1 unit in a concentration. Skilled pathway requires 4 units in a concentration. "Students in grades 9-12 shall be provided integrated opportunities within the core requirements to master the [state technology] standards .... It is recommended that all students take at least one course in technology applications during grades 9-12. It is also recommended that all students complete an online learning experience during grades 9-12."
|State does not have honors/college prep or technical diploma pathways, but does require the state board of education to award certificates of achievement to "students whose educational programs in grades 9-12 merit special recognition...." State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.||Students must also complete work-based learning, which is to be determined at the local level.
Eff. Class of 2008: Prior to the Class of 2008, students were required to complete 4 units in a career major. Eff. with the Class of 2008, students must complete these 4 units in one of three "pathways": the professional pathway, for those going on to a bachelor's degree; the skilled pathway, for those going on to an associate's degree or postsecondary certificate; or the entry pathway, for those going directly into the workforce after high school. Four units to be completed in career major choices vary by pathway.
Eff. Class of 2012: All high school students must "be fully enrolled in a full day of high school and/or college credit bearing courses. It is recommended that students complete a senior project to add rigor and relevance to the senior year."
W. VA. CODE. ANN. § 18-2-6, 18-2E-8a, -8c, 8d; W. VA. CODE ST. R. § 126-30-1 through -4 (primarily historical regulations), 126-31-1 through -5, 126-42-5 and -6; Mike Kees, state science coordinator, West Virginia Department of Education
Notes/Citation: A local board may require students to "participate in community service activities" to earn a high school diploma.
|Every local board must establish high school graduation criteria in addition to the state-level requirements; such criteria must include students' academic performance and teachers' recommendations.
WIS. ADMIN. CODE § 18.03, WIS. STAT. § 118.33
|Wyoming||0 + See notes
Notes/Citation: Diplomas must indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in career/vocational education. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas, which include career/vocational education.
|State offers honors endorsement option and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma option.||WY Rules and Regulations EDU GEN Ch. 31 ss 9-11; WYO. STAT. ANN. § 21-2-304, 21-9-102|
|American Samoa||Unable to locate any course requirements.|
|Puerto Rico||Unable to locate course requirements. Statute requires department to give diploma to any student who passes "the examinations pertaining to the secondary school courses" or their equivalents. Students who take tests must be 18 and upon passage, receive diploma equivalent to a a high school diploma.
18 P.R. LAWS ANN. §44, 47
|Virgin Islands||Unable to locate|
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