Standard High School Graduation Requirements

Standard High School Graduation Requirements


The information below describes state high school graduation requirements as defined by state statutes and regulations. These requirements should be understood to show minimum course requirements, in that local boards may adopt graduation requirements above and beyond those mandated by the state. Policies reflect courses to be completed and do not include exit exam requirements. This database indicates where state policy specifies courses that may or must be completed to earn subject area credit.

With the exception of Nebraska and New Jersey, required coursework is expressed in Carnegie units, with one unit reflecting one year of coursework. Units defined in Idaho and Indiana policy have been translated from half-year to full-year units to maintain consistency. Exceptions and other circumstances related to completing high school graduation course requirements are included in the "Technical Notes and Citations" field at the end of each state's report. Subject area fields with a --- indicate that the state does not set course requirements for that subject. Where the number of state-mandated units in specific subjects falls below the total number of state-mandated units, this difference is indicated in the "total units" field rather than the "electives" field to reflect local districts' option to increase unit requirements in subject areas.

This information was gathered in January to August 2005 and is updated as new policies are enacted.

Last update: March 23, 2007

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.


Kansas

Standard Diploma
English units (Std.) 4
Eff. Class of 2009: 4 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: Pre-2009: 4 units of English language arts must "include three units in English." Eff. Class of 2009: Must "include reading, writing, literature, communication, and grammar."

Math units (Std.) 2
Eff. Class of 2009: 3, including "algebraic and geometric concepts."
Social studies units (Std.) 3
Eff. Class of 2009: 3 (see notes)
Notes/Citation: Pre-2009: Must include 1 unit U.S. history, .5 unit U.S. government, including the U.S. constitution, and course in Kansas history and government. Eff. Class of 2009: Must include world history, U.S. history, U.S. government, including the U.S. Constitution, "concepts of economics and geography" and 9-week course in Kansas history and government, held sometime in grades 7-12.
Science units (Std.) 2, including 1 unit lab science
Eff. Class of 2009: 3, including 1 unit lab science (see notes)
P.E./Health units (Std.) 1 unit p.e.
Eff. Class of 2009: 1 (see notes)
Arts (Std.) 0
Eff. Class of 2009: 1 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2009: 1 unit "fine arts"

Foreign language (Std.) 0
Eff. Class of 2009: 0
Electives units (Std.) 9
Eff. Class of 2009: 6
Other units (Std.) 0
Eff. Class of 2009: 0
TOTAL # units (Std.) 21
Eff. Class of 2009: 21
Other diploma options State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.
Technical notes and citations (Std.) 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. ยง 72-1103, 72-1117; KAN. ADMIN. REGS. 91-31-21, 91-31-32, 91-31-35
Planning and Counseling Requirement
State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements) No
Additional Coursework Options and Requirements
State has policy on early graduation No
State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency Yes. "Individual students may be awarded credit based on demonstrated knowledge of the content of a course or subject, regardless of the amount of time spent by the student in the course or subject."
Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements No
All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus No
Sources Proficiency-based credit: KAN. ADMIN. REGS. 91-31-31
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: KAN. ADMIN. REGS. 91-31-21, 91-31-35; College admissions requirements: Kansas Board of Regents Policy and Procedures Manual, July 1995, page 45 and Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Web page

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