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


Standard Diploma
English units (Std.) 4

Notes/Citation: "Four units of English to include Grammar, Composition, Literature, or any English course approved for college admission requirements...."

Math units (Std.) 3 units, all Algebra I level and higher
Notes/Citation: "Three units of mathematics, limited to Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, or any mathematics course with content and/or rigor above Algebra I and approved for college admission requirements."
Social studies units (Std.) 3 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: 1 unit U.S. history, .5 unit Oklahoma history, .5 unit U.S. govt., 1 unit chosen from history, govt., economics, civics, or non-Western culture and approved for college admission requirements.

Science units (Std.) 3 units lab science

Notes/Citation: Three units of laboratory science, limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any laboratory science course with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology and approved for college admission requirements."

P.E./Health units (Std.) 0
Arts (Std.) See notes

Notes/Citation: One unit fine arts or or one unit or set of competencies of speech

Foreign language (Std.) See notes

Notes/Citation: 2 units of same foreign language or 2 units "of computer technology approved for college admission requirements."

Electives units (Std.) 1 concentrated elective, plus 6 general electives

Notes/Citation: 1 additional unit chosen from English, math, lab science, history/citizenship skills, foreign language or computer technology, "or career and technology education courses approved for college admission requirements..."

Other units (Std.) 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.

TOTAL # units (Std.) 23
Other diploma options State allows local boards to offer honors/college prep curriculum option (districts not mandated to offer) and proficiency-based credit option.
Technical notes and citations (Std.) 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
Planning and Counseling Requirement
State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements) Yes, eff. Class of 2010. "Effective with the Class of 2010, students must complete a specified "college preparatory/work ready" curriculum, unless they receive written approval from the student's parent to complete the less rigorous "core curriculum" required prior to the Class of 2010. Districts may require a parent to meet with a school designee prior to the student's enrollment in the core curriculum. The department of education must "distribute to school districts a form suitable for this purpose" that must "include information on the benefits to students of completing the college preparatory/work ready curriculum[.]"
Additional Coursework Options and Requirements
State has policy on early graduation No
State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency Yes. Statute mandates that the state board "provide an option for high school graduation based upon attainment of the desired levels of competencies as required in tests pursuant to the provisions of Section 1210.508 of this title. Such option shall be in lieu of the amount of course credits earned." Upon request by "a student, parent, guardian, or educator, a student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in one or more areas of the core curriculum." Students must have the opportunity to show proficiency in the following areas: social studies, language arts, the arts, languages, math and science. Proficiency must "be demonstrated by assessment or evaluation appropriate to the curriculum area, for example: portfolio, criterion-referenced test, thesis, project, product or performance. Proficiency in all laboratory science courses will require that students are able to perform relevant laboratory techniques." Students must score at least 90% on the assessment or evaluation to obtain credit, and must have the opportunity for proficiency assessment at least twice each school year. "Students will be allowed to take proficiency assessments in multiple areas" and those "not demonstrating proficiency will be allowed to try again during the next assessment period." "Students demonstrating proficiency in a core curriculum area will be given credit for their learning and will be given the opportunity to advance to the next level of study in the appropriate curriculum area" and such demonstration of proficiency must be placed on the student's transcript, as will failure to demonstrate proficiency. "The school will confer with parents in making such promotion/acceleration decisions. Such factors as social and mental growth should be considered. If the parent or guardian requests promotion/acceleration contrary to the recommendation of school personnel, the parent or guardian shall sign a written statement which shall be included in the permanent record of the student. ... Proficiency assessment will measure mastery of the Priority Academic Student Skills in the same way that curriculum and instruction are focused on the Priority Academic Student Skills. In other words, assessment will be aligned with curriculum and instruction. ... Each school district will disseminate materials explaining the opportunities of proficiency based promotion to students and parents in the district each year. Proficiency criteria for each core curriculum area will be made available upon request." "Appropriate notation will be made for elementary, middle level, or high school level students satisfactorily completing grade 9 - 12 high school curriculum areas, Completion may be recorded with a letter grade or pass notation. This curriculum area will count toward meeting the requirements for the high school diploma."
Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements No
All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus No
Sources Learning plan: OKLA. STAT. ANN. tit. 70, § 11-103.6
Proficiency-based credit: OKLA. STAT. ANN. tit. 70, § 11-103.6; OKLA. ADMIN. CODE § 210:35-27-2 and -3
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: OKLA. STAT. ANN. tit. 70, § 11-103.6, § 11-103.6d, § 11-111; College admissions requirements: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Web page

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