|English units (Std.)||4|
|Math units (Std.)||3 (see notes)|
Notes/Citation: Must include at least 1 unit Algebra 1, Math for Technology II or Integrated Mathematics I (but not more than one of these). University Prep: "two credits in Algebra II, Geometry, or other advanced mathematics course or ... 2 credits in Integrated Mathematics II and Integrated Mathematics III." According to the Tennessee Department of Education Web site, the Class of 2009 "must also complete one of the following: Algebra II, Geometry, Integrated Math II, or Technical Geometry."
|Social studies units (Std.)||3|
Notes/Citation: Must include U.S. history, world history/world geography, economics and government.
|Science units (Std.)||3|
Notes/Citation: Must include 1 unit Biology I, Biology for Technology or the equivalent in an integrated curriculum. 1 unit must be "drawn from the physical sciences" and all sciences courses must "include laboratory experiences."
|P.E./Health units (Std.)||1|
Notes/Citation: 1 unit "wellness" must "integrate concepts from the areas of health and physical fitness."
|Arts (Std.)||See notes|
Notes/Citation: University Prep: 1 unit "fine arts"; Technical Prep: 0
|Foreign language (Std.)||See notes|
Notes/Citation: University Prep: 2 in same language; Technical Prep: 0
|Electives units (Std.)||See notes|
Notes/Citation: University Prep: 3; Technical Prep: 2
|Other units (Std.)||See notes|
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.
|TOTAL # units (Std.)||20|
|Other diploma options||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.|
|Technical notes and citations (Std.)||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
|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. "Students who have taken the equivalent of high school level courses may meet course requirements in accordance with local board of education policies permitting credit by [written] examination." However, "high school credit may not be given by examination in American History." Local boards may also adopt policies allowing students to earn up to 2 units "for out-of-school experiences which are not work-based learning. Such policies shall conform to the Guide for Out-of-School Experiences when developed by the Department of Education and approved by the State Board of Education." "A student who completes an approved supervised occupational education program consisting of at least 180 hours will be given one-half credit as an out-of-school experience."|
|Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements|
|All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus||No|
|Sources||Proficiency-based credit: TENN. COMP. R. & REGS. 0520-1-3-.06|
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: TENN. COMP. R. & REGS. 0520-1-3-.05 and -.06; College admissions requirements: Rules of Tennessee Higher Education Commission section 1540-1-2-.12