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.


Vermont

Standard Diploma
English units (Std.) 4
Math units (Std.) 3
Social studies units (Std.) 3
Science units (Std.) 3
P.E./Health units (Std.) 1.5

Notes/Citation: 1.5 units p.e.

Arts (Std.) 1
Foreign language (Std.) 0
Electives units (Std.) 0
Other units (Std.) 0
TOTAL # units (Std.) 20

Notes/Citation: 15.5 state-determined units and 4.5 district-determined units.

Other diploma options State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.
Technical notes and citations (Std.) 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. 2120.8.2.1; VT. STAT. ANN. tit. 16, § 1545
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 Yes. Local boards must allow any high school student who has met all academic requirements for graduation to graduate in less than four years.
State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency Yes. Effective June 2005, a student meets the requirements for graduation if, at the election of each secondary school board: (1) the student demonstrates 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 (2) the student has successfully completed at least 20 Carnegie units, including at least the following courses of instruction aligned with the Framework or comparable standards: (A) four years of English language arts, (B) three years of science, (C) three years of mathematics, (D) three years of history and the social sciences, (E) one year of the arts, and (F) one and one-half years of physical education; and any additional requirements established by the school board that demonstrate that students have attained or exceeded the Framework or comparable standards or other requirements set by the board; or (3) any combination of 1 and 2 above that demonstrates that students have attained or exceeded the Framework or comparable standards."
Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements
  • No
  • State does not have statewide college entrance requirements
All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus No
Sources Early graduation: VT. STAT. ANN. tit. 16, § 563
Proficiency-based credit: VT. CODE R. 2120.8.2.1
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: Vt. Code R. 2120.8.2.1; College admissions requirements: ECS Postsecondary Governance Structures Database

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