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.


Wyoming

Standard Diploma
English units (Std.) 4 + 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 language arts. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas which include language arts.
Math units (Std.) 3 + 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 math. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas which include math.
Social studies units (Std.) 3 + See notes
Notes/Citation: Must include "history, American government and economic systems and institutions, provided business instructors" may teach economic systems and institutions courses. Students must also pass an exam on the principles of the U.S. and Wyoming constitutions. Diplomas must also indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in social studies. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas which include social studies.
Science units (Std.) 3 + 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 science. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas which include science.
P.E./Health units (Std.) 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 health and physical education. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas, two of which are health and physical education.
Arts (Std.) 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 fine and performing arts. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas, which include fine and performing arts.
Foreign language (Std.) 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 foreign language. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas, which include foreign language.
Electives units (Std.) 0
Other units (Std.) 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.
TOTAL # units (Std.) 13
Other diploma options State offers honors endorsement option and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma option.
Technical notes and citations (Std.) WY Rules and Regulations EDU GEN Ch. 31 ss 9-11; WYO. STAT. ANN. § 21-2-304, 21-9-102
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. Graduation standards in English, math, science and social studies may be completed "by passing grades or by the successful performance on competency-based equivalency examinations...."
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: WYO. STAT. ANN. § 21-2-304; WY Rules and Regulations EDU GEN Ch. 31 s 9
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: WYO. STAT. ANN. § 21-2-304, WY Rules and Regulations EDU GEN Ch. 31 s 9; College admissions requirements: ECS Postsecondary Governance Structures Database, University of Wyoming Web site

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