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State Graduation Option
Each U.S. state and the District of Columbia.
Classification
Achieve’s classification for each diploma, including whether the diploma requires students to complete a college- and career-ready course of study.
Total Units
The total number of units students need to complete a graduation option.
English Units
The number of units of English or English/ language arts (and analogous or substitute courses) needed to complete a graduation option.
English Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Mathematics Units
The number of units of mathematics (and analogous or substitute courses) needed to complete a graduation option.
Mathematics Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Science Units
The number of units of science (and analogous or substitute courses) needed to complete a graduation option.
Science Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Social Studies Units
The number of units of social studies, e.g., history, economics, geography (and analogous or substitute courses) needed to complete a graduation option.
Social Studies Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
CTE Units CTE Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Fine Arts Units Fine Arts Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Foreign Language Units Foreign Language Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Health/Physical Education Units Health/Physical Education Requirementssort descending
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Elective Units Elective Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Other Units Other Requirements
State rules, definitions, and guidance for districts and schools regarding the courses students can or must take for graduation.
Assessment Stakes for Students
Any assessments students need to pass to complete a graduation option, including the score needed to earn a diploma and/or whether assessment score(s) count toward a student’s course grade.
Wisconsin High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

23.5

English Units

4

English Requirements

At least four credits of English including writing composition

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

At least three credits of mathematics. The school board shall award a pupil up to one mathematics credit for successfully completing in the high school grades a course in computer sciences that the department has determined qualifies as computer sciences according to criteria established by the department. The school board shall award a pupil up to one mathematics credit for successfully completing in the high school grades a career and technical education course that the school board determines satisfies a mathematics requirement, but may not award any credit for that course if the school board awards any credit for that same course under subd. 1. d.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

At least three credits of science. The school board shall award a pupil a science credit for successfully completing in the high school grades each course in agriculture that the department has determined qualifies as science according to criteria established by the department. The school board shall award a pupil up to one science credit for successfully completing in the high school grades a career and technical education course that the school board determines satisfies a science requirement, but may not award any credit for that course if the school board awards any credit for that same course under subd. 1. c.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

At least three credits of social studies including state and local government.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2

Health/Physical Education Requirements

At least one and one-half credits of physical education. In grades 7 to 12, at least one-half credit of health education.

Elective Units

8.5

Elective Requirements

The state superintendent shall encourage school boards to require an additional eight and one-half credits selected from any combination of vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Students must take a civics test comprised of 100 questions that are identical to the 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Students must correctly answers at least 60 of those questions.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Wisconsin Technical High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

23.5

English Units

4

English Requirements

At least four credits of English including writing composition

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

At least three credits of mathematics. The school board shall award a pupil up to one mathematics credit for successfully completing in the high school grades a course in computer sciences that the department has determined qualifies as computer sciences according to criteria established by the department. The school board shall award a pupil up to one mathematics credit for successfully completing in the high school grades a career and technical education course that the school board determines satisfies a mathematics requirement, but may not award any credit for that course if the school board awards any credit for that same course under subd. 1. d.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

At least three credits of science. The school board shall award a pupil a science credit for successfully completing in the high school grades each course in agriculture that the department has determined qualifies as science according to criteria established by the department. The school board shall award a pupil up to one science credit for successfully completing in the high school grades a career and technical education course that the school board determines satisfies a science requirement, but may not award any credit for that course if the school board awards any credit for that same course under subd. 1. c.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

At least three credits of social studies including state and local government.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2

Health/Physical Education Requirements

At least one and one-half credits of physical education. In grades 7 to 12, at least one-half credit of health education.

Elective Units

8.5

Elective Requirements

The state superintendent shall encourage school boards to require an additional eight and one-half credits selected from any combination of vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A school board may grant a technical education high school diploma to a pupil who does all of the following: satisfies the requirements under par. (a); earns in the high school grades the same total number of credits that the school board requires of other pupils for high school graduation; successfully completes a technical education program, established by the school board, in a subject or subjects; and satisfies the requirement under sub. (1m) (a). In establishing a technical education program under subd. 1.c., the school board may incorporate standards for industry-recognized certifications. Annually, the department shall provide to each school board operating high school grades a list of such certifications. The school board shall indicate on a pupil's technical education high school diploma the certifications attained by the pupil. No school board, operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x), or governing body of a private school participating in a program under s. 118.60 or 119.23 may, except as provided in subd. 2. and subject to the policies under sub. (2)(m), grant a high school diploma to any pupil unless the pupil takes, during the high school grades, a civics test comprised of 100 questions that are identical to the 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the pupil correctly answers at least 60 of those questions.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Michigan Merit Curriculum

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

18

English Units

4

English Requirements

At least four credits in English language arts that are aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the department and approved by the state board under this section. 

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

At least four credits in math that are aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the department and approved by the state board under section 1278b, including completion of at least Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, or an integrated sequence of this course content that consists of three credits, and an additional mathematics credit, such as trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus, applied math, accounting, business math, a retake of algebra II, or a course in financial literacy as described in section 1165. A pupil may complete algebra II over two years with two credits awarded or over one and one-half years with one and one-half credits awarded for the purposes of this section and section 1278b. A pupil also may partially or fully fulfill the Algebra II requirement by completing a department-approved formal career and technical education program or curriculum, such as a program or curriculum in electronics, machining, construction, welding, engineering, computer science, or renewable energy, and in that program or curriculum successfully completing the same content as the algebra II benchmarks assessed on the department-prescribed state high school assessment, as determined by the department.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

At least three credits in science that are aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the department and approved by the state board under this section, including completion of at least biology and either chemistry, physics, anatomy, or agricultural science, or successfully completing a program or curriculum that provides the same content as the chemistry or physics benchmarks, as determined by the department. A student may fulfill the requirement for the third science credit by completing a department-approved computer science program or curriculum or formal career and technical education program or curriculum. The legislature strongly encourages pupils to complete a fourth credit in science, such as forensics, astronomy, Earth science, agricultural science, environmental science, geology, physics, chemistry, physiology, or microbiology.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

At least three credits in social science that are aligned with subject area content expectations developed by the department and approved by the state board under section 1278b, including completion of at least one credit in United States history and geography, one credit in world history and geography, one-half credit in economics, and the civics course described in section 1166(2).

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

At least one credit in visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts, as defined by the department, that is aligned with guidelines developed by the department and approved by the state board under section 1278b. A school district or public school academy is strongly encouraged to offer visual arts and performing arts courses.

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

At least two credits that are grade-appropriate in a language other than English or course work or other learning experiences that are substantially equivalent to two credits in a language other than English, based on guidelines developed by the department. For pupils who graduate from high school through 2024, a pupil may partially or fully fulfill one credit of this requirement by completing a department-approved formal career and technical education program or curriculum or by completing visual or performing arts instruction that is in addition to the requirements under subsection (1)(a)(iv). The board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy is strongly encouraged to ensure that all pupils complete at least one credit in a language other than English in grades K to 6.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

At least one credit in subject matter that includes both health and physical education aligned with guidelines developed by the department and approved by the state board under section 1278b, or at least one-half credit in health aligned with guidelines developed by the department and approved by the state board under section 1278b and at least one-half credit awarded by the school district or public school academy for approved participation in extracurricular athletics or other extracurricular activities involving physical activity.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

At least one course or learning experience that is presented online, as defined by the department.

Assessment Stakes for Students

New Jersey Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

At least twenty credits (four units) in English language arts, aligned to grade nine through twelve standards.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

At least fifteen credits (three units) in mathematics, including a third year of mathematics that builds on the concepts and skills of Algebra and Geometry and that prepares students for college and 21st century careers.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

At least fifteen credits (three units) in science, including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent; one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course, which shall include chemistry, environmental science, or physics; and one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course.

Social Studies Units

4.5

Social Studies Requirements

At least fifteen credits (three units) in social studies, including satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 2; five credits (one unit) in world history; and the integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings. At least two and one-half credits (one-half unit) in financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy.

CTE Units

1

CTE Requirements

At least five credits (one unit) in 21st century life and careers, or career-technical education.

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

At least five credits (one unit) in visual and performing arts.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

At least five credits (one unit) in world languages or student demonstration of proficiency. District boards of education shall choose from among the following assessment options to determine if students have achieved the level of language proficiency designated as Novice High as defined by the ACTFL and recognized as fulfilling the world languages requirement of the NJSLS: (A) The STAMP online assessment; (B) The OPI or MOPI; or (C) Department-approved locally designed competency-based assessments.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

0.75

Health/Physical Education Requirements

At least three and three-quarters credits (0.75 units) in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:35-5, 7 and 8.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Technological literacy, consistent with the CCSS, integrated throughout the curriculum.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Illinois High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

16.75

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four years English. Additionally, two years of writing-intensive courses, one year of which must be offered as an English language arts course and may be counted toward meeting one year of the four-year English language arts requirement. The writing courses may be counted toward the fulfillment of other state graduation requirements, when applicable, if writing-intensive content is provided in a subject area other than English language arts.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three years, of which one year must be Algebra I and one year must be a course that includes geometry content.

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two years

Social Studies Units

2

Social Studies Requirements

Two years, which must include at least one year must be the history of the United States or a combination of the history of the United States and American government.  Additionally, at least one semester of civics coursework is required.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One year which includes art, music, foreign language, or vocational education.

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Daily physical education, while not a state graduation requirement, is a required course for all students in each of four years of high school (see 105 ILCS 5/27-6).

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

The law and agency rules also require that students during high school take a minimum of eighteen weeks (one semester) of health education (see 105 ILCS 110, 105 ILCS 5/27-5 and 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1.440(a)(9)) and one quarter (nine weeks) of consumer education (see 105 ILCS 5/27-12.1 and 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1.440(a)(11)), bringing the total number of state-required courses to sixteen and three-fourths units. (See Appendix C for current regulatory requirements.) 

Assessment Stakes for Students

Massachusetts High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Local Control
The state does not set graduation course requirements. Graduation requirements are locally determined.

Total Units

English Units

English Requirements

Not applicable

Math Units

Math Requirements

Not applicable

Science Units

Science Requirements

Not applicable

Social Studies Units

Social Studies Requirements

Massachusetts state law requires the instruction of American history and civics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Massachusetts state law requires the instruction of physical education.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Missouri High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

High school graduates must earn at least four units to enable students to master important knowledge and skills in standard grammar and usage; composition; reading widely and deeply in both literary and informational texts; writing routinely for a variety of tasks, purposes and audiences; speaking and listening using multiple modalities including technology; language skills demonstrating control of the conventions of standard English; and vocabulary acquisition and use. Courses in world languages (including American Sign Language (ASL)), school publications, yearbook, media, photography, and radio and television may not be counted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Speech and debate courses are counted for English language arts credit. Scholastic journalism (mass media) may be counted for language arts credit, but only if it is taught by a certificated English teacher. 

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Missouri high school graduates must earn at least three units selected to ensure that students have strong problem-solving skills and a foundation in the mathematical concepts of number sense, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, data analysis, statistics, patterns and relationships, algebraic thinking, mathematical systems, number theory, and discrete topics. Courses commonly named “computer math,” the content of which is computer literacy, introductory computer programming, and nominal mathematics applications on computers may not be counted toward meeting the minimum requirements in mathematics. 

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Missouri high school graduates must earn at least three units selected to ensure that students have mastered the unifying concepts, principles and laws common to all the sciences; can competently apply the scientific practices; and can organize and solve scientific problems in consumer, career and technical environments.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Missouri high school graduates must earn at least three units selected to enable students to master important knowledge and skills in the areas of civic knowledge and responsibility; economic systems and functions; governmental functions; geography; world history; and American history. One of the three units must be American history, and the equivalent of one half unit must be in government.

CTE Units

1

CTE Requirements

Missouri high school graduates must earn at least one unit designed to provide life skills or to contribute to the student’s career goals. Practical arts courses are those in which students learn to integrate academic knowledge and skills with pre-vocational and career technical knowledge and skills, and to apply them in authentic situations. Practical arts courses include courses of general interest such as computer applications, school publications, and technology education, as well as career technical education courses. 

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

Missouri high school graduates must earn at least one unit, which must be from the following: music, visual arts, dance, or theatre. The content ensures that students master fundamental knowledge of the subject, including history, aesthetics, and criticism, and are able to produce or perform at an introductory level in at least one area of fine arts. Only music, visual arts, dance, or theatre may be counted toward meeting the minimum requirements. World languages (including ASL), literature, literature appreciation, speech, debate, radio and television, and stagecraft may not be counted. To earn fine arts credit for marching band or drum corps, students must also play musical instruments and participate during times of concert or performing activities.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Missouri high school graduates must earn at least one unit that provides students with knowledge and skills necessary for developing and maintaining a lifestyle that fosters physical fitness, participation in recreational activities, and general concern for personal well-being. Physical education programs must focus on the knowledge and skills needed for the development of cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition; and stress the importance of physical activity as an important component of lifetime health and wellness. Courses devoted to conditioning for interscholastic sports or practicing for interscholastic sports may not be counted toward meeting the minimum requirement. Courses offered for elective credit may include exercise or learning about team or individual sports (see Appendix C). Missouri high school graduates must earn at least one-half unit that addresses structures of, functions of, and relationships among human body systems; principles and practices of physical and mental health (such as personal health habits, nutrition, stress management); diseases and methods for prevention, treatment and control; principles of movement and physical fitness; methods used to assess health, reduce risk factors, and avoid high risk behaviors (such as violence, tobacco, alcohol and other drug use); consumer health issues (such as the effects of mass media and technologies on safety and health); and, responses to emergency situations.

Elective Units

7.5

Elective Requirements

Missouri high school graduates must earn at least one-half unit that addresses the Missouri competencies in the areas of income, money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing. The one-half credit in Personal Finance can be awarded as an Elective, as a Social Studies credit, or as a Practical Arts credit. It is recommended that the Personal Finance course be completed after the ninth grade because of the specific content and its relevance for persons reaching the age at which they must begin to assume financial responsibilities. Missouri high school graduates must earn at least seven units selected to ensure mastery of important basic academic knowledge, skills and competencies which may otherwise not have been mastered; to extend and enhance mastery of advanced academic skills; to prepare students with employment skills; and, for students not pursuing postsecondary education, to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for employment in current and emerging fields. Every elective should be chosen because the knowledge and skills taught in the course will strengthen a student’s career-education preparation and increase the student’s probability of succeeding in postsecondary education. Students should not be permitted to select electives randomly or simply to accumulate the required number of units of credit. 

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Arizona Grand Canyon Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

9.5

English Units

2

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

2

Math Requirements

Unspecified

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two credits, including lab-based science, engineering or information technologies.

Social Studies Units

2.5

Social Studies Requirements

One credit of American History, one credit of World History, one-half credit of economics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One credit of fine arts or career and technical education and vocational education.

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Arizona High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits of English or English as a Second Language, which shall include but not be limited to the following: grammar, writing, and reading skills, advanced grammar, composition, American literature, advanced composition, research methods and skills and literature. One-half credit of the English requirement shall include the principles of speech and debate but not be limited to those principles.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits of mathematics to minimally include the following: two credits containing course content covering the following areas in preparation for proficiency at the high school level on the AIMS test: number Sense and Operations; Data Analysis, Probability and Discrete Mathematics; Patterns, Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Structure and Logic. These credits shall be taken consecutively beginning with the ninth grade unless a student meets these requirements prior to the ninth grade pursuant to subsection 1(c)(iv). One credit covering Algebra II or course content equivalent to Algebra II. Courses meeting this requirement may include, but are not limited to, career and technical education and vocational education, economics, science, and arts courses as determined by the local school district governing board or charter school. One credit that includes significant mathematics content as determined by the local school district governing board or charter school. Courses successfully completed prior to the ninth grade that meet the high school mathematics credit requirements may be applied toward satisfying those requirements. The mathematics requirements may be modified for students using a personal curriculum pursuant to R7-2-302.03.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits of science in preparation for proficiency at the high school level on the statewide assessment.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

 Three credits in social studies to include the following: one credit of American history, including Arizona history; one credit of world history/geography; one-half credit of American government, including Arizona government; and one-half credit of economics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One credit of fine arts or career and technical education and vocational education.

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

Seven credits of additional courses prescribed by the local school district governing board or charter school.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

California Readiness Curriculum a-g

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

15

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four years of college preparatory English that integrates reading of classic and modern literature, frequent and regular writing, and practice listening and speaking.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include or integrate the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.

Social Studies Units

2

Social Studies Requirements

Two years, including one year of World History, Cultures and Historical Geography and one year of U.S. History, or one-half year of U.S. History and one-half year of  American Government or Civics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One year chosen from dance, music, theater, or the visual arts.

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second level of high school instruction.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

1

Elective Requirements

One year chosen from the courses listed, beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Colorado High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Local Control
The state does not set graduation course requirements. Graduation requirements are locally determined.

Total Units

1

English Units

English Requirements

Not applicable

Math Units

Math Requirements

Not applicable

Science Units

Science Requirements

Not applicable

Social Studies Units

1

Social Studies Requirements

One course. Colorado state law requires satisfactory completion of a Civics/Government course that encompasses information on both the United States and State of Colorado.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Florida Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

18

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits, including ELA I, II, III, and IV. ELA honors, AP, AICE, IB, and dual enrollment courses may satisfy this requirement.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. A student must earn one credit in Algebra I and one credit in geometry. Industry certification courses that lead to college credit may substitute for up to two math credits (except for Algebra I and Geometry).

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits. Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component. A student must earn one credit in Biology I and two credits in equally rigorous courses. Industry certification courses that lead to college credit may substitute for up to one science credit. Beginning with the class of 2020, one of which must be Biology I, two of which must be equally rigorous science courses. Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component. An industry certification that leads to college credit substitutes for up to one science credit (except for Biology I). An identified rigorous computer science course with a related industry certification substitutes for up to one science credit (except for Biology I).

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. A student must earn one credit in United States History, one credit in World History, one-half credit in Economics (which must include financial literacy), and one-half credit in United States Government. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One credit in fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or practical arts. The practical arts course must incorporate artistic content and techniques of creativity, interpretation, and imagination.

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

3

Elective Requirements

Three credits. School districts must develop and offer coordinated electives so that a student may develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of interest, such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus. Such electives must include opportunities for students to earn college credit, including industry-certified career education programs or series of career themed courses that result in industry certification or articulate into the award of college credit, or career education courses for which there is a statewide or local articulation agreement and which lead to college credit. Earn at least one credit in an Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, an Advanced International Certificate of Education, or a dual enrollment course.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Excluding a driver education course, at least one course within the twenty-four credits required under this section must be completed through online learning. Students must earn a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Maine High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

11

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four years

Math Units

2

Math Requirements

Two years

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two years, including at least one year of laboratory study

Social Studies Units

2

Social Studies Requirements

Two years, including American history, government, civics, and personal finance

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One year, which may include art, music, forensics, or drama.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Maryland University System of Maryland Course Requirements

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

16

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four years. Must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Students who complete Algebra II prior to their final year must complete the four year mathematics requirement by taking a course or courses that utilize non-trivial algebra. Non-trivial algebra is intended to mean that the level of mathematical concepts discussed and the level of problems that are used in the course would be at least as sophisticated as those that relate to problems appearing  in the Achieve ADP Algebra II test. Examples of courses meeting this requirement include Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus and successor courses, Statistics, and College Algebra. An  important feature of any such course is that it utilize algebra in a substantive way, so the student  does not lose the algebraic and numerical skills achieved in earlier courses. 

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three years. Biological and Physical Sciences; The courses completed must be in at least two different subject areas. Two of the three must include a laboratory experience. For students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) related careers (such as medicine, engineering, the sciences, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, etc.), four years of science are recommended in three different science areas, with three laboratory experiences. 

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Unspecified

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Language other than English or in some instances, Advanced Technology Education electives. The two units must be in the same language. American Sign Language is among the languages accepted. Advanced Technology is an instructional program in which students develop in-depth skills and understanding related to one or more of the following: impacts of technology; technological issues, and engineering design. At the time this policy was approved, Advanced Technology Education electives are acceptable in lieu of language at the following institutions: Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Frostburg State University, the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Students should consult the admissions office of the USM institution they are seeking to attend to determine if advanced  technology is accepted in fulfillment of this requirement. 

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Minnesota High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

21.5

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits of language arts

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three credits of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, statistics and probability sufficient to satisfy the standards. Students must complete an Algebra II credit or its equivalent as part of the three-credit requirement. Students must also complete an Algebra I credit by the end of eighth grade.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits of science, including a Biology credit. Students must complete a Chemistry, Physics, or Career and Technical Education (CTE) credit as part of the three-credit requirement. (The CTE credit must meet the standards underlying the Chemistry or Physics credit.) An agriculture course may fulfill a general science credit requirement. 

Social Studies Units

3.5

Social Studies Requirements

Three and one-half credits of social studies, including U.S. history, geography, government and citizenship, world history and economics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit in the arts

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

A CTE course may fulfill a general science, mathematics, or arts credit requirement. 

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

Seven elective credits

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Montana Minimum Core College Preparatory Program

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

14

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units. In each year the content of the course should have an emphasis upon the development of written and oral communication skills and literature.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Four units. Courses shall include Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II (or the sequential content equivalent of theses courses). Students are encouraged to take a math course in their senior year. NOTE: In school systems where a student may take Algebra I in the 8th grade, the student must still complete three years of college preparatory math in high school.

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two units. One year must be Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics; the other year can be one of those sciences or another approved college preparatory laboratory science.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units. The courses shall include Global Studies (such as World History or World Geography); American History; and Government, Economics, Indian History or other third year courses. Note: Students must complete a full year of global studies such as World History or World Geography, a full year of American History, and an additional year in another social studies field such as economics, problems of democracy, psychology, sociology, tribal government, Indian History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two units from the following: World Language (preferably two years); Computer Science; Visual and Performing Arts; or Vocational Education units which meet the Office of Public Instruction guidelines.

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Montana Rigorous Core College Preparatory Program

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

17

English Units

4

English Requirements

In addition to the Minimum Core, a designated college-prep or research-writing course is recommended.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

In addition to the Minimum Core, a course beyond Algebra II, or Integrated Math IV (such as Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Computer Math, or Integrated Math VI.) All must have grades of "C" or better.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Full year of each: General or earth science; biology; chemistry or physics.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

The courses shall include Global Studies (such as World History or World Geography); American History; and Government, Economics, Indian History or other third year courses. Note: Students must complete a full year of global studies such as World History. Note: Students must complete a full year of global studies such as World History or World Geography, a full year of American History, and an additional year in another social studies field such as economics, problems of democracy, psychology, sociology, tribal government, Indian History. With the recommendation of an additional one half year or more of other courses such as psychology, humanities. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

3

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Three years chosen from the following: two years of a World Language; Computer Science; Visual and Performing Arts (including Speech/Debate); Vocational Education units which meet OPI guidelines (such as Information Technology, Computer Science)

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Based on course availability, three years of mathematics, including a course beyond Algebra II, and four years of laboratory science may be substituted for the four years of math and three years of science requirement.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Nebraska High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

20

English Units

4

English Requirements

Forty credit hours (four units) of Language Arts with course content that includes composition, verbal communication, literature, research skills, and technical reading and writing.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Thirty credit hours (three units) of mathematics with course content that includes algebraic, geometric, data analysis, and probability concepts.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Thirty credit hours (three units) of science with course content that includes biological, earth/space, and physical science concepts with corresponding science inquiry skills and laboratory experience.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Thirty credit hours (three units) of social studies/history with course content that includes civics/government, geography, United States and world history, and economic concepts.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Each high school shall require from grades nine through twelve at least two hundred credit hours for graduation, for which at least 80 percent shall be from the core curriculum. The number of credit hours given for a course may be less than the number of instructional units and may be increased up to 25 percent above the number of instructional units. Districts will note that although specific courses are not named, the intent of the requirements is that each district's courses include content reflecting the highest level of rigor of the newly revised state standards.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Oklahoma College Preparatory/Work Ready Curriculum Standards Diploma

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

23

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units or sets of competencies of English to include Grammar, Composition, Literature, or any English course approved for college admission requirements.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units or sets of competencies 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.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units or sets of competencies of laboratory science approved for college admission requirements, including one unit or set of competencies of life science, meeting the standards for Biology I; one unit or set of competencies of physical science, meeting the standards for Physical Science, Chemistry or Physics; and one unit or set of competencies from the domains of physical science, life science or earth and space science such that the content and rigor is above Biology I or Physical Science.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units or sets of competencies of history and citizenship skills, including one unit of American History, one-half unit of Oklahoma History, one-half unit of United States Government and one unit from the subjects of History, Government, Geography, Economics, Civics, or non-Western culture and approved for college admission requirements.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One unit or set of competencies of fine arts, such as music, art, or drama, or one unit or set of competencies of speech

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two units or sets of competencies of the same foreign or non-English language or two units of computer technology approved for college admission requirements, whether taught at a high school or a technology center school, including computer programming, hardware, and business computer applications, such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics, excluding keyboarding or typing courses.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

One additional unit selected from the courses listed above or career and technology education courses, concurrently enrolled courses, Advanced Placement courses or International Baccalaureate courses approved for college admission requirements.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Oklahoma Core Curriculum Standards Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

23

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units or sets of competencies, to consist of one unit or set of competencies of grammar and composition, and three units or sets of competencies which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses: American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, Advanced English Courses, or other English courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above grammar and composition.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units or sets of competencies, to consist of one unit or set of competencies of Algebra I or Algebra I taught in a contextual methodology, and two units or sets of competencies which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses: Algebra II; Geometry or Geometry taught in a contextual methodology; Trigonometry; Math Analysis or Precalculus; Calculus; Statistics and/or Probability; Computer Science; (1) contextual mathematics courses which enhance technology preparation, or (2) a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) block course meeting the requirements for course competencies listed in paragraph 2 of subsection B of this section, whether taught at a: comprehensive high school, or technology center school when taken in the tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; mathematics courses taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; or equal to or above Algebra I.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units or sets of competencies, to consist of one unit or set of competencies of Biology I or Biology I taught in a contextual methodology, and two units or sets of competencies in the areas of life, physical, or earth science or technology which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses: Chemistry I; Physics; Biology II; Chemistry II; Physical Science; Earth Science; Botany; Zoology; Physiology;  Astronomy; Applied Biology/Chemistry; Applied Physics; Principles of Technology; qualified agricultural education courses; (1) contextual science courses which enhance technology preparation, or(2) a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) block course meeting the requirements for course competencies listed in paragraph 3 of subsection B of this section, whether taught at a: (a) comprehensive high school, or (b) technology center school when taken in the tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; science courses taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; or other science courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology I.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units or sets of competencies, to consist of one unit or set of competencies of United States History, one-half to one unit or set of competencies of United States Government, one-half unit or set of competencies of Oklahoma History, and one-half to one unit or set of competencies which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses: World History; Geography; Economics; Anthropology; or other social studies courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above United States History, United States Government, and Oklahoma History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One unit or set of competencies which may include, but is not limited to, courses in Visual Arts and General Music

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

8

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One unit or set of competencies of computer technology, whether taught at a high school or a technology center school, including computer programming, hardware and business computer applications, such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets and graphics, excluding keyboarding or typing courses, or one unit or set of competencies of foreign or non-English language. In addition to the curriculum requirements of either subsection B or D of this section, in order to graduate from a public high school accredited by the State Board of Education students shall complete the requirements for a personal financial literacy passport as set forth in the Passport to Financial Literacy Act and any additional course requirements or recommended elective courses as may be established by the State Board of Education and the district school board. School districts shall strongly encourage students to complete two units or sets of competencies of foreign languages and two units or sets of competencies of physical and health education.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Pennsylvania High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Local Control
The state does not set graduation course requirements. Graduation requirements are locally determined.

Total Units

English Units

English Requirements

Not applicable

Math Units

Math Requirements

Not applicable

Science Units

Science Requirements

Not applicable

Social Studies Units

Social Studies Requirements

Not applicable

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Graduation regulations state that students shall demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics on either the state assessments administered in grade 11 or 12 (PSSA) or a local assessment aligned with academic standards and state assessments under §4.52 (relating to local assessment system) at the proficient level or better to graduate. In addition, each school district, including charter schools, shall specify requirements for graduation in the strategic plan under §4.13 (relating to strategic plans). Requirements shall include course completion and grades, completion of a culminating project and results of local assessments aligned with the academic standards. These graduation competency assessments will cover the high school content areas of Algebra I and II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, English Composition, English Literature, American History, World History, and Civics and Government.  

Assessment Stakes for Students

Rhode Island High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

20

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four courses of mathematics (three mathematics courses and one math-related course).

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Unspecified

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Unspecified

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

The additional six required courses are presumed to include, but not limited to, world languages, the arts, physical education and health, and technology pursuant to LEA policies and applicable state law.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Students shall successfully complete at least two of the following performance-based diploma assessments: graduation portfolios, exhibitions, comprehensive course assessments, or Certificate of Initial Mastery. Each student exiting a Rhode Island high school with a diploma shall exhibit proficiency in a comprehensive set of applied learning skills including communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, research, reflection and evaluation, and collaboration. Successful completion of performance-based diploma assessments shall include demonstrations of both applied learning skills and core content proficiency. Students shall be required to present their portfolio or exhibition work to a review panel that will evaluate the student’s presentation using a state-approved rubric. No earlier than the class of 2017, LEAs may choose to include the state assessment or other standardized assessment as a graduation requirement in addition to 1) and 2) above. Regarding performance-based diploma assessments, students shall successfully complete at least one performance-based diploma assessment. Successful completion of performance-based diploma assessments shall include demonstrations of both applied learning skills and proficiency in one or more content areas. All performance-based diploma assessments shall be evaluated utilizing an LEA-defined scoring criteria aligned with high school level state-adopted content standards and applied learning standards and/or other relevant nationally-recognized content standards.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Wyoming Hathaway Scholarship Honors Level

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

19

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four years of Language Arts (Grades 9-12 only).

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four Years (Grades 7-12), Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and 1 Additional Math Course.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four years (Grades 9-12 only), only one year of additional science can be taken.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three Years (Grades 9-12 Only)

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two sequential years, one high school level course before 9th grade allowed.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two years of either fine arts, career and technical education, or additional foreign language (non–sequenced) (Grades 9-12 Only).

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

3.5 GPA and a score of 25 on the ACT.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Wyoming Hathaway Scholarship Opportunity Level

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

15

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four years of Language Arts (Grades 9-12 only).

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four Years (Grades 7-12), Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and 1 Additional Math Course.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four years (Grades 9-12 only), only one year of additional science can be taken.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three Years (Grades 9-12 Only).

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two years of either fine arts, career and technical education, or two years foreign language (sequenced) (Grades 9-12 Only).

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

2.5 GPA and a score of 19 on the ACT.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Wyoming Hathaway Scholarship Performance Level

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

19

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four years of Language Arts (Grades 9-12 only).

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four Years (Grades 7-12), Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and 1 Additional Math Course.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four years (Grades 9-12 only), only one year of additional science can be taken.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three Years (Grades 9-12 Only).

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two sequential years, one high school level course before 9th grade allowed.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two years of either fine arts, career and technical education, or additional foreign language (non–sequenced) (Grades 9-12 Only).

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

3.0 GPA and a score of 21 on the ACT.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Wyoming Hathaway Scholarship Provisional Opportunity Level

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

15

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four school years of English.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three years, including at least 2 of these courses: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three school years of science.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three school years of social studies.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two years of either fine arts, career and technical education, or two years foreign language (sequenced) (Grades 9-12 only).

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

2.5 GPA and a score of 17 on the ACT or a score of 12 on WorkKeys.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Wyoming High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

13

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four school years of English.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three school years of mathematics

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three school years of science

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three school years of social studies, including history, American government and economic systems and institutions, provided business instructors may instruct classes on economic systems and institutions.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Satisfactorily passing an examination on the principles of the constitution of the United States and the state of Wyoming. Students shall demonstrate proficient performance on the uniform student content and performance standards for language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, foreign language, career/vocational education and fine and performing arts as set forth in Section 8(c) of this chapter. A high school diploma shall provide for one (1) of the following endorsements which shall be stated on the transcript of each student: (i) Advanced endorsement which requires a student to demonstrate advanced performance in a majority of the areas of the common core of knowledge and skills and proficient performance in the remaining areas of the specified common core of knowledge and skills, which include language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, foreign language, fine and performing arts, and career/vocational education; (ii) Comprehensive endorsement which requires a student to demonstrate proficient performance in all areas of the common core of knowledge and skills, which include language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, foreign language, fine and performing arts, and career/vocational education; (iii) General endorsement which requires a student to demonstrate proficient performance in a majority of the areas of the common core of knowledge and skills, which include language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, foreign language, fine and performing arts, and career/vocational education.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Alaska Performance Scholarship - Math and Science Curriculum

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

21

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of credit, chosen from composition, American literature, world literature, speech and debate, advanced composition, creative writing, and British literature.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units of credit, chosen from algebra I, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, calculus 2, and statistics.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four units of credit, chosen from physical science, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, marine biology, and anatomy & physiology.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four units of credit, chosen from world history, American history, geography, American government, civics, economics, Alaska history, western civilization, eastern civilization, psychology, and sociology.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

The Alaska Performance Scholarship is a program of the State of Alaska. It can be awarded to any Alaska high school graduate meeting eligibility requirements, including GPA, test scores, and curriculum. The award can be used for postsecondary training at a college or approved career and technical program in Alaska. Up to one additional course may be substituted for a standard course in math and language arts, and up to two additional courses may be substituted for standard courses in science and social studies. Additionally, for the Math & Science Curriculum option only, a foreign language, Alaska Native Language, American Sign Language, cultural heritage, or fine arts course may be substituted for one standard course of social studies.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Alaska Performance Scholarship - Social Studies and Language Curriculum

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

21

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of credit, chosen from composition, American literature, world literature, speech and debate, advanced composition, creative writing, and British literature.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit, chosen from algebra I, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, calculus 2, and statistics.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit, chosen from physical science, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, marine biology, and anatomy & physiology.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four units of credit, chosen from world history, American history, geography, American government, civics, economics, Alaska history, western civilization, eastern civilization, psychology, and sociology.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Same language for both credits

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Not applicable

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

The Alaska Performance Scholarship is a program of the State of Alaska. It can be awarded to any Alaska high school graduate meeting eligibility requirements, including GPA, test scores, and curriculum. The award can be used for postsecondary training at a college or approved career and technical program in Alaska. Up to one additional course may be substituted for a standard course in each subject area (math, science, language arts, and social studies).

Assessment Stakes for Students

District of Columbia High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units. Mathematics must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II at a minimum. All students must enroll in Algebra I no later than tenth (10th) grade commencing with the 2016-2017 school year, unless the school is approved for a waiver.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four units, which must include three lab sciences. For all students entering the ninth (9th) grade beginning school year 2009-2010, one (1) of the three (3) lab science units, required by paragraph (a) of this subsection, shall be a course in Biology.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four units, including World History 1 and 2; US History; US Government and DC History.

CTE Units

2

CTE Requirements

Two units, which must include a College Level or Career Preparatory (CLCP) course approved by the Local Education Agency (LEA) and successfully completed by the student. The course may fulfill subject matter or elective unit requirements as deemed appropriate by the LEA. CLCP courses approved by the LEA may include courses at other institutions. 

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One-half credit in Arts and one-half credit in Music

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Unspecified

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One and one-half credit in Physical Education/Health

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

100 hours of volunteer community service. Students must complete at least one credit-bearing course during the third or subsequent SHS years that requires a culminating composition or project that is formally presented. All 11th graders must write a coherent thesis that conveys a clear and distinctive position. All 12th graders must write and present a cogent thesis.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Vermont High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

20

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Unspecified

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Unspecified

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three years of civics, history and the social sciences, one year of which shall be in U.S. history and government

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

 One year of the arts

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One and one-half years of physical education

Elective Units

4.5

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Mississippi Early Exit Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

17.5

English Units

2

English Requirements

Two units, including English II (equivalent course)

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units, including Algebra I (equivalent course)

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two units, including Biology I (equivalent course)

Social Studies Units

2

Social Studies Requirements

Two units, including one credit of World History; one credit of U.S. History (equivalent courses); one-half credit of Mississippi Studies.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

On unit of the arts

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit in any combination of Health and Physical Education

Elective Units

5

Elective Requirements

Should focus on college admission or national certification requirements.

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One unit Technology or Computer Science.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Alabama High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits to include English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12. Equivalent options may include AP/IB/postsecondary courses.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Three credits to include Algebra I, or its equivalent; Geometry, or its equivalent; Algebra II w/Trigonometry or Algebra II, or its equivalent. One credit from Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics or CTE/AP/IB/postsecondary equivalent courses.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Two credits to include Biology and a physical science. Two credits from Alabama Course of Study: Science or CTE/AP/IB/postsecondary equivalent courses.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four credits to include World History, United States History I, United States History II, United States Government (one-half credit), Economics (one-half credit). Equivalent options may include: AP/IB/postsecondary courses. All four credits shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study: Social Studies.

CTE Units

1

CTE Requirements

One credit in career preparedness

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

3

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Unspecified

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit in Lifelong Individualized Fitness Education (LIFE) and one-half credit in Health Education

Elective Units

2.5

Elective Requirements

Two and one-half credits. Local boards shall offer foreign languages, arts education, physical education, wellness education, career and technical education, and driver education as electives.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Delaware High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. Students shall earn credit upon completion of mathematics course work that includes no less than the equivalent of the traditional requirements of Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II courses. The student shall complete an Algebra II or Integrated Mathematics III course as one of the Mathematics credits. A credit in Mathematics shall be earned during the senior year.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits. Scientific investigations related to the State Science Standards shall be included in all three science course requirements. Students shall complete a Biology course as one of the Science credits.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. Students shall complete a U. S. History course as one of the Social Studies credits.

CTE Units

3

CTE Requirements

Three credits in a career pathway.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits. Students may fulfill the two-credit world language requirement by either: 1) earning a minimum of two world language credits in the same language or, 2) demonstrating novice-high or higher proficiency level on a nationally recognized assessment of language proficiency, except English, in the skill areas of oral or signed expressive and receptive communication, reading and writing, that uses the levels of proficiency as identified by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language, or as approved for use by the Delaware Department of Education.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit in physical education and one-half credit in health education.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

During their senior year, students shall maintain a credit load each semester that earns them at least a majority of credits that could be taken that semester.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Florida Scholar Diploma Designation

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits, including ELA I, II, III, and IV. A student must pass 10th grade FCAT Reading until the state transitions to a common core 10th grade ELA assessment, after which time a student must pass the ELA assessment in order to earn a standard high school diploma. When the state transitions to common core assessments, pass the 11th grade ELA common core assessment.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. A student must earn one credit in Algebra I and one credit in geometry. Industry certification courses that lead to college credit may substitute for up to two math credits. Earn one credit in Algebra II and one credit in statistics or an equally rigorous course. 

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits. A student must earn one credit in Biology I, one credit in chemistry or physics, and one credit in a course equally rigorous to chemistry or physics. Industry certification courses that lead to college credit may substitute for up to one science credit. 

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. A student must earn one credit in United States History, one credit in World History, one-half credit in Economics (which must include financial literacy), and one-half credit in United States Government.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits in the same world language.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One credit in fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or practical arts. The practical arts course must incorporate artistic content and techniques of creativity, interpretation, and imagination.

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit in physical education. Physical education must include the integration of health.

Elective Units

8

Elective Requirements

Eight credits. School districts must develop and offer coordinated electives so that a student may develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of interest, such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus. Such electives must include opportunities for students to earn college credit, including industry-certified career education programs or series of career themed courses that result in industry certification or articulate into the award of college credit, or career education courses for which there is a statewide or local articulation agreement and which lead to college credit. Earn at least one credit in an Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, an Advanced International Certificate of Education, or a dual enrollment course.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Excluding a driver education course, at least one course within the twenty-four credits required under this section must be completed through online learning.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Florida Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits, including ELA I, II, III, and IV. ELA honors, AP, AICE, IB, and dual enrollment courses may satisfy this requirement.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. A student must earn one credit in Algebra I and one credit in geometry. Industry certification courses that lead to college credit may substitute for up to two math credits (except for Algebra I and Geometry).

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits. Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component. A student must earn one credit in Biology I and two credits in equally rigorous courses. Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component. An industry certification that leads to college credit substitutes for up to one science credit (except for Biology I). An identified rigorous computer science course with a related industry certification substitutes for up to one science credit (except for Biology I).

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. A student must earn one credit in United States History, one credit in World History, one-half credit in Economics (which must include financial literacy), and one-half credit in United States Government. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One credit in fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or practical arts. The practical arts course must incorporate artistic content and techniques of creativity, interpretation, and imagination.

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit in physical education. Physical education must include the integration of health.

Elective Units

8

Elective Requirements

Eight credits. School districts must develop and offer coordinated electives so that a student may develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of interest, such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus. Such electives must include opportunities for students to earn college credit, including industry-certified career education programs or series of career themed courses that result in industry certification or articulate into the award of college credit, or career education courses for which there is a statewide or local articulation agreement and which lead to college credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Excluding a driver education course, at least one course within the twenty-four credits required under this section must be completed through online learning. Students must earn a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Florida Merit Diploma Designation

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits, including ELA I, II, III, and IV. ELA honors, AP, AICE, IB, and dual enrollment courses may satisfy this requirement.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. A student must earn one credit in Algebra I and one credit in geometry. Industry certification courses that lead to college credit may substitute for up to two math credits (except for Algebra I and Geometry).

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits. Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component. A student must earn one credit in Biology I and two credits in equally rigorous courses. Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component. An industry certification that leads to college credit substitutes for up to one science credit (except for Biology I). An identified rigorous computer science course with a related industry certification substitutes for up to one science credit (except for Biology I).

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. A student must earn one credit in United States History, one credit in World History, one-half credit in Economics (which must include financial literacy), and one-half credit in United States Government.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One credit in fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or practical arts. The practical arts course must incorporate artistic content and techniques of creativity, interpretation, and imagination.

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit in physical education. Physical education must include the integration of health. 

Elective Units

8

Elective Requirements

Eight credits. School districts must develop and offer coordinated electives so that a student may develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of interest, such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus. Such electives must include opportunities for students to earn college credit, including industry-certified career education programs or series of career themed courses that result in industry certification or articulate into the award of college credit, or career education courses for which there is a statewide or local articulation agreement and which lead to college credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Attain one or more industry certifications from the list established (per section 1003.492, Florida Statutes[F.S.]). Excluding a driver education course, at least one course within the twenty-four credits required under this section must be completed through online learning. Students must earn a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Hawaii High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits including: English Language Arts 1 (one credit); and English Language Arts 2 (one credit); and Expository Writing (or equivalent course) (one-half credit); and English Language Arts basic electives (one and one-half credits). 

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three credits including: Algebra 1 (one credit); and Geometry (one credit); and Mathematics basic elective (one credit).

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits including: Biology 1 (one credit); and Science basic electives (two credits).

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four credits including: US History and Government (one credit); and World History and Culture (one credit); and Modern History of Hawaii (one-half credit); and Participation in a Democracy (one-half credit); and Social Studies basic elective (one credit).

CTE Units

0.5

CTE Requirements

One-half credit for Personal Transition Plan

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits in a single World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education (CTE). World Language credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language. Fine Arts includes Visual Arts and Performing Arts. Fine Arts credits do not need to be in a single discipline. CTE credits must be in a single career pathway program of study sequence. Two consecutive JROTC courses fulfill CTE credits for diploma requirements.

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit including: Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (one-half credit); and Physical Education basic elective (one-half credit). One-half credit including: Health Today and Tomorrow (one-half credit).

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Hawaii High School Diploma with Academic Honors

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits including: English Language Arts 1 (one credit); and English Language Arts 2 (one credit); and Expository Writing (or equivalent course) (one-half credit); and English Language Arts basic electives (one and one-half credits). 

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. In addition to meeting the requirements for the Hawaii High School Diploma, the four credits must include one credit for Algebra 2 and one credit beyond Algebra 2. The credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via the following courses or equivalent AP or IB or Running Start math courses: Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Introduction to College Mathematics, or Calculus.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four credits. Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1, equivalent IB Biology, or AP Biology courses.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four credits including: US History and Government (one credit); and World History and Culture (one credit); and Modern History of Hawaii (one-half credit); and Participation in a Democracy (one-half credit); and Social Studies basic elective (one credit).

CTE Units

0.5

CTE Requirements

One-half credit for Personal Transition Plan

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits in a single World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education (CTE). World Language credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language. Fine Arts includes Visual Arts and Performing Arts. Fine Arts credits do not need to be in a single discipline. CTE credits must be in a single career pathway program of study sequence. Two consecutive JROTC courses fulfill CTE credits for diploma requirements.

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit including: Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (one-half credit); and Physical Education basic elective (one-half credit). One-half credit including: Health Today and Tomorrow (one-half credit).

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

Two credits minimum must be from AP/IB/Running Start courses (equivalent to credits for two college courses). Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to qualify for a honors recognition certificate.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Hawaii High School Diploma with CTE Honors

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits including: English Language Arts 1 (one credit); and English Language Arts 2 (one credit); and Expository Writing (or equivalent course) (one-half credit); and English Language Arts basic electives (one and one-half credits). 

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three credits including: Algebra 1 (one credit); and Geometry (one credit); and Mathematics basic elective (one credit).

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits including: Biology 1 (one credit); and Science basic electives (two credits).

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four credits including: US History and Government (one credit); and World History and Culture (one credit); and Modern History of Hawaii (one-half credit); and Participation in a Democracy (one-half credit); and Social Studies basic elective (one credit).

CTE Units

0.5

CTE Requirements

One-half credit for Personal Transition Plan

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits in a single World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education (CTE). World Language credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language. Fine Arts includes Visual Arts and Performing Arts. Fine Arts credits do not need to be in a single discipline. CTE credits must be in a single career pathway program of study sequence. Two consecutive JROTC courses fulfill CTE credits for diploma requirements.

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit including: Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (one-half credit); and Physical Education basic elective (one-half credit). One-half credit including: Health Today and Tomorrow (one-half credit).

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

Completes program of study (two to three courses in sequence plus a state-identified specific academic course requirement). Earn a B or better in each required program of study (coursework). Meet or exceed proficiency on performance-based assessments for corresponding program of study. Completes one of the following written assessments for the corresponding program of study: Earn at least 70% on each end-of-course assessment; Earn a nationally recognized certificate; and Earn a passing score on a Dual Credit Articulated Program of Study assessment. Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to qualify for a honors recognition certificate.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Hawaii High School Diploma with STEM Honors

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits including: English Language Arts 1 (one credit); and English Language Arts 2 (one credit); and Expository Writing (or equivalent course) (one-half credit); and English Language Arts basic electives (one and one-half credits). 

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. In addition to meeting the requirements for the Hawaii High School Diploma, the four credits must include one credit for Algebra 2 and one credit beyond Algebra 2. The credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via the following courses or equivalent AP or IB or Running Start math courses: Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Introduction to College Mathematics, or Calculus.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four credits. Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1, equivalent IB Biology, or AP Biology courses.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four credits including: US History and Government (one credit); and World History and Culture (one credit); and Modern History of Hawaii (one-half credit); and Participation in a Democracy (one-half credit); and Social Studies basic elective (one credit).

CTE Units

0.5

CTE Requirements

One-half credit for Personal Transition Plan

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits in a single World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education (CTE). World Language credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language. Fine Arts includes Visual Arts and Performing Arts. Fine Arts credits do not need to be in a single discipline. CTE credits must be in a single career pathway program of study sequence. Two consecutive JROTC courses fulfill CTE credits for diploma requirements.

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit including: Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (one-half credit); and Physical Education basic elective (one-half credit). One-half credit including: Health Today and Tomorrow (one-half credit).

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

Successful completion of a STEM Capstone Project in one of the approved ACCN courses. Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to qualify for a honors recognition certificate.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Missouri CBHE High School Core Curriculum

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

English/language arts coursework (four units) emphasizes college preparatory composition, research skills, analysis of literature, and other content of comparable or greater rigor. Speech and debate courses may be included. Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes student publications, broadcast media, or theater.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

At least one mathematics course should be taken each year. It is particularly important that students take a mathematics course in grade 12. Mathematics coursework (four  units) emphasizes college preparatory algebra and other content of comparable or greater rigor. Coursework that emphasizes pre-algebra, computer math/programming, consumer/basic math, or business math/accounting is not acceptable for the CBHE Recommended College Preparatory High School core curriculum.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Science coursework (three units) emphasizes college preparatory biology, chemistry, and other content of comparable or greater rigor. Science coursework should include at least one laboratory course. Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes general or consumer science.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Social studies coursework (three units) emphasizes American history, Missouri government and Missouri history as required by state statute, geography/world civilizations, and other content of comparable or greater rigor. Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes family/human development or consumer education.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

Fine arts coursework (one unit) emphasizes visual arts, instrumental or vocal music, dance, theater, or other content of comparable or greater rigor. Critical analysis, theory, or "appreciation" courses may be included. Coursework not acceptable for the high school core curriculum emphasizes speech, debate, or broadcast media.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit of physical education, one-half credit of health.

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

All students should complete at least three elective units total in foreign language and/or other courses within high school core content areas. Two units of a single foreign language are strongly recommended.

Other Units

1.5

Other Requirements

Missouri public high school students are required by the State Board of Education to complete one unit in practical arts and one-half unit in personal finance.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Texas Distinguished Achievement High School Program - Advanced High School Program

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

26

English Units

4.5

English Requirements

Four credits. The credits must consist of English I, II, III, and IV (Students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency, as defined by §74.4(d) of this title (relating to English Language Proficiency Standards), may satisfy the English I and English II graduation requirements by successfully completing English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages). Speech--one-half credit. The credit may be selected from the following courses: Communication Applications; and Professional Communications.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. Three of the credits must consist of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. The fourth credit may be selected from the following courses after successful completion of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry: Precalculus; Independent Study in Mathematics; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Statistics; Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics; AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC; AP Computer Science; International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level; IB Mathematics Standard Level; IB Mathematics Higher Level;  IB Further Mathematics Standard Level; Robotics Programming and Design; Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; and  pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(b-5), a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses approved under this clause. The additional credit may be selected from the following courses and may be taken after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry and either after the successful completion of or concurrently with Algebra II: Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Risk Management; and Digital Electronics.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four credits. Three of the credits must consist of a biology credit (Biology, AP Biology, or IB Biology), a chemistry credit (Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry), and a physics credit (Physics, AP Physics, or IB Physics). The fourth credit may be selected from the following laboratory-based courses: Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; AP Biology; AP Chemistry; AP Physics B; AP Physics C; AP Environmental Science; IB Biology; IB Chemistry; IB Physics; IB Environmental Systems; and pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses approved under this clause. The additional credit may be selected from the following laboratory-based courses and may be taken after the successful completion of biology and chemistry and either after the successful completion of or concurrently with physics: Scientific Research and Design; Anatomy and Physiology; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Biotechnology; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Food Science; Forensic Science; and Principles of Engineering.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four credits. The credits must consist of World History Studies (one credit), World Geography Studies (one credit), United States History Studies Since 1877 (one credit), United States Government (one-half credit), and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits (one-half credit).

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit. The credit may be selected from the following courses: Art, Level I, II, III, or IV;  Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music, Level I, II, III, or IV; Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV;  Principles and Elements of Floral Design.

Foreign Language Units

3

Foreign Language Requirements

Three credits. The credits must consist of any three levels in the same language.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit of Physical Education. The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness; Adventure/Outdoor Education; Aerobic Activities; and Team or Individual Sports.

Elective Units

4.5

Elective Requirements

Four and one-half credits. The credits may be selected from the list of courses specified in §74.71(h) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements). All students who wish to complete the Distinguished Achievement High School Program are encouraged to study each of the four foundation curriculum areas (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) every year in high school. A student may not combine a half credit of a course for which there is an end-of-course assessment with another elective credit course to satisfy an elective credit requirement.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Advanced measures. A student also must achieve any combination of four of the following advanced measures. Original research/projects may not be used for more than two of the four advanced measures. The measures must focus on demonstrated student performance at the college or professional level. Student performance on advanced measures must be assessed through an external review process. The student may choose from the following options: original research/project that is: judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project; or conducted under the direction of mentor(s) and reported to an appropriate audience; and Related to the required curriculum set forth in §74.1 of this title (relating to Essential Knowledge and Skills); test data where a student receives: a score of three or above on the College Board advanced placement examination; a score of four or above on an International Baccalaureate examination; or a score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that qualifies the student for recognition as a commended scholar or higher by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) of the College Board or as part of the National Achievement Scholarship Program of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT score shall count as only one advanced measure regardless of the number of honors received by the student; or college academic courses, including those taken for dual credit, and advanced technical credit courses, including locally articulated courses, with a grade of 3.0 or higher.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Texas Foundation High School Program

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits. Three of the credits must consist of English I, II, and III. (Students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency, as defined by §74.4(d) of this title (relating to English Language Proficiency Standards), may satisfy the English I and English II graduation requirements by successfully completing English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages.) After the successful completion of English I, II, and III, the additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses:  English IV; Independent Study in English; Literary Genres; Creative Writing; Research and Technical Writing; Humanities;  Public Speaking III; Communication Applications, which must be combined with another half credit from the other courses listed in subparagraphs (A)-(G) and (I)-(S) of this paragraph; Oral Interpretation III; Debate III; Independent Study in Speech; Independent Study in Journalism; Advanced Broadcast Journalism III;  Advanced Journalism: Newspaper III; Advanced Journalism: Yearbook III; an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) English language arts course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements); after the successful completion of English I, II, and III, a locally developed English language arts course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002(g-1); Business English; and a college preparatory English language arts course that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three credits. Two of the credits must consist of Algebra I and Geometry. The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses or a credit selected from the courses listed in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph: Mathematical Models with Applications; Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Digital Electronics; Robotics Programming and Design; Financial Mathematics; Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals; Accounting II; Manufacturing Engineering Technology II; and Robotics II. The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II; Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning; Statistics; an AP or IB mathematics course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; AP Computer Science A; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Business Decision Making; (xii) Mathematics for Medical Professionals; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; (xiv) pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; and (xv) after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1).

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits. One credit must consist of Biology or an AP or IB biology course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. One credit must be selected from the following laboratory-based courses: Integrated Physics and Chemistry; Chemistry; Physics; Principles of Technology; and(v)  an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following laboratory-based courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title;  Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I;  Biotechnology II;  Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this clause; and a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1).(C)  Credit may not be earned for both physics and Principles of Technology to satisfy science credit requirements.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. Two of the credits must consist of United States History Studies Since 1877 (one credit), United States Government (one-half credit), and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits (one-half credit). The additional credit may be selected from the following courses: World History Studies; and World Geography Studies.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit. The credit may be selected from the following courses subject to prerequisite requirements: Art, Level I, II, III, or IV; Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music Studies; Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Musical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Technical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Principles and Elements of Floral Design; Digital Art and Animation; and 3-D Modeling and Animation. In accordance with local district policy, credit may be earned through participation in a community-based fine arts program not provided by the school district in which the student is enrolled. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in fine arts. Approval may be granted if the fine arts program provides instruction in the essential knowledge and skills identified for a fine arts course as defined by Chapter 117, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to High School).

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits - Languages other than English (LOTE). The credits may be selected from the following: any two levels in the same language; or two credits in computer programming languages selected from Computer Science I, II, and III. If a student, in completing the first credit of Languages other than English (LOTE), demonstrates that the student is unlikely to be able to complete the second credit, the student may substitute another appropriate course as follows: Special Topics in Language and Culture; World History Studies or World Geography Studies for a student who is not required to complete both by the local district; another credit selected from Chapter 114 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English); or computer programming languages. A student, who due to a disability, is unable to complete two credits in the same language in a language other than English, may substitute a combination of two credits from English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies or two credits in career and technical education or technology applications for the LOTE credit requirements. 

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit of Physical Education. The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness; Adventure/Outdoor Education; Aerobic Activities; and Team or Individual Sports.

Elective Units

5

Elective Requirements

Five credits. The credits must be selected from the list of courses specified in §74.11(g), (h), or (i) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements) or from a locally developed course or activity developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1), for which a student may receive credit and that does not satisfy a specific course requirement.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Texas Foundation High School Program with Arts and Humanities Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

26

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits. Three of the credits must consist of English I, II, and III. (Students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency, as defined by §74.4(d) of this title (relating to English Language Proficiency Standards), may satisfy the English I and English II graduation requirements by successfully completing English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages.) The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: English IV;  Independent Study in English; Literary Genres; Creative Writing; Research and Technical Writing; Humanities; Public Speaking III; Communication Applications, which must be combined with another half credit from the other courses listed in subparagraphs (A)-(G) and (I)-(T) of this paragraph;  Oral Interpretation III; Debate III; Independent Study in Speech; Independent Study in Journalism; Advanced Broadcast Journalism III; Advanced Journalism: Newspaper III; Advanced Journalism: Yearbook III;  Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition;  International Baccalaureate (IB) Language Studies A1 Higher Level; after the successful completion of English I, II, and III, a locally developed English language arts course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002(g-1); Business English; and a college preparatory English language arts course that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. Two of the credits must consist of Algebra I and Geometry. The additional credits may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses or a credit selected from the courses listed in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph: Mathematical Models with Applications;  Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Digital Electronics; Robotics Programming and Design; Financial Mathematics;  Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals; Accounting II; Manufacturing Engineering Technology II; and Robotics II. The additional  credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II; Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics;  Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning;  Statistics; an AP or IB mathematics course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; AP Computer Science A; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Business Decision Making; Mathematics for Medical Professionals; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; and  after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). A fourth credit in mathematics that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II;  Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning;  Statistics; Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics; AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC; AP Computer Science; International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level; (M)  IB Mathematics Standard Level;  IB Mathematics Higher Level;  IB Further Mathematics Higher Level; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Risk Management; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1); and Mathematical Models with Applications, if credit is earned prior to September 1, 2015, or September 1 of a subsequent year in which either of the courses listed in subparagraph (F) or (G) of this paragraph has been developed and approved by the State Board of Education, whichever is later. A student may complete a course listed in paragraph (2) of this subsection before or after completing a course listed in §74.12(b)(2)(A) of this title. The fourth mathematics credit may be a college preparatory mathematics course that is developed and offered pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four credits. One credit must consist of Biology or an AP or IB biology course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. One credit must be selected from the following laboratory-based courses: Integrated Physics and Chemistry; Chemistry; Physics; Principles of Technology; and an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following laboratory-based courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this clause; and a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). Credit may not be earned for both physics and Principles of Technology to satisfy science credit requirements. To earn an endorsement a student must demonstrate proficiency in the following: An additional credit in science that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1).

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. Two of the credits must consist of United States History Studies Since 1877 (one credit), United States Government (one-half credit), and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits (one-half credit). The additional credit may be selected from the following courses: World History Studies; and World Geography Studies.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit. The credit may be selected from the following courses subject to prerequisite requirements: Art, Level I, II, III, or IV; Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music Studies; Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Musical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Technical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Principles and Elements of Floral Design; Digital Art and Animation; and 3-D Modeling and Animation. In accordance with local district policy, credit may be earned through participation in a community-based fine arts program not provided by the school district in which the student is enrolled. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in fine arts. Approval may be granted if the fine arts program provides instruction in the essential knowledge and skills identified for a fine arts course as defined by Chapter 117, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to High School).

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits - Languages other than English (LOTE). The credits may be selected from the following: any two levels in the same language; or two credits in computer programming languages selected from Computer Science I, II, and III. If a student, in completing the first credit of Languages other than English (LOTE), demonstrates that the student is unlikely to be able to complete the second credit, the student may substitute another appropriate course as follows: Special Topics in Language and Culture; World History Studies or World Geography Studies for a student who is not required to complete both by the local district; another credit selected from Chapter 114 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English); or computer programming languages. A student, who due to a disability, is unable to complete two credits in the same language in a language other than English, may substitute a combination of two credits from English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies or two credits in career and technical education or technology applications for the LOTE credit requirements. 

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit of Physical Education. The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness; Adventure/Outdoor Education; Aerobic Activities; and Team or Individual Sports.

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

The credits must be selected from the list of courses specified in §74.11(g), (h), or (i) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements) or from a locally developed course or activity developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1), for which a student may receive credit and that does not satisfy a specific course requirement.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student may earn an arts and humanities endorsement by completing the requirements specified in subsection (e) of this section and: five social studies credits by selecting courses from Chapter 113 of this title or Chapter 118 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits); or four levels of the same language in a language other than English by selecting courses in accordance with Chapter 114 of this title; or two levels of the same language in a language other than English and two levels of a different language in a language other than English by selecting courses in accordance with Chapter 114 of this title; or four levels of American sign language by selecting courses in accordance with Chapter 114 of this title; or a coherent sequence of four credits by selecting courses from one or two categories or disciplines in fine arts from Chapter 117 of this title or innovative courses approved by the commissioner; or four English elective credits by selecting from the following: English IV; or Independent Study in English; or Literary Genres; or Creative Writing; or Research and Technical Writing; or Humanities; or Communication Applications; or AP English Literature and Composition; or IB Language Studies A1 Higher Level.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Texas Foundation High School Program with Business and Industry Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

26

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits. Three of the credits must consist of English I, II, and III. (Students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency, as defined by §74.4(d) of this title (relating to English Language Proficiency Standards), may satisfy the English I and English II graduation requirements by successfully completing English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages.) The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: English IV;  Independent Study in English; Literary Genres; Creative Writing; Research and Technical Writing; Humanities; Public Speaking III; Communication Applications, which must be combined with another half credit from the other courses listed in subparagraphs (A)-(G) and (I)-(T) of this paragraph;  Oral Interpretation III; Debate III; Independent Study in Speech; Independent Study in Journalism; Advanced Broadcast Journalism III; Advanced Journalism: Newspaper III; Advanced Journalism: Yearbook III;  Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition;  International Baccalaureate (IB) Language Studies A1 Higher Level; after the successful completion of English I, II, and III, a locally developed English language arts course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002(g-1); Business English; and a college preparatory English language arts course that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. Two of the credits must consist of Algebra I and Geometry. The additional credits may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses or a credit selected from the courses listed in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph: Mathematical Models with Applications;  Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Digital Electronics; Robotics Programming and Design; Financial Mathematics;  Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals; Accounting II; Manufacturing Engineering Technology II; and Robotics II. The additional  credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II; Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics;  Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning;  Statistics; an AP or IB mathematics course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; AP Computer Science A; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Business Decision Making; Mathematics for Medical Professionals; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; and  after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). A fourth credit in mathematics that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II;  Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning;  Statistics; Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics; AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC; AP Computer Science; International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level; (M)  IB Mathematics Standard Level;  IB Mathematics Higher Level;  IB Further Mathematics Higher Level; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Risk Management; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1); and Mathematical Models with Applications, if credit is earned prior to September 1, 2015, or September 1 of a subsequent year in which either of the courses listed in subparagraph (F) or (G) of this paragraph has been developed and approved by the State Board of Education, whichever is later. A student may complete a course listed in paragraph (2) of this subsection before or after completing a course listed in §74.12(b)(2)(A) of this title. The fourth mathematics credit may be a college preparatory mathematics course that is developed and offered pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four credits. One credit must consist of Biology or an AP or IB biology course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. One credit must be selected from the following laboratory-based courses: Integrated Physics and Chemistry; Chemistry; Physics; Principles of Technology; and an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following laboratory-based courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this clause; and a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). Credit may not be earned for both physics and Principles of Technology to satisfy science credit requirements. To earn an endorsement a student must demonstrate proficiency in the following: An additional credit in science that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1).

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. Two of the credits must consist of United States History Studies Since 1877 (one credit), United States Government (one-half credit), and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits (one-half credit). The additional credit may be selected from the following courses: World History Studies; and World Geography Studies.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit. The credit may be selected from the following courses subject to prerequisite requirements: Art, Level I, II, III, or IV; Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music Studies; Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Musical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Technical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Principles and Elements of Floral Design; Digital Art and Animation; and 3-D Modeling and Animation. In accordance with local district policy, credit may be earned through participation in a community-based fine arts program not provided by the school district in which the student is enrolled. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in fine arts. Approval may be granted if the fine arts program provides instruction in the essential knowledge and skills identified for a fine arts course as defined by Chapter 117, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to High School).

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits - Languages other than English (LOTE). The credits may be selected from the following: any two levels in the same language; or two credits in computer programming languages selected from Computer Science I, II, and III. If a student, in completing the first credit of Languages other than English (LOTE), demonstrates that the student is unlikely to be able to complete the second credit, the student may substitute another appropriate course as follows: Special Topics in Language and Culture; World History Studies or World Geography Studies for a student who is not required to complete both by the local district; another credit selected from Chapter 114 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English); or computer programming languages. A student, who due to a disability, is unable to complete two credits in the same language in a language other than English, may substitute a combination of two credits from English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies or two credits in career and technical education or technology applications for the LOTE credit requirements. 

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit of Physical Education. The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness; Adventure/Outdoor Education; Aerobic Activities; and Team or Individual Sports.

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

The credits must be selected from the list of courses specified in §74.11(g), (h), or (i) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements) or from a locally developed course or activity developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1), for which a student may receive credit and that does not satisfy a specific course requirement.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student may earn a business and industry endorsement by completing the requirements specified in subsection of this section and: a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster, including at least one advanced CTE course, which includes any course that is the third or higher course in a sequence. The courses may be selected from Chapter 130 of this title, Chapter 127 of this title, or CTE innovative courses approved by the commissioner. The final course in the sequence must be obtained from one of the CTE career clusters listed in the following: Chapter 130, Subchapter A, of this title (relating to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources); or (Chapter 130, Subchapter B, of this title (relating to Architecture and Construction); or Chapter 130, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications); or Chapter 130, Subchapter D, of this title (relating to Business Management and Administration); or Chapter 130, Subchapter F, of this title (relating to Finance); or Chapter 130, Subchapter I, of this title (relating to Hospitality and Tourism); or Chapter 130, Subchapter K, of this title (relating to Information Technology); or Chapter 130, Subchapter M, of this title (relating to Manufacturing); or Chapter 130, Subchapter N, of this title (relating to Marketing); or Chapter 130, Subchapter P, of this title (relating to Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics); or (B) four English elective credits by selecting courses from Chapter 110 of this title to include three levels in one of the following areas: public speaking; or debate; or advanced broadcast journalism; or advanced journalism: newspaper; or advanced journalism: yearbook; or four technology applications credits by selecting from the following: Digital Design and Media Production; or (Digital Art and Animation; or 3-D Modeling and Animation; or Digital Communications in the 21st Century; or Digital Video and Audio Design; or Web Communications; or Web Design; or Web Game Development; or Independent Study in Evolving/Emerging Technologies; or a coherent sequence of four credits from subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of this paragraph.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Texas Foundation High School Program with Multidisciplinary Studies Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

26

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits. Three of the credits must consist of English I, II, and III. (Students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency, as defined by §74.4(d) of this title (relating to English Language Proficiency Standards), may satisfy the English I and English II graduation requirements by successfully completing English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages.) The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: English IV;  Independent Study in English; Literary Genres; Creative Writing; Research and Technical Writing; Humanities; Public Speaking III; Communication Applications, which must be combined with another half credit from the other courses listed in subparagraphs (A)-(G) and (I)-(T) of this paragraph;  Oral Interpretation III; Debate III; Independent Study in Speech; Independent Study in Journalism; Advanced Broadcast Journalism III; Advanced Journalism: Newspaper III; Advanced Journalism: Yearbook III;  Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition;  International Baccalaureate (IB) Language Studies A1 Higher Level; after the successful completion of English I, II, and III, a locally developed English language arts course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002(g-1); Business English; and a college preparatory English language arts course that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. Two of the credits must consist of Algebra I and Geometry. The additional credits may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses or a credit selected from the courses listed in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph: Mathematical Models with Applications;  Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Digital Electronics; Robotics Programming and Design; Financial Mathematics;  Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals; Accounting II; Manufacturing Engineering Technology II; and Robotics II. The additional  credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II; Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics;  Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning;  Statistics; an AP or IB mathematics course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; AP Computer Science A; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Business Decision Making; Mathematics for Medical Professionals; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; and  after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). A fourth credit in mathematics that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II;  Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning;  Statistics; Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics; AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC; AP Computer Science; International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level; (M)  IB Mathematics Standard Level;  IB Mathematics Higher Level;  IB Further Mathematics Higher Level; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Risk Management; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1); and Mathematical Models with Applications, if credit is earned prior to September 1, 2015, or September 1 of a subsequent year in which either of the courses listed in subparagraph (F) or (G) of this paragraph has been developed and approved by the State Board of Education, whichever is later. A student may complete a course listed in paragraph (2) of this subsection before or after completing a course listed in §74.12(b)(2)(A) of this title. The fourth mathematics credit may be a college preparatory mathematics course that is developed and offered pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four credits. One credit must consist of Biology or an AP or IB biology course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. One credit must be selected from the following laboratory-based courses: Integrated Physics and Chemistry; Chemistry; Physics; Principles of Technology; and an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following laboratory-based courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this clause; and a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). Credit may not be earned for both physics and Principles of Technology to satisfy science credit requirements. To earn an endorsement a student must demonstrate proficiency in the following: An additional credit in science that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1).

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. Two of the credits must consist of United States History Studies Since 1877 (one credit), United States Government (one-half credit), and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits (one-half credit). The additional credit may be selected from the following courses: World History Studies; and World Geography Studies.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit. The credit may be selected from the following courses subject to prerequisite requirements: Art, Level I, II, III, or IV; Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music Studies; Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Musical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Technical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Principles and Elements of Floral Design; Digital Art and Animation; and 3-D Modeling and Animation. In accordance with local district policy, credit may be earned through participation in a community-based fine arts program not provided by the school district in which the student is enrolled. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in fine arts. Approval may be granted if the fine arts program provides instruction in the essential knowledge and skills identified for a fine arts course as defined by Chapter 117, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to High School).

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits - Languages other than English (LOTE). The credits may be selected from the following: any two levels in the same language; or two credits in computer programming languages selected from Computer Science I, II, and III. If a student, in completing the first credit of Languages other than English (LOTE), demonstrates that the student is unlikely to be able to complete the second credit, the student may substitute another appropriate course as follows: Special Topics in Language and Culture; World History Studies or World Geography Studies for a student who is not required to complete both by the local district; another credit selected from Chapter 114 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English); or computer programming languages. A student, who due to a disability, is unable to complete two credits in the same language in a language other than English, may substitute a combination of two credits from English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies or two credits in career and technical education or technology applications for the LOTE credit requirements. 

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit of Physical Education. The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness; Adventure/Outdoor Education; Aerobic Activities; and Team or Individual Sports.

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

The credits must be selected from the list of courses specified in §74.11(g), (h), or (i) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements) or from a locally developed course or activity developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1), for which a student may receive credit and that does not satisfy a specific course requirement.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student may earn a multidisciplinary studies endorsement by completing the requirements specified in subsection (e) of this section and: four advanced courses that prepare a student to enter the workforce successfully or postsecondary education without remediation from within one endorsement area or among endorsement areas that are not in a coherent sequence; or four credits in each of the four foundation subject areas to include English IV and chemistry and/or physics; or four credits in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual credit selected from English, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, languages other than English, or fine arts.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Texas Foundation High School Program with Public Services Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

26

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits. Three of the credits must consist of English I, II, and III. (Students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency, as defined by §74.4(d) of this title (relating to English Language Proficiency Standards), may satisfy the English I and English II graduation requirements by successfully completing English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages.) The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: English IV;  Independent Study in English; Literary Genres; Creative Writing; Research and Technical Writing; Humanities; Public Speaking III; Communication Applications, which must be combined with another half credit from the other courses listed in subparagraphs (A)-(G) and (I)-(T) of this paragraph;  Oral Interpretation III; Debate III; Independent Study in Speech; Independent Study in Journalism; Advanced Broadcast Journalism III; Advanced Journalism: Newspaper III; Advanced Journalism: Yearbook III;  Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition;  International Baccalaureate (IB) Language Studies A1 Higher Level; after the successful completion of English I, II, and III, a locally developed English language arts course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002(g-1); Business English; and a college preparatory English language arts course that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. Two of the credits must consist of Algebra I and Geometry. The additional credits may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses or a credit selected from the courses listed in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph: Mathematical Models with Applications;  Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Digital Electronics; Robotics Programming and Design; Financial Mathematics;  Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals; Accounting II; Manufacturing Engineering Technology II; and Robotics II. The additional  credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II; Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics;  Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning;  Statistics; an AP or IB mathematics course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; AP Computer Science A; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Business Decision Making; Mathematics for Medical Professionals; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; and  after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). A fourth credit in mathematics that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II;  Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning;  Statistics; Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics; AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC; AP Computer Science; International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level; (M)  IB Mathematics Standard Level;  IB Mathematics Higher Level;  IB Further Mathematics Higher Level; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Risk Management; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1); and Mathematical Models with Applications, if credit is earned prior to September 1, 2015, or September 1 of a subsequent year in which either of the courses listed in subparagraph (F) or (G) of this paragraph has been developed and approved by the State Board of Education, whichever is later. A student may complete a course listed in paragraph (2) of this subsection before or after completing a course listed in §74.12(b)(2)(A) of this title. The fourth mathematics credit may be a college preparatory mathematics course that is developed and offered pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four credits. One credit must consist of Biology or an AP or IB biology course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. One credit must be selected from the following laboratory-based courses: Integrated Physics and Chemistry; Chemistry; Physics; Principles of Technology; and an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following laboratory-based courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this clause; and a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). Credit may not be earned for both physics and Principles of Technology to satisfy science credit requirements. To earn an endorsement a student must demonstrate proficiency in the following: An additional credit in science that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1).

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. Two of the credits must consist of United States History Studies Since 1877 (one credit), United States Government (one-half credit), and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits (one-half credit). The additional credit may be selected from the following courses: World History Studies; and World Geography Studies.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit. The credit may be selected from the following courses subject to prerequisite requirements: Art, Level I, II, III, or IV; Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music Studies; Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Musical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Technical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Principles and Elements of Floral Design; Digital Art and Animation; and 3-D Modeling and Animation. In accordance with local district policy, credit may be earned through participation in a community-based fine arts program not provided by the school district in which the student is enrolled. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in fine arts. Approval may be granted if the fine arts program provides instruction in the essential knowledge and skills identified for a fine arts course as defined by Chapter 117, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to High School).

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits - Languages other than English (LOTE). The credits may be selected from the following: any two levels in the same language; or two credits in computer programming languages selected from Computer Science I, II, and III. If a student, in completing the first credit of Languages other than English (LOTE), demonstrates that the student is unlikely to be able to complete the second credit, the student may substitute another appropriate course as follows: Special Topics in Language and Culture; World History Studies or World Geography Studies for a student who is not required to complete both by the local district; another credit selected from Chapter 114 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English); or computer programming languages. A student, who due to a disability, is unable to complete two credits in the same language in a language other than English, may substitute a combination of two credits from English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies or two credits in career and technical education or technology applications for the LOTE credit requirements. 

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit of Physical Education. The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness; Adventure/Outdoor Education; Aerobic Activities; and Team or Individual Sports.

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

The credits must be selected from the list of courses specified in §74.11(g), (h), or (i) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements) or from a locally developed course or activity developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1), for which a student may receive credit and that does not satisfy a specific course requirement.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student may earn a public services endorsement by completing the requirements specified in subsection (e) of this section and: a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster, including at least one advanced CTE course, which includes any course that is the third or higher course in a sequence. The courses may be selected from Chapter 130 of this title, Chapter 127 of this title, or CTE innovative courses approved by the commissioner. The final course in the sequence must be obtained from one of the CTE career clusters listed in the following: Chapter 130, Subchapter E, of this title (relating to Education and Training); or Chapter 130, Subchapter G, of this title (relating to Government and Public Administration); or Chapter 130, Subchapter H, of this title (relating to Health Science); or Chapter 130, Subchapter J, of this title (relating to Human Services); or Chapter 130, Subchapter L, of this title (relating to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security); or four courses in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).

Assessment Stakes for Students

Texas Foundation High School Program with STEM Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

26

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits. Three of the credits must consist of English I, II, and III. (Students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency, as defined by §74.4(d) of this title (relating to English Language Proficiency Standards), may satisfy the English I and English II graduation requirements by successfully completing English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages.) The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: English IV;  Independent Study in English; Literary Genres; Creative Writing; Research and Technical Writing; Humanities; Public Speaking III; Communication Applications, which must be combined with another half credit from the other courses listed in subparagraphs (A)-(G) and (I)-(T) of this paragraph;  Oral Interpretation III; Debate III; Independent Study in Speech; Independent Study in Journalism; Advanced Broadcast Journalism III; Advanced Journalism: Newspaper III; Advanced Journalism: Yearbook III;  Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition;  International Baccalaureate (IB) Language Studies A1 Higher Level; after the successful completion of English I, II, and III, a locally developed English language arts course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002(g-1); Business English; and a college preparatory English language arts course that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. Two of the credits must consist of Algebra I and Geometry, and a student must complete Algebra II to earn the STEM endorsement. The additional credits may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses or a credit selected from the courses listed in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph: Mathematical Models with Applications;  Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Digital Electronics; Robotics Programming and Design; Financial Mathematics;  Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals; Accounting II; Manufacturing Engineering Technology II; and Robotics II. The additional  credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II; Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning; Statistics; an AP or IB mathematics course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; AP Computer Science A; Engineering Mathematics; (xi) Statistics and Business Decision Making; Mathematics for Medical Professionals; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; and after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). A fourth credit in mathematics that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Algebra II; Precalculus; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning; Independent Study in Mathematics; Discrete Mathematics for Problem Solving; Algebraic Reasoning; Statistics; Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics; AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC; AP Computer Science; International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level; (M) IB Mathematics Standard Level; IB Mathematics Higher Level; IB Further Mathematics Higher Level; Engineering Mathematics; Statistics and Risk Management; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of Algebra II, a mathematics course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; after the successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry, a locally developed mathematics course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1); and Mathematical Models with Applications, if credit is earned prior to September 1, 2015, or September 1 of a subsequent year in which either of the courses listed in subparagraph (F) or (G) of this paragraph has been developed and approved by the State Board of Education, whichever is later. A student may complete a course listed in paragraph (2) of this subsection before or after completing a course listed in §74.12(b)(2)(A) of this title. The fourth mathematics credit may be a college preparatory mathematics course that is developed and offered pursuant to the TEC, §28.014.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four credits. One credit must consist of Biology or an AP or IB biology course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title, as well as chemistry and physics or Principles of Technology to earn a STEM endorsement. One credit must be selected from the following laboratory-based courses: Integrated Physics and Chemistry; Chemistry; Physics; Principles of Technology; and an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title. The additional credit may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following laboratory-based courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science; pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this clause; and  a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1). Credit may not be earned for both physics and Principles of Technology to satisfy science credit requirements. To earn an endorsement a student must demonstrate proficiency in the following: An additional credit in science that may be selected from one full credit or a combination of two half credits from two different courses, subject to prerequisite requirements, from the following courses: Chemistry; Physics; Aquatic Science; Astronomy; Earth and Space Science; Environmental Systems; an AP or IB science course in accordance with §74.11(h) of this title; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant and Soil Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Food Science; Forensic Science; Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II; Principles of Technology; Scientific Research and Design; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; Engineering Science;  pursuant to the TEC, §28.025(b-5), after the successful completion of physics, a science course endorsed by an institution of higher education as a course for which the institution would award course credit or as a prerequisite for a course for which the institution would award course credit. The TEA shall maintain a current list of courses offered under this subparagraph; a locally developed science course or other activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1).

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits. Two of the credits must consist of United States History Studies Since 1877 (one credit), United States Government (one-half credit), and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits (one-half credit). The additional credit may be selected from the following courses: World History Studies; and World Geography Studies.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit. The credit may be selected from the following courses subject to prerequisite requirements: Art, Level I, II, III, or IV; Dance, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music, Level I, II, III, or IV; Music Studies; Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Musical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Technical Theatre, Level I, II, III, or IV; Principles and Elements of Floral Design; Digital Art and Animation; and 3-D Modeling and Animation. In accordance with local district policy, credit may be earned through participation in a community-based fine arts program not provided by the school district in which the student is enrolled. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in fine arts. Approval may be granted if the fine arts program provides instruction in the essential knowledge and skills identified for a fine arts course as defined by Chapter 117, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to High School).

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two credits - Languages other than English (LOTE). The credits may be selected from the following: any two levels in the same language; or two credits in computer programming languages selected from Computer Science I, II, and III. If a student, in completing the first credit of Languages other than English (LOTE), demonstrates that the student is unlikely to be able to complete the second credit, the student may substitute another appropriate course as follows: Special Topics in Language and Culture; World History Studies or World Geography Studies for a student who is not required to complete both by the local district; another credit selected from Chapter 114 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English); or computer programming languages. A student, who due to a disability, is unable to complete two credits in the same language in a language other than English, may substitute a combination of two credits from English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies or two credits in career and technical education or technology applications for the LOTE credit requirements. 

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit of Physical Education. The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness; Adventure/Outdoor Education; Aerobic Activities; and Team or Individual Sports.

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

The credits must be selected from the list of courses specified in §74.11(g), (h), or (i) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements) or from a locally developed course or activity developed pursuant to the TEC, §28.002(g-1), for which a student may receive credit and that does not satisfy a specific course requirement.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student may earn a STEM endorsement by completing the requirements specified in subsection (e) of this section, including Algebra II, chemistry, and physics or Principles of Technology and: a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in career and technical education (CTE) that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster and at least one advanced CTE course. The courses may be selected from Chapter 130 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education), Chapter 127 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career Development), or CTE innovative courses approved by the commissioner of education. The final course in the sequence must be selected from Chapter 130, Subchapter O, of this title (relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or Career Preparation I or II and Problems and Solutions in Chapter 127, Subchapter B, of this title if the course addresses a STEM-related field; or a coherent sequence of four credits in computer science selected from the following: Fundamentals of Computer Science; or Computer Science I; or Computer Science II; or Computer Science III; or Digital Forensics; or Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science; or Game Programming and Design; or Mobile Application Development; or Robotics Programming and Design; or Independent Studies in Technology Applications; or AP Computer Science A; or AP Computer Science Principles; or IB Computer Science, Standard Level; or IB Computer Science, Higher Level; or three credits in mathematics by successfully completing Algebra II and two additional mathematics courses for which Algebra II is a prerequisite by selecting courses from subsection (e)(2) of this section; or four credits in science by successfully completing chemistry, physics, and two additional science courses by selecting courses from subsection (e)(5) of this section; or in addition to Algebra II, chemistry, and physics, a coherent sequence of three additional credits from no more than two of the categories or disciplines represented by subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (D) of this paragraph.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Oregon Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three credits, including content at Algebra I and above. Applied and integrated courses aligned to standards can meet credit requirements.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits, including scientific inquiry and lab experiences. Lab experiences can take place outside of the school in field-based experiences.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Unspecified

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

3

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Unspecified

Health/Physical Education Units

2

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit physical education and one credit health

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Oregon Modified High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

3

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

2

Math Requirements

Unspecified

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

unspecified

Social Studies Units

2

Social Studies Requirements

Two credits, which may include history, civics, geography and economics (including personal finance)

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One credit in Career Technical Education, the arts, or second languages (units may be earned in any one or a combination).

Health/Physical Education Units

2

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit physical education and one credit health

Elective Units

12

Elective Requirements

School districts and public charter schools shall be flexible in awarding the remaining twelve units of credit. These credits must be awarded to meet the needs of the individual student as specified in the education plan of the student with the expectations and standards aligned to the appropriate grade level academic content standards. These credits may include: Additional core credits described in paragraph (a) of this section; professional technical education; electives; and career development. 

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

West Virginia High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits, including English 9; English 10; English 11; English 12 or English 12 CR or Transition English Language Arts for Seniors. An AP English course may be substituted for any of the above courses.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits, including Math I; Math II; Math III STEM or Math III LA or Math III TR; Math IV or Math IV TR or Transition Mathematics for Seniors or any other fourth course option (Chart V). An AP Mathematics course may be substituted for an equivalent course or any fourth course option.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits, including Physical Science (Grade 9); Biology or Conceptual Biology or AP Biology (Grade 10); One additional lab science course or AP science course (Chart V).

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four credits, including World Studies (Grade 9) or an AP Social Studies course; United States Studies (Grade 10) or an AP Social Studies course; Contemporary Studies or an AP Social Studies course; Civics for the Next Generation or AP Government and Politics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

Unspecified

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

4

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Each student’s Personalized Education Plan will identify course work for the four credits that will lead directly to placement in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses, an industry-recognized certificate or license, or workforce training programs. Best practices encourage students to take at least one AP and/or AC course with corresponding examination, a fourth Science credit, and two credits in one World Language, and/or four credits cumulating in acquisition of industry and recognized Career and Technical Education (CTE) credential focused on career aspirations. The four credits taken in a career and technical concentration must be consistent with those identified for WVDE approved career and technical programs of study. (Refer to W. Va. 126CSR44M, Policy 2520.13: Common Core Content Standards for Career and Technical Education in West Virginia Schools.)  Each career and technical concentration in a school shall provide students the opportunity to obtain an industry recognized credential as part of the instructional program when applicable. School systems wishing to offer a concentration outside of the state approved CTE concentrations, must have four related courses approved by the local board of educations. Undergraduate admission to West Virginia four-year colleges and universities include the completion of two units of the same world language.

Health/Physical Education Units

2

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One credit physical education: Physical Education 9-12 (WV Education Information System [hereinafter WVEIS course 6609]).  At least 50 percent of class time for physical education should be spent in moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity. One credit of Heath 9-12 (WVEIS course 6909).

Elective Units

2

Elective Requirements

When choosing electives, students should consult with their chosen postsecondary educational program to make sure the electives are acceptable.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Carolina Academic Scholars Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four sequential English credits which shall be: Starting with English I; English II; English III; English IV

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. The student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Math I, II, III; Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II; or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course that meets University of North Carolina system Minimum Course Requirements that include a mathematics course with either Math III, Algebra II, or Integrated Mathematics III as a prerequisite

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

The student shall complete three units of science including an Earth/Environmental science course, Biology, and at least one physical science course that must include either physics or chemistry.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four social studies credits which shall be: American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics (this course must follow the NCSCOS in its entirety and may not be satisfied by an AP/IB, dual enrollment or any other course that does not fully address the NCSCOS.); American History I; American History II; World History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two elective credits of any combination from either: Career and Technical Education (CTE), Arts Education, or World Language (Note: For clarification, possible elective combinations may include two World Language credits; one CTE credit and one Arts Education credit; or two CTE credits; or one Arts Education credit and one World Language credit; or other combinations from a., b. and c.). 

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One Health and Physical Education credit. Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation. Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.

Elective Units

4

Elective Requirements

Four elective credits from the following (four-course concentration recommended): Career and Technical Education (CTE), ROTC, Arts Education (e.g., dance, music, theater arts, visual arts), or any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English and dual enrollment courses.)

Other Units

Other Requirements

The student shall have completed at least three higher-level courses during junior and/or senior years which carry quality points such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Dual Enrollment courses; Advanced CTE and CTE credentialing courses; honors level courses, or Project Lead the Way courses. The student shall earn an unweighted grade point average of at least 3.50.

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Carolina Future-Ready Core Course of Study

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four sequential English credits which shall be: Starting with English I; English II; English III; English IV

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four math credits which shall be either: NC Math 1, 2, and 3 and a fourth mathematics course to be aligned with the student’s post high school plans, OR in the rare instance a principal exempts a student from the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence, except as limited by N.C.G.S. §115C-81(b), the student will be required to pass: NC Math 1 and Math 2 plus two additional courses identified on the NC DPI Math options chart.  Note: Credit shall be awarded for Math I, II, III if taken prior to the 2016-17 school year.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three Science credits which shall be: a physical science course, Biology, and an earth/environmental science course.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four social studies credits which shall be: American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics (This course must follow the NCSCOS in its entirety and may not be satisfied by an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge International Examination courses, dual enrollment or any other course that does not fully address the NCSCOS.), American History I, American History II, and World History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two elective credits of any combination from either: Career and Technical Education (CTE), Arts Education, or World Language (Note: For clarification, possible elective combinations may include two World Language credits; one CTE credit and one Arts Education credit; or two CTE credits; or one Arts Education credit and one World Language credit; or other combinations from a., b. and c.).

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One Health and Physical Education credit. Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation. Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.

Elective Units

4

Elective Requirements

Four elective credits from the following (four-course concentration recommended): Career and Technical Education (CTE), ROTC, Arts Education (e.g., dance, music, theater arts, visual arts), or any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English and dual enrollment courses.)

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Carolina Future-Ready Core Course of Study with Career Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four sequential English credits which shall be: Starting with English I; English II; English III; English IV

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. Except as limited by N.C.G.S. §115C-81(b), the student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Math I, II, III or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans.  Acceptable fourth math courses for the Career Endorsement include any math course that may be used to meet NC high school graduation requirements, including applied math courses found in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) domain.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three science credits which shall be: a physical science course, Biology, and an earth/environmental science course.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four social studies credits which shall be: American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics (This course must follow the NCSCOS in its entirety and may not be satisfied by an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge International Examination courses, dual enrollment or any other course that does not fully address the NCSCOS.), American History I, American History II, and World History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two elective credits of any combination from either: Career and Technical Education (CTE), Arts Education, or World Language (Note: For clarification, possible elective combinations may include two World Language credits; one CTE credit and one Arts Education credit; or two CTE credits; or one Arts Education credit and one World Language credit; or other combinations from a., b. and c.).

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One Health and Physical Education credit. Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation. Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.

Elective Units

4

Elective Requirements

Four elective credits from the following (four-course concentration recommended): Career and Technical Education (CTE), ROTC, Arts Education (e.g., dance, music, theater arts, visual arts), or any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English and dual enrollment courses.)

Other Units

Other Requirements

The student shall complete a CTE concentration in one of the approved CTE Cluster areas (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/cte/curriculum/), The student shall earn an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.6. The student shall earn at least one industry-recognized credential. Earned credentials can include Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) at the Silver level or above from WorkKeys assessments OR another appropriate industry credential/certification.

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Carolina Future-Ready Core Course of Study with College Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four sequential English credits which shall be: Starting with English I; English II; English III; English IV

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. The student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Math I, II, III or Integrated Math I, II, III; and a fourth mathematics course aligned with the students post-secondary plans.  The fourth math course must meet University of North Carolina system Minimum Admission Requirements or be acceptable for earning placement in a credit-bearing college math class under the North Carolina Community College System’s Multiple Measures Placement policy.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three science credits which shall be: a physical science course, Biology, and an earth/environmental science course.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four social studies credits which shall be: American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics (This course must follow the NCSCOS in its entirety and may not be satisfied by an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge International Examination courses, dual enrollment or any other course that does not fully address the NCSCOS.), American History I, American History II, and World History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two elective credits of any combination from either: Career and Technical Education (CTE), Arts Education, or World Language (Note: For clarification, possible elective combinations may include two World Language credits; one CTE credit and one Arts Education credit; or two CTE credits; or one Arts Education credit and one World Language credit; or other combinations from a., b. and c.).

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One Health and Physical Education credit. Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation. Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.

Elective Units

4

Elective Requirements

Four elective credits from the following (four-course concentration recommended): Career and Technical Education (CTE), ROTC, Arts Education (e.g., dance, music, theater arts, visual arts), or any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English and dual enrollment courses.)

Other Units

Other Requirements

The student shall earn an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.6.

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Carolina Future-Ready Core Course of Study with College/UNC Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four sequential English credits which shall be: Starting with English I; English II; English III; English IV

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four credits. The student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence ofAlgebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Math I, II, III or Integrated Math I, II, IIIand a fourth mathematics course that meets University of North Carolinasystem Minimum Admission Requirements that include a mathematics coursewith either Algebra II, Math III or Integrated Mathematics III as a prerequisite

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

The student shall complete three units of science including at least onephysical science with a lab, one life science and one additional science course;(Note: NC’s physical science course counts towards this requirement).

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four social studies credits which shall be: American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics (This course must follow the NCSCOS in its entirety and may not be satisfied by an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge International Examination courses, dual enrollment or any other course that does not fully address the NCSCOS.), American History I, American History II, and World History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two elective credits of any combination from either: Career and Technical Education (CTE), Arts Education, or World Language (Note: For clarification, possible elective combinations may include two World Language credits; one CTE credit and one Arts Education credit; or two CTE credits; or one Arts Education credit and one World Language credit; or other combinations from a., b. and c.).

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One Health and Physical Education credit. Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation. Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.

Elective Units

4

Elective Requirements

Four elective credits from the following (four-course concentration recommended): Career and Technical Education (CTE), ROTC, Arts Education (e.g., dance, music, theater arts, visual arts), or any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English and dual enrollment courses.)

Other Units

Other Requirements

The student shall complete two units of a world language (other than English). Students shall earn a weighted grade point average of at least 2.5.

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Carolina Future-Ready Core Course of Study with Global Languages Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four sequential English credits which shall be: Starting with English I; English II; English III; English IV. The student shall earn a combined unweighted 2.5 GPA or above for the four English Language Arts courses required for graduation.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four math credits which shall be either: NC Math 1, 2, and 3 and a fourth mathematics course to be aligned with the student’s post high school plans, OR In the rare instance a principal exempts a student from the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence, except as limited by N.C.G.S. §115C-81(b), the student will be required to pass: NC Math 1 and Math 2 plus two additional courses identified on the NC DPI Math options chart.  Note:  Credit shall be awarded for Math I, II, III if taken prior to the 2016-17 school year.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three science credits which shall be: a physical science course, Biology, and an earth/environmental science course.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four social studies credits which shall be: American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics (This course must follow the NCSCOS in its entirety and may not be satisfied by an Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge International Examination courses, dual enrollment or any other course that does not fully address the NCSCOS.), American History I, American History II, and World History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Two elective credits of any combination from either: Career and Technical Education (CTE), Arts Education, or World Language (Note: For clarification, possible elective combinations may include two World Language credits; one CTE credit and one Arts Education credit; or two CTE credits; or one Arts Education credit and one World Language credit; or other combinations from a., b. and c.).

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One Health and Physical Education credit. Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation. Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.

Elective Units

4

Elective Requirements

Four elective credits from the following (four-course concentration recommended): Career and Technical Education (CTE), ROTC, Arts Education (e.g., dance, music, theater arts, visual arts), or any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English and dual enrollment courses.)

Other Units

Other Requirements

The student shall establish proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English, using one of the options outlined below and in accordance with the guidelines developed by the North Carolina Department of Publicn Instruction: i) Pass an external exam approved by the North Carolina Department ofPublic Instruction establishing “Intermediate Low” proficiency or higher per the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale. ii) Complete a four-course sequence of study in the same world language, earning an overall unweighted GPA of 2.5 or above in those courses. iii) Establish “Intermediate Low” proficiency or higher per the ACTFL proficiency scale using the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery policy described in GCS-M-001. Limited English Proficiency students shall complete all requirements and reach “Developing” proficiency per the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) proficiency scale in all four domains on the most recent state identified English language proficiency test.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Idaho High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

23

English Units

4.5

English Requirements

Eight credits (four units) of instruction in Language Arts. Each year of Language Arts shall consist of language study, composition, and literature and be aligned to the Idaho Content Standards for the appropriate grade level. One credit (half unit) of instruction in communications consisting of oral communication and technological applications that includes a course in speech, a course in debate, or a sequence of instructional activities that meet the Idaho Speech Content Standards requirements.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Six credits (three units) are required. Secondary mathematics includes Applied Mathematics, Business Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Fundamentals of Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, and courses in mathematical problem solving and reasoning. AP Computer Science, Dual Credit Computer Science, and Dual Credit Engineering courses may also be counted as a mathematics credit if the student has completed Algebra II standards. Students who choose to take AP Computer Science, Dual Credit Computer Science, and Dual Credit Engineering may not concurrently count such courses as both a math and science credit. Students must complete secondary mathematics in the following areas: 1) Two credits (one unit) of Algebra I or courses that meet the Idaho Algebra I Content Standards as approved by the State Department of Education; 2) Two credits (one unit) of Geometry or courses that meet the Idaho Geometry Content Standards as approved by the State Department of Education; and 3) Two credits (one unit) of mathematics of the student’s choice. Two of the required six credits (one of three units) of mathematics must be taken in the last year of high school in which the student intends to graduate. For the purposes of this subsection, the last year of high school shall include the summer preceding the fall start of classes.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Six credits (three units) are required, four credits (two units) of which will be laboratory-based. Secondary sciences include instruction in applied sciences, earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and life sciences. Up to two credits (one unit) in AP Computer Science, Dual Credit Computer Science, and Dual Credit Engineering may be used as science credits. Students who choose to take AP Computer Science, Dual Credit Computer Science, and Dual Credit Engineering may not concurrently count such courses as both a math and science credit. Secondary sciences include instruction in the following areas: biology, physical science or chemistry, and earth, space, environment, or approved applied science. Four credits (two units) must be laboratory-based.

Social Studies Units

2.5

Social Studies Requirements

Five credits (2.5 units) are required, including government (two credits/one unit), United States history (two credits/one unit), and economics (one  credit/one half unit).  Courses such as geography, sociology, psychology, and world history may be offered as electives, but are not to be counted as a social studies requirement.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

Two credits (one unit) are required. Humanities courses include instruction in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or world language aligned to the Idaho content standards for those subjects. Other courses such as literature, history, philosophy, architecture, or comparative world religions may satisfy the humanities standards if the course is aligned to the Idaho Interdisciplinary Humanities Content Standards.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

0.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One Health credit (one half unit) is required. Course must be aligned to the Idaho Health Content Standards. Effective for all public school students who enter grade nine in Fall 2015 or later, each student shall receive a minimum of one class period on psychomotor cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as outlined in the American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for CPR to include the proper utilization of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) as part of the Health/Wellness course. One credit in Physical Education. Students participating in one season in any sport recognized by the Idaho High School Activities Association or club sport recognized by the local school district, or eighteen weeks of a sport recognized by the local school district may choose to substitute participation up to one credit of physical education. Students must show mastery of the content standards for Physical Education in a format provided by the school district.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student must complete a senior project by the end of grade twelve. The project must include a written report and an oral presentation. Additional requirements for a senior project are at the discretion of the local school district or LEA. A student must take one of the following college entrance examinations before the end of the student’s eleventh grade year: SAT or ACT. Students who participated in the Compass assessment prior to its final administration may also use the Compass to meet this requirement. Students receiving special education services through a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may utilize the ACCUPLACER placement exam in lieu of the SAT or ACT.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Alaska High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

21

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of credit

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two units of credit

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units of credit, which must include one-half unit of credit in Alaska history or demonstration that the student meets the Alaska history performance standards. The provisions of this subsection do not apply to a student who (1) transfers into an Alaska public school after the student's second year of high school; or (2) has already successfully completed a high school state history course from another state. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of credit

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Georgia High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

23

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of credit in English language arts shall be required of all students. A full unit of credit in American Literature/Composition and a full unit of credit in Ninth-Grade Literature and Composition shall be required. The Writing, Conventions, and Listening, Speaking, and Viewing strands of the Georgia Performance Standards shall be taught in sequence in grades 9-12. Literature modules may be taught in any sequence in grades 10-12. 

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units of core credit in mathematics shall be required of all students, including Mathematics I or GPS Algebra, or its equivalent and Mathematics II or GPS Geometry, or its equivalent and Mathematics III or GPS Advanced Algebra or its equivalent. Additional core courses needed to complete four credits in mathematics must be chosen from the list of GPS/CCGPS/AP/IB/dual enrollment designated courses.

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four units of credit in science shall be required of all students, including one full unit of Biology; one unit of either Physical Science or Physics; one unit of either Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science or an AP/IB course; and one additional science unit. The fourth science unit may be used to meet both the science and elective requirements. Any AP/IB science course may be substituted for the appropriate courses listed above. 

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units of credit shall be required in social studies. One unit of credit shall be required in United States History. One unit of credit shall be required in World History. One-half unit of American Government/Civics shall be required. One-half unit of Economics shall be required. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

3

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

A total of three units of credit shall be required from the following areas: Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) and/or Modern Language/Latin and/or Fine Arts. Students are encouraged to select courses in a focused area of interest. I. CTAE Pathways: Students may earn three units of credit in a coherent sequence of CTAE courses through a self-selected pathway leading to college readiness and a career readiness certificate endorsed by related industries. Modern Language/Latin: All students are encouraged to earn two units of credit in the same modern language/Latin. Students planning to enter or transfer into a University System of Georgia institution or other post-secondary institution must take two units of the same modern language/Latin. Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) institutions (Technical College System of Georgia) do not require modern language/Latin for admissions. Students whose native language is not English may be considered to have met the foreign language expectation by exercising the credit in lieu of enrollment option if they are proficient in their native language. A formal examination is not necessary if other evidence of proficiency is available. American Sign Language may be taken to fulfill the modern language requirements. Fine Arts: Electives may be selected from courses in fine arts. 

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of credit in health and physical education is required. Students shall combine one-half or one-third units of credit of Health (17.011), Health and Personal Fitness (36.051), or Advanced Personal Fitness (36.061) to satisfy this requirement. Three units of credit in JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) may be used to satisfy this requirement under the following conditions: 1) JROTC courses must include Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Rule requirements in rule 160-4-2-.12 and 2) the local Board of Education must approve the use of ROTC courses to satisfy the one required unit in health and physical education.

Elective Units

4

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Montana High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

20

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

2

Math Requirements

Unspecified

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Unspecified

Social Studies Units

2

Social Studies Requirements

Unspecified

CTE Units

1

CTE Requirements

Unspecified

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

Unspecified

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of health enhancement, with one-half unit each year for two years.

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

South Carolina Academic Honors Award

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of English I or above

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units of Algebra I or above

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of laboratory science

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units, including United States/South Carolina studies, economics/government and one unit of global studies/world history, global studies/world geography, or western civilization

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two units of foreign language

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of physical education

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

Four units in additional electives, and two units in one or more of the following: English, science, social studies, or mathematics

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One unit in computer science. In addition to assessment requirements, students must receive a minimum grade of "B" for each semester course in grades 9-12 through the seventh semester.

Assessment Stakes for Students

South Carolina High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Unspecified

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Unspecified

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units, including one unit in U.S. History and Constitution; one-half unit in economics; one-half unit in U.S. Government; one unit in other social studies

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One unit or foreign language or Career and Technology Education

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of Physical Education or Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One unit in computer science.

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Dakota Academic Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of English language arts from a sequence that includes literature, composition, and speech

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

One unit of mathematics for which algebra II, as defined by the superintendent of public instruction, is a prerequisite; and one unit of any other mathematics, which may include computer science;

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Completed three units of science, consisting of: One unit of biology; One unit of chemistry; and One unit of physics; OR One unit of biology; One unit of physical science; and One unit or two one-half units of any other science;

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Completed three units of social studies, including: One unit of United States history; One-half unit of United States government and one-half unit of economics; OR One unit of problems of democracy; and One unit or two one-half units of any other social studies, which may include civics, civilization, geography and history, multicultural studies, North Dakota studies, psychology, sociology, and world history;

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two units of the same foreign language; the same Native American language; American Sign Language; or two units of career and technical education from a coordinated plan of study recommended by the Department of Career and Technical Education and approved by the superintendent of public instruction.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One unit selected from foreign languages; Native American languages; American Sign Language; fine arts; or career and technical education

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of physical education or one-half unit of physical education and one-half unit of health

Elective Units

5

Elective Requirements

Any five additional units

Other Units

Other Requirements

Fulfill any one unit requirement set forth above by means of an advanced placement course and examination or fulfill, one-half unit requirement above by means of a dual credit course, or one unit of an early entrance college course. Obtain a grade of at least “C” in each unit or one-half unit in all courses enrolled and obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale (non-weighted grading scale) for all courses enrolled; or obtain a grade of “C” in each unit or one-half unit and obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale (non-weighted grading scale) based ONLY on the twenty-two units defined in sections 3 and 4. Receive a composite score of at least 24 on an ACT.

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Dakota Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of English language arts from a sequence that includes literature, composition, and speech

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of mathematics, which may include one unit of computer science approved by the superintendent of public instruction;

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of science, consisting of: One unit of biology; One unit of chemistry; and One unit of physics; OR One unit of biology; One unit of physical science; and One unit or two one-half units of any other science;

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units of social studies, including: one unit of US history; one-half unit of US government and one-half unit of economics; OR one unit of problems of democracy; AND one unit (or two half-units) of any other social studies, which may include civics, civilization, geography and history, multicultural studies, ND studies, psychology, sociology, and world history.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

3

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Three units of: Foreign languages; Native American languages; Fine arts; or Career and technical education courses.

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of physical education or one-half unit of physical education and one-half unit of health

Elective Units

5

Elective Requirements

Any five additional units

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of English language arts from a sequence that includes literature, composition, and speech

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Completed three units of mathematics, including: One unit of algebra II, as defined by the superintendent of public instruction; and two units of any other mathematics, which may include one unit of computer science;

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Completed three units of science, consisting of: One unit of biology; One unit of chemistry; and One unit of physics; OR One unit of biology; One unit of physical science; and One unit or two one-half units of any other science;

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Completed three units of social studies, including: One unit of United States history; One-half unit of United States government and one-half unit of economics; OR One unit of problems of democracy; and One unit or two one-half units of any other social studies, which may include civics, civilization, geography and history, multicultural studies, North Dakota studies, psychology, sociology, and world history;

CTE Units

2

CTE Requirements

Two units of a coordinated plan of study recommended by the Department of Career and Technical Education.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One unit selected from foreign languages; Native American languages; American Sign Language; fine arts; or career and technical education

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of physical education or one-half unit of physical education and one-half unit of health

Elective Units

5

Elective Requirements

Any five additional units, two of which must be in the area of career and technical education

Other Units

Other Requirements

Obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, based on all high school units in which the student was enrolled; and obtained a grade of at least "C" in each unit or one-half unit; or obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, based only on the units required by subsections 1 through 7; and obtained a grade of at least "C" in each unit or one-half unit.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Kansas High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

21

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of English language arts, which shall include reading, writing, literature, communication, and grammar. The building administrator may waive up to one unit of this requirement if the administrator determines that a pupil can profit more by taking another subject.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of mathematics, including algebraic and geometric concepts.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of science, which shall include physical, biological, and earth and space science concepts and which shall include at least one unit as a laboratory course.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units of history and government, which shall include world history; United States history; United States government, including the Constitution of the United States; concepts of economics and geography.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One unit of fine arts, which may include art, music, dance, theatre, forensics, and other similar studies selected by a local board of education.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit of physical education, which shall include health and which may include safety, first aid, or physiology.

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

Six units of elective courses.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Connecticut High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

20

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Unspecified

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Unspecified

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits, including at least a one-half credit course on Civics and American Government.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One unit or more in the arts or vocational education

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit or more in physical education

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Each local and regional board of education shall create a student success plan for each student enrolled in a public school, beginning in grade six. Such student success plan shall include a student’s career and academic choices in grades six to twelve, inclusive.

Assessment Stakes for Students

New Mexico Diploma of Excellence

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units in English, with major emphasis on grammar, nonfiction writing and literature.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units in mathematics, of which one shall be the equivalent to or higher than the level of Algebra 2, unless the parent submitted written, signed permission for the student to complete a lesser mathematics unit; and provided that a financial literacy course that meets state mathematics academic content and performance standards shall qualify as one of the four required mathematics units.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units in science, two of which shall have a laboratory component.

Social Studies Units

3.5

Social Studies Requirements

Three and one-half units in social science, which shall include United States history and geography, world history and geography and government and economics, and one-half unit of New Mexico history.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One unit in one of the following: a career cluster course, workplace readiness or a language other than English.

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit. Health education may be required in either middle school or high school, as determined by the school district.

Elective Units

7.5

Elective Requirements

Seven and one-half elective units that meet department content and performance standards. Career and technical education courses shall be offered as an elective. Student service learning shall be offered as an elective. Financial literacy shall be offered as an elective. Pre-apprenticeship programs may be offered as electives. Media literacy may be offered as an elective. 

Other Units

Other Requirements

At least one of the units required for graduation shall be earned as an Advanced Placement or honors course, a dual-credit course offered in cooperation with an institution of higher education, or a distance learning course.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Iowa High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

14

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Unspecified

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Unspecified

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

The three units of social studies may include the existing graduation requirements of one-half unit of United States government and one unit of United States history.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One unit. Student participation in physical education for one-eighth unit in each semester of enrollment in high school.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Maryland High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

21

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits of organized instruction in comprehension of literary and informational text, writing, speaking and listening, language, and literacy, of which one credit shall be aligned with the Maryland High School Assessment for English.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three credits, including one with instruction in algebra aligned with the Maryland High School Assessment for algebra or one or more credits in subsequent mathematics courses for which Algebra I is a prerequisite, and one with instruction in geometry aligned with the content standards for geometry. Each student shall enroll in a mathematics course in each year of high school that the student attends, up to a maximum of four years of attendance, unless in the 5th or 6th year a mathematics course is needed to meet a graduation requirement.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits of organized instruction which includes a laboratory component engaging in the application of the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas including Earth/space science, life science, physical science (chemistry and physics), engineering, and technology, aligned to the Maryland High School Assessment for science.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits including one credit in United States history, one credit in world history, and one credit in local, State, and national government aligned with the Maryland High School Assessment for government.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit in visual arts, music, theater, or dance, or a combination of these.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One of the following: Two credits of world language, which may include American Sign Language; Two credits of advanced technology education; or successfully complete a State-approved career and technology program.

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half credit in Physical Education; one-half credit in Health.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Elective programs and instruction shall be developed at the discretion of the local school system, open to enrollment for all students, and shall focus on in-depth study in required subject areas, exploration, or application and integration of what has been learned.

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One credit that includes the application of knowledge, tools, and skills to solve practical problems and extend human capabilities. A student must meet a service learning requirement. A student must either complete 75 hours of student service or complete a locally-designed program in student service that has been approved by the State Superintendent. See COMAR 13A.03.02.05. All students must also complete a locally designed high school program of environmental literacy as set forth in COMAR 13A.04.17 that is approved by the State Superintendent.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Mississippi Career Pathway Option

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

21

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units, including English I and English II. Carnegie units earned for Compensatory English courses, cannot be included as any of the four English Carnegie units required for graduation; however, Carnegie units earned for these courses may be included in the general elective graduation requirements. Beginning school year 2014-2015, Compensatory English may be taken only if a credit-bearing English course is taken in the same school year. Accelerated English 9 and 10 can be accepted in lieu of English I and II, respectively. The two additional English credits must be from the student’s program of study which includes Technical Writing, Creative Writing, English III, English IV, or any college-level dual credit courses.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units, including Algebra I. Carnegie units earned for Compensatory Mathematics courses cannot be included in the three mathematics Carnegie units required for graduation; however, Carnegie units earned for these courses may be included in the general elective graduation requirements. Compensatory Mathematics may be taken only if a credit-bearing Math course is taken in the same school year. CCR Mathematics 8, Ready for High School Mathematics, and Foundations of Algebra cannot be taken after a student has received a Carnegie unit in the CCR Algebra I course. For students pursuing the Career Pathway Graduation Option, at least one of the required mathematics Carnegie units must be earned in a course higher than Algebra I and selected from the student’s program of study. Foundations of Algebra shall only be available for ninth grade students.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units, including Biology I. For students pursuing the Career Pathway Graduation Option, at least one (1) of the required science Carnegie units must be earned in a course higher than Biology I and selected from the student’s program of study for science Carnegie units. The following Career and Technical (CTE) courses may be used to fulfill science requirements for graduation: one (1) unit may be in Concepts of Agriscience (AEST) or Introduction to Agriscience, and a second science unit may be earned by completing a two-course sequence selected from the following options: Science of Agricultural Animals, Science of Agricultural Plants, or Science of Agricultural Environment. Two (2) units may be in the following courses if the student completes the two-course sequence: Healthcare & Clinical Services I & II, Health Science I & II; Sports Medicine or Sports Medicine Theory and Application I and Sports Medicine Theory and Application II; Aquaculture I & II; Forestry I & II; Horticulture I & II; Polymer Science I & II; and Engineering I & II. Effective with school year 2013-14, up to two (2) of the three (3) required science units (excluding Biology I) may be earned by completing Agriculture and Natural Resources I & II. Effective with eighth graders of school year 2013-14, Introduction to Agriscience may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units, including: one credit U.S. History; one-half credit U.S. Government; one-half credit Mississippi Studies. AP U.S. History is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History Post-reconstruction to Present. The third social studies credit should be selected based on the student’s program of study. The Carnegie unit earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state by an out-of-state transfer student who enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies or Mississippi State and Local Government. If the transfer student took a State/Local Government course in a grade level that did not award Carnegie unit credit, then any other one-half unit social studies course may be accepted. An out-of-state student who transfers after the junior year may substitute any other one-half unit social studies course. Credit earned for Business Fundamentals or Business Fundamentals II may be accepted in lieu of one-half unit in Economics.

CTE Units

4

CTE Requirements

Four units, selected from Student's Program of Study. Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses must be based on the student’s program of study and should include dual credit/dual enrollment options as found in Section 37-15-38 of the Mississippi Code of 1972.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

0.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half credit of Contemporary Health or one-half credit of Physical Education. Carnegie unit earned in Healthcare & Clinical Services I/Health Science I may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary Health to meet the graduation requirement for one-half  Carnegie unit in Health. Interscholastic athletic activities, band, show choir and ROTC, if they meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through Physical Education Framework, may also be accepted. Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health meet the health requirement if taken prior to the 2014-2015 school year. 

Elective Units

2.5

Elective Requirements

Courses selected from the student's approved program of study. Electives must be selected from courses related to the student’s program of study. Credits earned not approved for that student’s program of study will not be counted toward graduation requirements.

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One unit Technology or Computer Science. Evidence of proficiency in technology is accepted in lieu of the required courses if the student earns one (1) unit in a technology-rich academic or career technical course related to their program of study. The following courses meet the Carnegie unit requirement for Technology or Computer Science: ICT II (Information & Communication Technology II), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), Keystone, Technology Foundations, Information & Communication Technology, Project Lead the Way Computer Science Essentials, Project Lead the Way Introduction to Computer Science and Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering, Exploring Computer Science, and AP Computer Science Principles, Cyber Foundations I, Cyber Foundations II, Computer Science and Engineering.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Mississippi District Option

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

21

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units, including English I and English II.  Compensatory English, Compensatory Reading, and Compensatory Writing may not be included in the four English courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in the four and one-half general electives required for graduation. Beginning school year 2014-2015, Compensatory English may only be taken if a credit-bearing English course is taken in the same school year. MYP-English I and MYP English II are accepted in lieu of the English I and English II requirements for students enrolled in the IB program.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units, including Algebra I. Carnegie units earned for Compensatory Mathematics courses, cannot be included as any of the four (4) Math Carnegie units required for graduation; however, Carnegie units earned for these courses may be included in the general elective graduation requirements. Compensatory Mathematics may be taken only if a credit-bearing Math course is taken in the same school year. CCR Mathematics Grade 8, Ready for High School Mathematics, and Foundations of Algebra cannot be taken after a student has received a Carnegie unit in the CCR Algebra I course. At least two (2) of the four (4) required mathematics Carnegie units must be earned in courses higher than the CCR Algebra I course. The Ready for High School Mathematics course shall only be available for 8th grade or 9th grade students. Foundations of Algebra shall only be available for 9th grade students. MYP Geometry, MYP Algebra II, IB-DP Mathematics I, IB-DP Mathematics II, IB-DP Mathematical Studies I, and IB-DP Mathematical Studies II are allowable mathematics courses higher than Algebra I for IB students. One (1) of the four (4) required Carnegie units for mathematics may be in Architecture & Drafting if the student completes the two-course sequence for Architecture & Drafting I & II.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units, including Biology I. One unit may be in Concepts of Agriscience or Introduction to Agriscience, and a second unit may be earned by completing two of the following three courses: Science of Agricultural Plants, Science of Agricultural Animals, or Science of Agricultural Environment. Two units may be in the following courses if the student completes the required course sequence ending with Healthcare & Clinical Services II, Aquaculture II, Forestry II, Robotics/Engineering II, Polymer Science II or Careers in Polymer Science, Horticulture II or Horticulture Landscape and Turf grass, Engineering II or Applied Engineering Concepts, Health Sciences II or Workplace and Employment Skills in Health Sciences. The allowable lab-based physical science courses are Physical Science, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C – Mechanics, Polymer Science II, and Robotics/Engineering II. IBDP Physics I, IB-DP Physics II, MYP Chemistry, and IB-DP Chemistry may be accepted as allowable lab-based physical science courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP Biology and IB-DP Biology I may be accepted in lieu of the Biology I requirement for students enrolled in an IB program. Effective with school year 2013-14, up to two of the three required science units (excluding Biology I) may be earned by completing Agriculture and Natural Resources I & II. One credit allowed shall be awarded for Biology II, and one-half credit shall be awarded for Botany, and one-half credit shall be awarded for Field Experiences in Science. Effective with eighth graders of school year 2013-14, Introduction to Agriscience may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units, including: one credit of World History; one credit of U.S. History; one-half U.S. Government; one-half Mississippi Studies. Based on the 2011 Mississippi Social Studies Framework, A.P. World History can be accepted in lieu of the required World History from the Age of Enlightenment to Present course. A.P. United States History can be accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History from Post-reconstruction to Present course. A.P. Government and Politics: United States can be accepted in lieu of the required United States Government course. IB-DP History of the Americas I is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas II is accepted in lieu of the required Mississippi Studies, Economics, and/or U.S. Government courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP U.S. Government is accepted in lieu of the required Government course for students enrolled in the IB program. The Carnegie units earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state by an out-of-state transfer student who enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies or Mississippi State and Local Government. If the transfer student took a State/Local Government course in a grade level that did not award Carnegie unit credit, then any other one-half  unit social studies course may be accepted. An out-of-state student who transfers after the junior year may substitute any other one-half unit social studies course.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One unit of the arts. Digital Media may be accepted in lieu of the art requirement for students.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

0.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half credit of health. Carnegie units earned in Healthcare & Clinical Services I, Health Sciences I, or Theory and Application of Health Sciences I may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary Health to meet the graduation requirement for one-half Carnegie unit in Health. Successful completion of JROTC I and JROTC II may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary Health to meet the graduation requirement for one-half Carnegie unit in Health beginning in the 2010-2011 school year and thereafter. 

Elective Units

4.5

Elective Requirements

Only one (1) elective unit in physical education including participation in interscholastic athletic activities, band, performance choral, show choir, dance or JROTC that meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association may be applied each year to the minimum 24 required state units. If a local district has graduation requirements above the state requirements, they may award additional credits as outlined in the local Board policy. 

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One unit Technology or Computer Science. The following courses meet the Carnegie unit requirement for Technology or Computer Science: ICT II (Information & Communication Technology II), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), Keystone, Technology Foundations, Information & Communication Technology, Project Lead the Way Computer Science Essentials, Project Lead the Way Introduction to Computer Science and Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering, Exploring Computer Science, and AP Computer Science Principles, Cyber Foundations I, Cyber Foundations II, Computer Science and Engineering.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Kentucky High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four credits (English I, English II, English III, and English IV) to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for English and language arts. Language arts shall be taken each year of high school. If a student does not meet the college readiness benchmarks for English and language arts  (18 for English, 20 for reading), the student shall take a respective English and language arts transitional course or intervention, which is monitored to address remediation needs, before exiting high school.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three credits to include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II  (An integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, or technical or occupational course that prepares a student for a career path based on the student's Individual Learning Plan may be substituted for a traditional Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II course on an individual student basis if the course meets the content standards in the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS). A mathematics course or its equivalent as determined by the district shall be taken each year of high school to ensure readiness for postsecondary education or the workforce; Any mathematics course other than Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II shall be counted as an elective; and If a student does not meet the college readiness benchmarks for mathematics as established by the Council on Postsecondary Education in 13 KAR 2:020, the student shall take a mathematics transitional course or intervention, which is monitored to address remediation needs, before exiting high school.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three credits

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three credits to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for social studies. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One credit of history and appreciation of visual and performing arts (or another arts course which incorporates this content), to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for arts and humanities or a standards-based specialized arts course based on the student’s individual learning plan.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half credit to include the content

Elective Units

7

Elective Requirements

Seven credits in academic and career interest standards-based learning experiences, including four standards-based learning experiences in an academic or career interest based on the student’s individual learning plan. 

Other Units

Other Requirements

Demonstrated performance-based competency in technology.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Mississippi High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

24

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units, including English I and English II. Carnegie units earned for Compensatory English courses, cannot be included as any of the four (4) English Carnegie units required for graduation; however, Carnegie units earned for these courses may be included in the general elective graduation requirements. Beginning school year 2014-2015, Compensatory English may be taken only if a credit-bearing English course is taken in the same school year. Accelerated English 9 and 10 can be accepted in lieu of English I and II, respectively.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units, including Algebra I. Carnegie units earned for Compensatory Mathematics courses, cannot be included as any of the four (4) Math Carnegie units required for graduation; however, Carnegie units earned for these courses may be included in the general elective graduation requirements Compensatory Mathematics may be taken only if a credit-bearing Math course is taken in the same school year. CCR Mathematics Grade 8, Ready for High School Mathematics, and Foundations of Algebra cannot be taken after a student has received a Carnegie unit in the CCR Algebra I course. At least two (2) of the four (4) required mathematics Carnegie units must be earned in a course higher than the CCR Algebra I course. The Ready for High School Mathematics course shall only be available for 8th grade or 9th grade students. Foundations of Algebra shall only be available for 9th grade students. MYP Geometry, MYP Algebra II, IB-DP Mathematics I, IB-DP Mathematics II, IB-DP Mathematical Studies I, and IB-DP Mathematical Studies II are allowable mathematics courses higher than Algebra I for IB students. One (1) of the four (4) required Carnegie units for mathematics may be in Architecture & Drafting if the student completes the two-course sequence for Architecture & Drafting I & II. 

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Four units, including Biology I. For science Carnegie units, the following Career and Technical (CTE) courses may be used to fulfill science requirements for graduation: one (1) unit may be in Concepts of Agriscience or Introduction to Agriscience, and a second unit may be earned by completing two (2) of the following three (3) courses: Science of Agriculture Plants, Science of Agriculture Animals, and Science of Agricultural Environment. Two (2) units may be in the following courses if the student completes the required course sequence ending with Healthcare & Clinical Services II, Aquaculture II, Forestry II, Robotics/Engineering II, Polymer Science II or Careers in Polymer Science, Horticulture II or Horticulture Landscape and Turf grass, Engineering II or Applied Engineering Concepts, Health Sciences II or Workplace and Employment Skills in Health Science, Sports Medicine or Sports Medicine Theory and Application Iand Sports Medicine Theory and Application II. Effective with school year 2013-2014, up to two (2) of the four (4) required science units (excluding Biology I) may be earned by completing Agriculture and Natural Resources I & II. Effective with eighth graders of school year 2013-2014, Introduction to Agriscience may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four units, including: one unit in World History; one unit of U.S. History; one-half unit in Geography; one-half unit in U.S. Government; one-half unit in Economics; one-half unit in Mississippi Studies. Based on the 2011 Mississippi Social Studies Framework, A.P. World History can be accepted in lieu of the required World History from the Age of Enlightenment to Present course. A.P. United States History can be accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History from Post-reconstruction to Present course. A.P Government and Politics: United States can be accepted in lieu of the required United States Government course. A.P. Macroeconomics or A.P. Microeconomics can be taken in lieu of the required Economics course. A.P. Human Geography can be accepted in lieu of the required Geography course. MYP World Geography is accepted in lieu of the required Geography course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas I is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas II is accepted in lieu of the required Mississippi Studies, Economics, and/or U.S. Government courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP U.S. Government is accepted in lieu of the required Government course for students enrolled in the IB program. Carnegie unit earned for Business Fundamentals or Business Fundamentals II may be accepted in lieu of one-half unit in Economics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One unit of the arts. Digital Media may be accepted in lieu of the art requirement for students.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half unit in Contemporary Health and one-half unit in physical education. Carnegie units earned in Healthcare & Clinical Services I, Health Sciences I, or Theory and Application of Health Sciences I may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary Health to meet the graduation requirement for one-half Carnegie unit in Health. Successful completion of JROTC I and JROTC II may be accepted in lieu of Contemporary Health to meet the graduation requirement for one-half Carnegie unit in Health beginning in the 2010-2011 school year and thereafter.

Elective Units

5

Elective Requirements

Only one (1) elective unit in physical education including participation in interscholastic athletic activities, band, performance choral, show choir, dance or JROTC that meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association may be applied each year to the minimum 24 required state units. If a local district has graduation requirements above the state requirements, they may award additional credits as outlined in the local Board policy. 

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One unit Technology or Computer Science. The following courses meet the Carnegie unit requirement for Technology or Computer Science: ICT II (Information & Communication Technology II), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), Keystone, Technology Foundations, Information & Communication Technology, Project Lead the Way Computer Science Essentials, Project Lead the Way Introduction to Computer Science and Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering, Exploring Computer Science, and AP Computer Science Principles, Cyber Foundations I, Cyber Foundations II, Computer Science and Engineering.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Arkansas Core Curriculum

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4.5

English Requirements

Four units of English and one-half unit of oral communications.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units, including one unit of algebra or its equivalent and one unit of geometry or its equivalent. All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry knowledge and skills. Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable. A two-year Algebra equivalent or a two-year Geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units for the four unit requirement. Students can also earn one unit Computer Science and three units of mathematics as listed above.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units, including at least one unit of Biology or its equivalent and one unit of a physical science. Students can also earn one unit of Computer Science and two units of science as listed above.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units, including one unit of World History, one unit of U.S. History, one-half unit of Civics. A one-half unit of Economics is required for graduation and may be counted toward the required three social studies credits or toward the six required career focus elective credits. If the course is taught by an appropriately licensed social studies teacher, credit may be applied to meet graduation requirements in social studies or toward the career focus electives. If the course is taught by an appropriately licensed business education teacher, graduation credit can only be applied toward career focus requirements.

CTE Units

6

CTE Requirements

Six units. All units in the career focus requirement shall be established through guidance and counseling at the local school district based on the students' contemplated work aspirations. Career focus courses shall conform to local district policy and reflect state frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

Fine Arts Units

0.5

Fine Arts Requirements

One-half unit

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half unit in Health and Safety and one-half unit in Physical Education.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Arkansas Smart Core Curriculum

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

22

English Units

4.5

English Requirements

Four units of English including in 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades, and one-half unit of oral communications.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units. All students must take a mathematics course in grade 11 or grade 12 and complete Algebra II. Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable. Algebra I or Algebra A & B (grades 7-8 or 8-9); Geometry or Investigating Geometry or Geometry A & B (Grades 8-9 or 9-10); Algebra II; fourth math unit range of options: Transitions to College Math, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Statistics, Computer Math, Algebra III, or an Advanced Placement math. Students can also earn one unit Computer Science, and three units of mathematics as listed above.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units with lab experience chosen from Physical Science, Biology or Applied Biology/Chemistry, Chemistry, Physics or Principles of Technology I & II or PIC Physics. Students can also earn one unit of Computer Science, and two units of natural science with lab experience as listed above. 

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units, including one unit of World History, one unit of U.S. History, one-half unit of Civics. A one-half unit of Economics is required for graduation and may be counted toward the required three social studies credits or toward the six required career focus elective credits. If the course is taught by an appropriately licensed social studies teacher, credit may be applied to meet graduation requirements in social studies or toward the career focus electives. If the course is taught by an appropriately licensed business education teacher, graduation credit can only be applied toward career focus requirements.

CTE Units

6

CTE Requirements

Six units. All units in the career focus requirement shall be established through guidance and counseling at the local school district based on the students' contemplated work aspirations. Career focus courses shall conform to local district policy and reflect state frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

Fine Arts Units

0.5

Fine Arts Requirements

One-half unit

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half unit in Health and Safety and one-half unit in Physical Education.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

New Hampshire Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

20

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three credits, including algebra credit that can be earned through a sequential, integrated, or applied program.

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

One credit of physical sciences; one credit of biological sciences.

Social Studies Units

2.5

Social Studies Requirements

One unit in US and NH history; one-half unit in US and NH government/civics; one-half unit in economics, including personal finance; one-half unit in world history, global studies, or geography.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

0.5

Fine Arts Requirements

One-half unit in arts education.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half unit in health education; one unit in physical education.

Elective Units

6

Elective Requirements

Unspecified

Other Units

0.5

Other Requirements

One-half credit in information and communications technologies.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Louisiana Jump Start TOPS Tech (Career Diploma)

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

23

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units, including one unit English I; one unit English II; and two units from the following: technical writing, business English, English III, English IV, any AP or IB English course, or comparable Louisiana technical college courses offered by Jump Start regional teams as approved by BESE.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units, including: Algebra I, Applied Algebra I, or Algebra I-Pt. 2 (the elective course Algebra I-Pt. 1 is a pre-requisite); three units from the following: Geometry, Financial Literacy (formerly Financial Math), Math Essentials, Algebra II, Advanced Math-Functions and Statistics, Advanced Math, Pre-Calculus, Algebra III, Pre-Calculus, Business Math, Probability and Statistics, or comparable Louisiana technical college courses offered by Jump Start regional teams as approved by BESE. (Integrated Mathematics I, II, and III may be substituted for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II and shall count as three math credits.)

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two units, including: one unit Biology I; one unit from the following: Chemistry I, Physical Science, Earth Science, Agriscience II (Agriscience I is a prerequisite for Agriscience II and is an elective course), Environmental Science, or any AP or IB science course.

Social Studies Units

2

Social Studies Requirements

Two units, including one unit from the following: U.S. history, AP U.S. history, or IB history of the Americas I; and one unit of the following: civics; government; AP U.S. government and politics: comparative; or AP U.S. government and politics: United States.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half unit of Health education (JROTC I and II may be used to meet the Health Education requirement. Refer to §2347) and one and one-half units of Physical Education, which shall be Physical Education I and one-half unit among the following: physical education II, marching band, extracurricular sports, cheering, or dance team. ROTC may be substituted for this requirement and adaptive PE for eligible special education students may be substituted. 

Elective Units

9

Elective Requirements

At least 9 credits in Jump Start course sequence, workplace experiences, and credentials. To complete a career area of concentration for the career diploma, students shall meet the minimum requirements for graduation including four elective primary credits in the career major and two related elective credits, including one computer/technology course. Areas of concentration are identified in the career options reporting system with each LEA designating the career and technical education areas of concentration offered in their school system each year. 

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

South Dakota High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units of language arts, which must include: one and one-half units of writing; one and one-half units of literature (must include one-half unit of American Literature); one-half unit speech or debate; and one-half unit language arts elective

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of mathematics, which must include: one unit Algebra I; one unit Algebra II; and one unit Geometry. With school and parent/guardian approval, a student may be excused from this course in favor of a more appropriate course. A student may be excused from Algebra II or Geometry, but not both. A student is still required to take three units of Math.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of lab science, which must include: one unit of Biology; one unit of any Physical Science; and one unit Chemistry or Physics. If a student is excused from Chemistry or Physics, the student must still take three units of Lab Science. 

Social Studies Units

3.5

Social Studies Requirements

Three units of social studies, which must include: one unit U.S. History; one unit U.S. Government; one-half unit World History; one-half unit Geography; and one-half unit social studies elective. One-half unit of Personal Finance or Economics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

A district may decide to offer credit for extracurricular Fine Arts activities. Students may be granted up to one credit in Fine Arts for participation in extracurricular activities. A maximum of one-quarter credit may be granted for each activity in each school year. 

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

One-half unit of Physical Education and one-half unit of Health or Health Integration. Students are required to take one-half unit of health at any time grades 6-12. A district may choose to integrate health across the curriculum at the middle or high school level in lieu of a stand-alone course.   

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

1

Other Requirements

One unit of the following in any combination: Approved Career and Technical Education; Capstone Experience or Service Learning; World Language.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Ohio Academic Diploma with Honors

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

21

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or the equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

At least four units of science including two units of advanced science;

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four units of social studies. History and Government one unit; American History, one-half unit; American Government, one-half unit. Each school shall integrate the study of economics and financial literacy, as expressed in the social studies academic content standards adopted by the state board of education under division (A) (1) of section 3301.079 of the Revised Code and the academic content standards for financial literacy and entrepreneurship adopted under division (A)(2) of that section, into one or more existing social studies credits required under division (C)(7) of this section, or into the content of another class, so that every high school student receives instruction in those concepts. Beginning with students who enter ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2017, the two units of instruction prescribed in this section shall include at least one-half unit of instruction in the study of world history and civilizations.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

3

Foreign Language Requirements

Either three units of one world language or no less than two units of each of two world languages studied.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One unit

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, one-half unit; Health, one-half unit, which shall include instruction in nutrition and the benefits of nutritious foods and physical activity for overall health.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Students earn an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale maintained up to the last grading period of the senior year and earn a composite score of 27 on the 2016 ACT assessment (excluding the writing test) or a combined score of 1280 on the 2016 SAT.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Ohio Career-Technical Diploma with Honors

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

23

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

At least four units of mathematics which shall include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II (or equivalent), and one other higher level course, or a four course sequence that contains equivalent or higher content

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

At least four units of science including two units of advanced science

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four units; History and Government, one unit: American History, one-half unit; American Government, one-half unit. Each school shall integrate the study of economics and financial literacy, as expressed in the social studies academic content standards adopted by the state board of education under division (A) (1) of section 3301.079 of the Revised Code and the academic content standards for financial literacy and entrepreneurship adopted under division (A)(2) of that section, into one or more existing social studies credits required under division (C)(7) of this section, or into the content of another class, so that every high school student receives instruction in those concepts. Beginning with students who enter ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2017, the two units of instruction prescribed in this section shall include at least one-half unit of instruction in the study of world history and civilizations.

CTE Units

4

CTE Requirements

Four units in a Career-Technical Education program that leads to an industry recognized credential, results in an apprenticeship, or is part of an articulated career pathway which can lead to post-secondary credit. If the student's program design does not provide for any of these outcomes, then the student must achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the applicable Ohio career-technical competency assessment or the equivalent.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Not applicable

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two units of one world language

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, one-half unit; Health, one-half unit, which shall include instruction in nutrition and the benefits of nutritious foods and physical activity for overall health.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Students earn an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale maintained up to the last grading period of the senior year and meet one of the following assessment requirements: a) a composite score of 27 on the 2016 ACT assessment (excluding the writing test); 2) a combined score of 1280 on the 2016 SAT; 3) a score of at least six on the ACT WorkKeys reading for information assessment section and a score of at least six on the ACT WorkKeys applied mathematics section. Additionally, to earn the career technical honors diploma, students must achieve the proficiency benchmark established for appropriate Ohio career-technical competency assessment or an equivalent assessment. Students must also complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student's career technical area of focus; Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student's field experience or a topic related to the student's career technical area of focus that is reviewed and validated by external experts

Assessment Stakes for Students

Ohio High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

20

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units. One unit shall  be Algebra II or the equivalent of Algebra II, or one unit of Advanced Computer Science as described in the standards adopted pursuant to division (A)(4) of section 3301.079 of the Revised Code. However, students who enter ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2015, and who are pursuing a career-technical instructional track shall not be required to take Algebra II or Advanced Computer science, and instead may complete a career-based pathway mathematics course approved by the department of education as an alternative. For students who choose to take advanced computer science in lieu of Algebra II under division (C)(3) of this section, the school shall communicate to those students that some institutions of higher education may require Algebra II for the purpose of college admission. Also, the parent, guardian, or legal custodian of each student who chooses to take Advanced Computer Science in lieu of Algebra II shall sign and submit to the school a document containing a statement acknowledging that not taking algebra II may have an adverse effect on college admission decisions.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units,  with inquiry-based laboratory experience that engages students in asking valid scientific questions and gathering and analyzing information, which shall include the following, or their equivalent: Physical sciences, one unit; Life Sciences, one unit; advanced study in one or more of the following sciences, one unit: Chemistry, Physics, or other physical science; Advanced Biology or other life science; Astronomy, Physical Geology, or other earth or space science; Computer Science.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

History and government one unit: American history, one-half unit; American government, one-half unit. Social studies, two units. Each school shall integrate the study of economics and financial literacy, as expressed in the social studies academic content standards adopted by the state board of education under division (A) (1) of section 3301.079 of the Revised Code and the academic content standards for financial literacy and entrepreneurship adopted under division (A)(2) of that section, into one or more existing social studies credits required under division (C)(7) of this section, or into the content of another class, so that every high school student receives instruction in those concepts. Beginning with students who enter ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2017, the two units of instruction prescribed in this section shall include at least one-half unit of instruction in the study of world history and civilizations.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

Students must complete two semesters or the equivalent of fine arts to graduate from high school. The coursework may be completed in any of grades seven to twelve. Each student who completes a fine arts course in grade seven or eight may elect to count that course toward the five units of electives required for graduation if the instructor has an appropriate teaching license. Otherwise the two semesters count toward the required fine arts units.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

5

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Five units consisting of one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, Career-Technical Education, family and consumer sciences, technology which may include Computer Science, agricultural education, a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program approved by the Congress of the United States under title 10 of the United States Code, or English Language Arts, mathematics, Science, or social studies courses not otherwise required under division (C) of this section.

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, one-half unit; Health, one-half unit, which shall include instruction in nutrition and the benefits of nutritious foods and physical activity for overall health.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student may apply one unit of instruction in computer science to satisfy one unit of mathematics or one unit of science under division (C) of this section as the student chooses, regardless of the field of certification of the teacher who teaches the course, so long as that teacher meets the licensure requirements prescribed by section 3319.236 of the Revised Code and, prior to teaching the course, completes a professional development program determined to be appropriate by the district board. If a student applies more than one computer science course to satisfy curriculum requirements under that division, the courses shall be sequential and progressively more difficult or cover different subject areas within computer science. No student shall substitute a computer science course for a life sciences or biology course under division (C)(5) of this section.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Ohio International Baccalaureate Diploma with Honors

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Four units of mathematics including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II (or its equivalent), and one other higher level course, or complete a four course sequence that contains equivalent or higher content

Science Units

4

Science Requirements

Earn four units of science including Biology, Chemistry, and at least one unit of advanced science

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

Four units. History and Government, one unit; American History, one-half unit; American Government, one-half unit. Each school shall integrate the study of economics and financial literacy, as expressed in the social studies academic content standards adopted by the state board of education under division (A) (1) of section 3301.079 of the Revised Code and the academic content standards for financial literacy and entrepreneurship adopted under division (A)(2) of that section, into one or more existing social studies credits required under division (C)(7) of this section, or into the content of another class, so that every high school student receives instruction in those concepts. Beginning with students who enter ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2017, the two units of instruction prescribed in this section shall include at least one-half unit of instruction in the study of world history and civilizations.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One unit

Foreign Language Units

4

Foreign Language Requirements

Four units with at least two units in each language studied

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, one-half unit; Health, one-half unit, which shall include instruction in nutrition and the benefits of nutritious foods and physical activity for overall health.

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Students earn an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale maintained up to the last grading period of the senior year and earn a composite score of 27 on the 2016 ACT assessment (excluding the writing test) or a combined score of 1280 on the 2016 SAT. Additionally, to earn the international baccalaureate honors diploma, students must complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student's international baccalaureate area of focus; and develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student's field experience or a topic related to the student's international baccalaureate area of focus that is reviewed and validated by external experts.

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Local Diploma (through Appeal) with Technical Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student meets the requirements for either a local diploma, a Regents diploma or a Regents diploma with advanced designation and successfully completes a Department approved CTE program, including the three-part technical assessment. 

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Regents Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

The State learning standards in technology may be met either through a course in technology education or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science. A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics but not both. The learning standards for parenting may be met either through a separate course in parenting or through integration in a course in health or family and consumer sciences. 

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student earns a computed average of at least 90 on the Regents examinations applicable to either a Regents diploma or a Regents diploma with advanced designation. No more than two Department-approved alternatives can be substituted for Regents examinations, and the locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE examination is not included in the calculation. 

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Technical Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student meets the requirements for either a local diploma, a Regents diploma or a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation, and successfully completes a Department-approved career and technical education program including the technical assessment. 

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Regents Diploma with Honors

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A local school district may award a student a Regents diploma with honors or a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors to a student who achieves an average of 90 percent in all Regents examinations required for the diploma. Each Regents examination score carries a weight of one and such score shall not be multiplied by the number of units of study being examined. Averages below 90 percent shall not be rounded upward to 90 percent. Notwithstanding the provisions of clause (a) of this subparagraph, a district may award a Regents diploma with honors or a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors to a student who has substituted no more than two alternative assessments approved pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part for a Regents examination required for the diploma. In such instance, the student's score on any substituted alternative assessments shall not be considered in the calculation to determine whether such student has achieved an average of 90 percent.

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Regents Diploma with Technical Endorsement

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student meets the requirements for either a local diploma, a Regents diploma or a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation and successfully completes a Department-approved CTE program including the three-part technical assessment. 

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Local Diploma (through Appeal)

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Regents Diploma (through appeal)

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

New York Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Mastery in Math and/or Science

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.

Social Studies Units

4

Social Studies Requirements

For students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016: one unit of credit in American history; and half unit of credit in Economics and a half unit of participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school. Beginning with the class of 2020,  one unit of credit in American history; two units of credit in global history and geography; and a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Foreign Language Units

1

Foreign Language Requirements

Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

2.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements.Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.

Elective Units

3.5

Elective Requirements

Three and one-half additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of twenty-two units of credit.

Other Units

Other Requirements

A student meets all the requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation and earns at score of 85 or better on three math Regents examinations and/or three science Regents examinations. 

Assessment Stakes for Students

Massachusetts MassCore course of study

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Unspecified

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Including the completion of Algebra II or completion of the Integrated Math equivalent. All students are recommended to take a math course during their senior year.

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Three units of lab-based science. Coursework taken in technology/engineering may count for MassCore science credit. Note: In June 2012, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) revised its admission standards to count technology/engineering coursework based on academic standards and taken for science credit as meeting the science admissions requirement.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three units; including US History and World History.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

One unit in the arts. Students enrolled in a state-approved Career and Technical Education program of studies have the option of opting out of Foreign Language and Art and still fulfill MassCore.

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Two units of the same language. Students enrolled in a state-approved Career and Technical Education program of studies have the option of opting out of Foreign Language and Art and still fulfill MassCore.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

Health/Physical Education Requirements

State law (M.G.L. c. 71,s. 3): “Physical education shall be taught as a required subject in all grades for all students.” Health can be integrated into Physical Education, science, or taught as a stand-alone course.

Elective Units

5

Elective Requirements

Five units (Additional Core Courses) - Business Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Health, Technology or any of the subjects above. Note: Most students majoring in CTE will take more than five units in a CTE program of study.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Complete as many of the following as possible: Advanced Placement (AP); Capstone or Senior Project; Dual Enrollment courses taken for both high school and college credit; Online courses; Service Learning; and Work-based Learning.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Tennessee High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Mandatory CCR
Students must complete a CCR course of study to graduate. There is one set of expectations for all students.

Total Units

22

English Units

4

English Requirements

Students must complete four credits of English, including English I, English II, English III, and English IV.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Students must complete four credits of mathematics including Algebra I and II, Geometry or the equivalent Integrated Math I, II, and III, and another mathematics course beyond Algebra I or Integrated Math I. Students must be enrolled in a mathematics course each school year. Students who complete any of the required math credits prior to the ninth grade may receive graduation credit for that coursework; however, those students are still required to enroll in math during each high school year. 

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Students must complete three credits of Science. Students must complete Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab science. 

Social Studies Units

3.5

Social Studies Requirements

Students must complete three credits of social studies. The content of the social studies courses will be consistent with Tennessee Academic Standards and with admissions requirements of Tennessee public institutions of higher education. Required courses include United States History and Geography, World History and Geography, Economics, and United States Government and Civics. Students must complete one-half credit in Personal Finance. Three years of JROTC may be substituted for one-half credit of Personal Finance if the JROTC instructor attends the Personal Finance training.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

Students must complete one credit in Fine Arts. The credit requirement for fine arts may be waived by the local school district for students, under certain circumstances, to expand and enhance the elective focus.

Foreign Language Units

2

Foreign Language Requirements

Students must complete two credits of the same Foreign Language. The credit requirement for foreign language may be waived by the local school district for students, under certain circumstances, to expand and enhance the elective focus.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Students must complete one credit in wellness. The wellness courses will integrate concepts from health, physical fitness, and wellness and may be taught by a team of teachers from one or more teaching areas, including health, physical education, family and nutrition sciences, and health sciences education. Participation in marching band and interscholastic athletics may not be substituted for this aspect of the graduation requirements. Credit earned in two years of JROTC may be substituted provided the local system has complied with requirements of the State Board of Education. Credit for basic training may be substituted, upon the choice of the student, for the required credit in lifetime wellness and credit in one  elective course or for credit in two elective courses. Students must complete one-half credit in physical education. This requirement may be met by substituting a documented and equivalent time of physical activity in marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, interscholastic athletics, school sponsored intramural athletics, and other areas approved by the local board of education. 

Elective Units

3

Elective Requirements

Students must complete three credits in an elective focus. All students will pursue a focused program of study designed to prepare them for the workforce and postsecondary study. The elective focus may be CTE, science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the local board of education. Students completing a CTE elective focus must complete three credits in the same CTE career cluster or state-approved program of study. 

Other Units

Other Requirements

Every candidate for graduation must have received a full year of computer education at some point during the candidate’s educational career pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-6-1010. 

Assessment Stakes for Students

California High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Total Units

13

English Units

3

English Requirements

Three courses

Math Units

2

Math Requirements

Two courses, including one year of Algebra I.

Science Units

2

Science Requirements

Two courses in science, including biological and physical science.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Three courses in social studies, including United States History and Geography; World History, Culture, and Geography; a one-semester course in American Government and Civics; and a one-semester course in Economics.

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

1

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

One course in visual or performing arts, foreign language, or career technical education.

Health/Physical Education Units

2

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Two courses in physical education

Elective Units

Elective Requirements

Not applicable

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Indiana Core 40 Diploma

Diploma Classification

Default CCR
Students are expected to complete a CCR course of study. However, students have the ability to opt out of, or modify, the CCR course of study and pursue a less demanding set of requirements.

Total Units

20

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units (eight credits), including a balance of literature, composition and speech.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Two credits (one unit): Algebra I; two credits (one unit): Geometry; two credits (one unit): Algebra II. Or complete Integrated Math I, II, and III for six credits (three units). Students must take a math or quantitative reasoning course each year of high school. 

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Two credits (one unit): Biology I; two credits (one unit): Chemistry I or Physics I or Integrated Chemistry-Physics; two credits (one unit): any Core 40 science course.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Two credits (one unit): U.S. History; one credit (one half unit): U.S. Government; one credit (one half unit): Economics; two credits (one unit): World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units

Foreign Language Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

2.5

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Five credits (two and one-half units) in World Languages, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education.

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Two credits (one unit) physical education and one credit (one half unit) Health and Wellness.

Elective Units

3

Elective Requirements

Six credits (three units). Students are strongly encouraged to complete a College and Career Pathway (selecting electives in a deliberate manner) to take full advantage of career and college exploration and preparation opportunities.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Not applicable

Assessment Stakes for Students

Indiana Core 40 Diploma with Academic Honors

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

23.5

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units (eight credits), including a balance of literature, composition and speech.

Math Units

4

Math Requirements

Two credits (one unit): Algebra I; two credits (one unit): Geometry; two credits (one unit): Algebra II. Or complete Integrated Math I, II, and III for six credits (three units). Students must earn two additional Core 40 math credits (one unit) and take a math or quantitative reasoning course each year of high school. 

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Two credits (one unit): Biology I; two credits (one unit): Chemistry I or Physics I or Integrated Chemistry-Physics; two credits (one unit): any Core 40 science course.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Two credits (one unit): U.S. History; one credit (one half unit): U.S. Government; one credit (one half unit): Economics; two credits (one unit): World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

Not applicable

Fine Arts Units

1

Fine Arts Requirements

Two Core 40 fine arts credits (one unit).

Foreign Language Units

3

Foreign Language Requirements

Six to eight Core 40 world language credits: six credits (3 units) in one language or four credits (2 units) each in two languages.

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Units

CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Requirements

Not applicable

Health/Physical Education Units

1.5

Health/Physical Education Requirements

Two credits (one unit) physical education and one credit (one half unit) Health and Wellness.

Elective Units

3

Elective Requirements

Six credits (three units). Students are strongly encouraged to complete a College and Career Pathway (selecting electives in a deliberate manner) to take full advantage of career and college exploration and preparation opportunities.

Other Units

Other Requirements

Earn a grade of a “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma. Have a grade point average of a “B” or better. Complete one of the following: A. Earn four credits in two or more AP courses and take corresponding AP exams; B. Earn six verifiable transcripted college credits in dual credit courses from the approved dual credit list; C. Earn two of the following: 1. A minimum of three verifiable transcripted college credits from the approved dual credit list, 2. Two credits in AP courses and corresponding AP exams, 3. Two credits in IB standard level courses and corresponding IB exams. D. Earn a composite score of 1250 or higher on the SAT and a minimum of 560 on math and 590 on the evidence based reading and writing section. E. Earn an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and complete written section. F. Earn 4 credits in IB courses and take corresponding IB exams.

Assessment Stakes for Students

Indiana Core 40 Diploma with Technical Honors

Diploma Classification

Opt-in CCR
Students voluntarily select the CCR course of study from a menu of graduation options. In addition to completing a specific course of study, some of these states have additional graduation requirements such as attaining certain benchmarks on assessments.

Total Units

23.5

English Units

4

English Requirements

Four units (eight credits), including a balance of literature, composition and speech.

Math Units

3

Math Requirements

Two credits (one unit): Algebra I; two credits (one unit): Geometry; two credits (one unit): Algebra II. Or complete Integrated Math I, II, and III for six credits (three units). Students must take a math or quantitative reasoning course each year of high school. 

Science Units

3

Science Requirements

Two credits (one unit): Biology I; two credits (one unit): Chemistry I or Physics I or Integrated Chemistry-Physics; two credits (one unit): any Core 40 science course.

Social Studies Units

3

Social Studies Requirements

Two credits (one unit): U.S. History; one credit (one half unit): U.S. Government; one credit (one half unit): Economics; two credits (one unit): World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World. 

CTE Units

CTE Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Fine Arts Units

Fine Arts Requirements

The state does not specifically require courses within this subject area, though students may choose to fulfill graduation requirements by completing one or more courses within this subject area. See “CTE/Fine Arts/Foreign Language” subject requirements for more information.

Foreign Language Units