Mathematics and Science Requirements Data Explorer: Comparing K-12 Exit and Postsecondary Admissions Requirements

Every high school student should graduate ready for what comes next. Whether they choose a postsecondary education, a career path, or military service, students deserve to follow a course pathway and earn a high school diploma that aligns to the opportunity they wish to pursue. However, too many students earn a high school diploma without having taken and passed the courses needed for admission into four-year colleges and universities in their states, leaving those options unavailable to them.

To better understand the gaps in expectations between high schools and colleges, this interactive data explorer compares what students are required to learn to graduate from high school and how these differ from what is needed for admission to higher education institutions in their state.

The data explorer focuses on mathematics and science requirements for high school graduation for the Class of 2018 and for admission at public, four-year college options in their state that serve some of the largest populations of first-time, in-state students. This illustrates the alignment (or gaps) between what is expected of students to graduate high school and the four-year universities that large numbers of students in each state aspire to enter. Select a state's "Graduation Option Name" to open a new window with additional details on the differences between the K12 exit expectations and the higher education institution's admissions requirements. Read more about the data and how we selected the two universities for comparison in states.

Graduation Option Namesort descending
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.
Postsecondary Insitution Mathematics
This indicates whether students’ performance on this assessment has impacts for them, individually, as it relates to course grades or graduating from high school.
Science
This indicates how student performance on these assessments is used in statewide accountability systems for schools.
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Alaska High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
Alaska High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

No
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

No
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
California High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

Maybe
California High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

No

Science Units

Maybe
Colorado High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

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

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

No
Colorado High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

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

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

No

Science Units

No
Connecticut High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Connecticut High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Maybe
Florida Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
Florida Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Hawaii High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
Hawaii High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Idaho High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
Idaho High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
Illinois High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Illinois High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

No

Science Units

Yes
Iowa High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
Iowa High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
Kansas High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Kansas High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Louisiana Jump Start TOPS Tech (Career Diploma)

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
Louisiana Jump Start TOPS Tech (Career Diploma)

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
Maine High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

Yes
Maine High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

No

Science Units

No
Maryland High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
Maryland High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Massachusetts High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

No
Massachusetts High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

No

Science Units

No
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Missouri High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Missouri High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

Maybe
Montana High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

Maybe
Montana High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

No

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
Nevada Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
Nevada Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

No
New Hampshire Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
New Hampshire Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
New Jersey Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
New Jersey Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
New York Regents Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
New York Regents Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
North Dakota Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
North Dakota Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Oregon Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Oregon Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Pennsylvania High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

No
Pennsylvania High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

No

Science Units

No
Rhode Island High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Rhode Island High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
South Carolina High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
South Carolina High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Texas Foundation High School Program

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Texas Foundation High School Program

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

No

Science Units

No
Utah 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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Utah 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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Vermont High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

No
Vermont High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
Virginia Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Virginia Standard High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Washington Standard 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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Maybe
Washington Standard 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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Maybe
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.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Yes
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.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Yes

Science Units

Maybe
Wisconsin High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

Yes
Wisconsin High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 2

Math Units

Maybe

Science Units

Yes
Wyoming High School Diploma

Diploma Classification

Minimum
Diploma requirements are set lower than the CCR level.

Type of Institution

University 1

Math Units

No

Science Units

No

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