Education Commission of the States has researched high school graduation requirements in all states to provide this comprehensive resource. Click on the questions below for 50-state comparisons showing how all states approach specific policies. Or, choose to view a specific state’s approach by going to the individual state profiles page.

Key takeaways 

  • Research indicates that a student’s chance of completing high school and enrolling in and completing a postsecondary program of study improve when the student completes a rigorous high school curriculum.
  • All students should be held to common, high expectations.
  • Additional coursework options or requirements — such as career majors, individual learning plans, early graduation, proficiency-based credit — can lend relevance to the high school curriculum and help students think about next steps after high school graduation.

50-state comparisons 

  1. Standard high school graduation requirements
  2. Honors/college prep diploma or endorsement
  3. Technical/vocational diploma or endorsement
  4. Additional coursework options and requirements
  5. English
  6. Mathematics
  7. Social studies
  8. Science
  9. P.E./health
  10. Arts
  11. Foreign language
  12. Electives
  13. Other (technology, career/tech, oral communications, life management skills, community service, and other graduation requirements)
  14. Total number of units


Related resources 

Staff contact
Jennifer Dounay Zinth

 PUBLISHED: March 23, 2007

 AUTHOR(S): Jennifer Zinth



 STATE(S): Nationwide

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