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From the ECS State Policy Database: High School--Graduation Requirements - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

50-State Mathematics Requirements for the Standard High School Diploma PDF - Math graduation requirements: This report specifies the high school graduation requirements in math in the 50 states. It notes two growing trends in state-set math graduation requirements – the ever-larger number of states requiring four units of math to graduate, and the small but growing number of states specifying that a math course must be taken each year of high school or in the student's senior year. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, March 2012)...

Helping Students Get a Head Start on the "Real World": State Strategies for Early High School Graduation MS Word PDF - This ECS Policy Brief considers several policy approaches to facilitate (or incentivize) early graduation and provides caveats and essential policy components for these various approaches: (1) Proficiency-based credit; (2) Virtual high schools; (3) Completion of high school-level material before grade 9; (4)"Dual enrollment plus": Programs that allow students who may have completed high school graduation requirements early to enroll full-time in postsecondary or career/technical courses; and (5) Scholarship incentives for early graduation. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, May 2010)...

50-State View of High School Graduation Requirements in Mathematics and Science MS Word PDF - This document provides readers with a 50-state view of high school graduation requirements in mathematics and science. (Kyle Zinth and Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, April 2006)...

Additional Coursework Options and Requirements - This database provides 50-state information on state policies related to (1) requiring all students to have an individual graduation plan; (2) early graduation; (3) proficiency-based credit; (4) requiring all students to declare a major or career pathway. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

College-Ready Standards - This database provides 50-state information on state policies requiring all students to (1) complete a college/employer-recommended curriculum and (2) take the ACT or SAT. The database also includes disaggregated college-readiness data from the Manhattan Institute. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

Differentiated Diplomas - These databases provide information on states that offer an Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement and/or Technical/Vocational Diploma or Endorsement as an alternative to the standard high school diploma. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

Science and Math Graduation Requirements: Classes of 2006 through 2011 - Many states are increasing the number of mathematics or science units a student must complete to earn a high school diploma. These two documents provide an overview of the trend through the class of 2011 in mathematics and science. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, Updated August 2006)...

Standard High School Graduation Requirements - This database provides 50-state information on high school graduation requirements in all subject areas. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

Diploma Options, Graduation Requirements, and Exit Exams for Youth with Disabilities: 2011 National Study - Trends and consequences of changes in diploma options for youth with disabilities were examined. Authors found that policies were being modified on a regular basis, graduation requirements tend to be increasing in rigor, and more youth with disabilities are taking high-stakes exit exams, but with accommodations. Recommendations include clarifying the implications of developing and granting alternative diploma options. (David R. Johnson, Martha L. Thurlow and Matthew J. Schuelka, National Center on Educational Outcomes, April 2012)...


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