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.
- 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.
- Standard high school graduation requirements
- Honors/college prep diploma or endorsement
- Technical/vocational diploma or endorsement
- Additional coursework options and requirements
- Social studies
- Foreign language
- Other (technology, career/tech, oral communications, life management skills, community service, and other graduation requirements)
- Total number of units
Jennifer Dounay Zinth
PUBLISHED: March 23, 2007
RESOURCE TYPE: 50-State Comparison