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Indiana
40
Iowa
26
Wyoming
26
Connecticut
25
New Mexico
24.5
Alabama
24
DC
24
Hawaii
24
Illinois
24
Massachusetts
24
Mississippi
24
Oregon
24
South Carolina
24
Utah
24
Vermont
24
Washington
24
Pennsylvania
23.5
Colorado
23
Georgia
23
Louisiana
23
Nevada
23
Oklahoma
23
Arizona
22
Arkansas
22
California
22
Delaware
22
Florida
22
Kentucky
22
Maine
22
Nebraska
22
New York
22
North Carolina
22
North Dakota
22
South Dakota
22
Tennessee
22
Texas
22
Virginia
22
West Virginia
22
Minnesota
21.5
Alaska
21
Kansas
21
Maryland
21
Missouri
20
Montana
20
New Hampshire
20
New Jersey
20
Ohio
20
Rhode Island
20
Michigan
18
Wisconsin
15

High School Graduation Requirements by State 2023

High School Graduation Requirements by State 2023

If you were curious about the high school graduation requirements for the class of 2022, you may be in for a considerable research undertaking. The general graduation requirements for most schools are similar across the U.S., but every state has its own curriculum and coursework designs.

High School Graduation Requirements by State

The most simple way to explain it is to say that the high school graduation requirements for each state share many similarities and many differences.

Most states have defined state graduation minimum requirements. These include the number of credits or credit hours completed. Additionally, most states require a certain number of credit hours to be completed in specific subjects. While this varies from state to state, math, English language arts, science, social studies, health, and physical education are the most commonly required subjects with defined credit hour requirements. While the most common number of credit hours is 20-24, Some states only require as few as 13 credits or course units on the low end, while others require as many as 40 to satisfy graduation requirements.

Although the majority of high schools in the country offer standard diplomas, several states also offer alternative diploma options. Six of those states also offer more than one type of standard diploma pursuit. States also may offer learning pathways that give recommendations for students’ high school coursework based on their post-graduation goals. A career pathway, a college pathway, and a technical pathway are common examples.

Exit exams are a newer tool being used by high schools across the country today, in fact, many schools require minimum exit exam scores as a condition of grade promotion and or graduating. By the same token, many states have dropped the exit exams entirely.

Effects of COVID-19

The graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 had much of their final years of high school disrupted and upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many states allowed students to graduate without meeting all of the graduation requirements. This was especially true in states like New York, which normally require passing certain exams to graduate. Because of illness, quarantine, and the inability to administer these exams in person, they were not required for graduation during the height of the pandemic.

High School Today

School isn't what it once was and with today's remote learning options, technological advances, and new types of curriculums and graduation requirements, high school even looks and sounds different today. What we can be certain of though, is that our graduates today are still going into adulthood prepared to lead, succeed, and take us into the future.

There are no standard high school graduation requirements by state guides or cheat sheets. So it is important to check with your school and review each student's path to graduation. The paths to graduation are different for many of us, but the joy and accomplishment of graduation are always the same.

High School Graduation Requirements by State 2023

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State
Required Credits
Notes
Indiana40diploma options
Iowa26
Wyoming26
Connecticut25
New Mexico24.5
Alabama24
District of Columbia24
Hawaii24
Illinois24
Massachusetts24
Mississippi24
Oregon24alternate diploma
South Carolina24
Utah24
Vermont24
Washington24pathways
Pennsylvania23.5pathways
Colorado23
Georgia23
Louisiana2323 (tech)/24 (uni)
Nevada23alternate diploma
Oklahoma23alternate diploma
Arizona22
Arkansas22
California22
Delaware22
Florida22alternate diploma
Kentucky22
Maine22
Nebraska22
New York22alternate diploma
North Carolina22
North Dakota22
South Dakota22
Tennessee22
Texas22alternate diploma
Virginia22
West Virginia22
Minnesota21.5
Alaska21
Kansas21
Maryland21
Missouri20
Montana20
New Hampshire20alternate diploma
New Jersey20
Ohio20
Rhode Island20
Michigan18
Wisconsin15
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High School Graduation Requirements by State 2023

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