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Ok, so I know one of the #1 questions we get is "Where do I start?" and the #1 response? With the laws in your state. Each state has their own rules and requirements. So I thought I'd just start a post where I'll add in an overview of the HS laws in each state. 

Please remember, homeschool laws are subject to change. Use this post as a spring board, not legal advice. The laws in your state may have changed since I posted it.

Happy Learning!
Shannon 

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KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 31, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Washington - 

Washington HS Assoc

Washington

• Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between 8 and 18 (§ 28A.225.010)

• Required Days of Instruction: 180 days or in grades 1-12 "an annual average total instructional hour offering of one thousand hours." (§ 28A.225.010(4), § 28A.195.010(1), §28A.150.220 (1)(b))

• Required Subjects: Occupational education, science, math, language, social studies, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, and the development of an appreciation of art and music. (§ 28A.225.010)

 

• Teacher Qualifications: If using Option I, see #3 below. If using Option II, same as 3(a) below.

• Standardized Tests: Under Option I, either: 
a. Parents must ensure that a standardized test approved by the state board is administered annually to the child by a "qualified" person or, 
b. Have the child evaluated by a certificated person. (§ 28A.200.010(3)) 
c. Neither the results of the standardized achievement test nor the evaluation results need to be submitted to the public schools. The results must be retained by the parents as part of the child's permanent records. (§ 28A.200.010(3))

• Under Option II: Each student's progress must be evaluated by the certificated person. (§ 28A.195.010(4)(d))

• Home schoolers have two options. They can qualify under the home school statute or operate as an extension of a private school.

Option I: Home School Statute. (§ 28A.225.010 and § 28A.200.010) 
1. Home-based instruction consists of "planned and supervised instructional and related educational activities, including a curriculum and instruction in the basic skills [listed under Required Subjects above]." 
2. Parents must provide a number of hours of instruction "equivalent" to the program hours established for approved private schools. (See above.) 
3. Instruction may only be provided by a parent who is either: 
a. instructing his child only and is supervised by a certificated person (i.e., the certificated person and the parent plan educational objectives; the certificated person has a minimum each month of an average of one contact hour per week with the child; and the certificated person evaluates the child's progress); 
b. or instructing his child only and has either forty-five college quarter credits or the equivalent in semester credits or has completed a course in home-based education at a post-secondary institution or a vocational-technical institute; 
c. or "deemed sufficiently qualified to provide home-based instruction by the superintendent of the local school district." 
4. The requirements above "relating to the nature and quantity of instructional and related educational activities shall be liberally construed." (§ 28A.225.010(5)) 
5. Parents must file an annual signed declaration of intent to home school by Sept. 15 of each year "or within two weeks of the beginning of any public school quarter, trimester, or semester" with the local superintendent or with the superintendent of a nonresident district which accepts the home school student as a transfer student under (§ 28A.225.220). "The statement shall include the name and age of the child, shall specify whether a certificated person will be supervising the instruction, and shall be written in a format prescribed by the superintendent of public instruction." (§ 28A.200.010(1)) 
6. "The state hereby recognizes that parents who are causing their children to receive home-based instruction under (28A.225.010(4)) shall be subject only to those minimum state laws and regulations which are necessary to insure that a sufficient basic educational opportunity is provided to the children receiving such instruction. Therefore, all decisions relating to philosophy or doctrine, selection of books, teaching materials, and curriculum, and methods, timing, and place in the provision or evaluation of home-based instruction shall be the responsibility of the parent except for matters specifically referred to in this chapter." (§ 28A.200.020)

Option II: Alternative Statute Allowing for Home Instruction. (§ 28A.225.010(1)(a), 28A.195.010(4)). An approved private school may operate an extension program for parents, guardians, or persons having legal custody of a child to teach children in their custody. These students are considered to be private school students.

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Washington State High School Graduation Requirements
  • English units:  3. Students must complete 3 units English that address reading, writing and communications.
  • Math units:  2
  • Social studies units:  2.5.  Must include 1 unit U.S. history and government, .5 unit Washington State History and Government and 1 unit "contemporary world history, geography and problems."
  • Science units:  2, incl. 1 lab science
  • P.E./Health units:  2. 2 units "health and fitness."
  • Arts:  1 unit arts
  • Foreign language:  0
  • Electives units:  5.5.  "Restricted elective" unit no longer required, just 5.5 units electives.
  • Other units:  1 unit "Occupational Education."  "Occupational education" means credits resulting from a series of learning experiences designed to assist the student to acquire and demonstrate competency of skills under student learning goal four [Student Learning Goal 4: "Understand the importance of work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities"] and which skills are required for success in current and emerging occupations. At a minimum, these competencies shall align with the definition of an exploratory course as proposed or adopted in the career and technical education program standards of the superintendent of public instruction."
TOTAL # units:  19

Other diploma options:  State offers honors designation option and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma option.

Notes:
  • Community colleges are authorized to award high school diplomas, provided they adhere to state board requirements for high schools
  • In addition to Carnegie unit requirements, all students must complete a "culminating project" and a "high school and beyond plan." "The [culminating] project consists of the student demonstrating both their learning competencies and preparations related to learning goals three and four. Each district shall define the process to implement this graduation requirement, including assessment criteria, in written district policy." The High School and Beyond Plan is to be "an education plan for their high school experience, including what they expect to do the year following graduation."
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

West Virginia

West Virginia Home Educators Assoc

West Virginia

• Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between 6 (when birthday is reached before September 1, or upon enrolling in a publicly supported kindergarten program) and 16. (§ 18-8-1(a))

• Required Days of Instruction: Under "notice" option, none; under "approval" option, 180    days. (§ 18-5-45)

• Required Subjects: Under "notice" option, none (but students must be tested in certain subjects, see "Standardized Tests" below). Under "approval" option, school board has discretion concerning which subjects are required. WV Code § 18-8-1(c).

• Teacher Qualifications:
   Option 1: Instruction must be by a person who, in the judgment of the county superintendent and county board, is qualified to give instruction in subjects required to be taught in public elementary schools;

   Option 2: Parent must have high school diploma or equivalent under "notice" option. 
   Standardized Tests: None for "approval" option. For "notice" option, submit an assessment to superintendent by June 30. Four alternatives are available under (§18-8-1(c)(2)(D)): 
   1. Standardized test 
   a. Use any nationally-normed, standardized test published not more than 10 years previously; 
   b. Must be administered according to instructions of test publisher; 
   c. Must cover reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies; 
   d. Public school must cover cost if child is tested as part of public school's regular testing program; otherwise, parents pay; 
   e. "Acceptable progress" is defined as when the mean of the test results in the required areas is at the 50th percentile or higher OR if there is improvement from the previous year's results; 
   f. Parents are not allowed to administer the test.

   2. Portfolio 
   a. Certified teacher (must include certification number) must review samples of child's work; 
   b. Certified teacher must write a narrative; 
   c. Narrative must indicate a portfolio of samples of child's work has been reviewed; 
   d. Narrative must include a statement about progress in the areas of reading, language, math, science, and social studies; 
   e. Narrative must note if any of those areas show need for improvement or remediation; 
   f. Narrative must indicate that "the child's academic progress for the year is in accordance with the child's abilities" (this constitutes "acceptable progress").

   3. State Testing Program 
   a. Child may participate in "the testing program currently in use in the state's public schools;" 
   b. Test must be administered at local public school; 
   c. "Acceptable progress" definition is based on "current guidelines of the state testing program."

   4. Alternative Assessment 
   a. If superintendent agrees, child may complete any alternative academic assessment of proficiency; 
   b. "Acceptable progress" must be determined by agreement between superintendent and parents.

• If assessment under one of the options above does not show acceptable progress, 18-8-1(c)(2)(D) states: 
   a. County must notify parents in writing of services available to assess eligibility for special education services; 
   b. Parents must initiate remedial program (it does not need to be submitted to or approved by the school system) to foster acceptable progress; 
   c. If acceptable progress is not shown for a second consecutive year, parents must submit to superintendent "additional evidence" that appropriate instruction is being provided;

• Home School Statute: (§ 18-8-1(c)) creates two homeschool options, "approval" and "notice."

   Option 1. "Approval Option:" Subsection (c)(1) allows a school board to approve homeschooling. 
   a. Instruction must be in a place approved by the board; 
   b. Instruction must be for a time equal to the school term of the county; 
   c. If requested, family must furnish attendance, instruction and progress information; 
   d. School board may deny approval for "good and reasonable justification" (denial must be in writing).

   Option 2. "Notice Option:" Under subsection (c)(2), parents may homeschool after filing a notice (no particular form is required). If the child is enrolled in a public school, it    must be filed two weeks before the start of the home school program.  The notice must state that the parents intend to provide home instruction. It must    include the child's name, address, age, and grade level, an outline of a plan of    instruction for the year, and evidence of the parent's high school diploma or equivalent.

 Alternative Statutes Allowing for Home Schools:

   A group of parents may form a private, parochial, church, religious or "other nonpublic school" under §18-8-1(k). The school must comply with the requirements of (18-28-1,    et seq)

Reference: Click Here


West Virginia State High School Graduation Requirements 
  • English units:  4.  English 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Math units:  3-4.  Students in professional and skilled pathways must complete 1 of 4 career major units in math "including Algebra I and two other courses above Algebra I. Successful completion of Applied Math I and II is equivalent to an Algebra I credit and a credit for a course prior to Algebra I.  All students must take Algebra I or its equivalent prior to the end of the 10th grade."
  • Social studies units:  4. Must include United States to 1900, World Studies to 1900 and Twentieth/Twenty-First Centuries. Fourth unit must be civics/government.
  • Science units:  3 lab.  Coordinated and Thematic Science (CATS) 9 and 10 and a course above the CATS 10 level. Students in professional pathway must complete 1 of the 4 career concentration units in science (unit must be above CATS 10).
  • Eff. Class of 2012: 3 lab, incl. 1 unit physical science, 1 unit biology and 1 unit chemistry. All students must take physical science, biology and chemistry in consecutive order. Professional pathway must complete 4th unit science, which must be above physical science.
  • P.E./Health units:  2.  1 unit each P.E. and health.
  • Arts:  1
  • Foreign language:  0. "All students are strongly encouraged to complete two credits in a foreign language." Students in professional pathway must complete 2 of 4 career major units in foreign language.
  • Electives units: 3
    • Eff. Class of 2012: 2
  • Other units:  4.  Students must choose to complete 4 units in career concentration area in professional pathway, skilled pathway or entry pathway. Professional pathway concentration requires 4th unit math, 4th unit science and 2 units in one foreign language. Skilled pathway requires 4th unit math and 3 units in a concentration. Entry pathway requires 4 units in a concentration. "Prior to students selecting concentrations, opportunities for career decision-making must be provided in grades 9-10."
  • Eff. Class of 2012: Entry pathway is eliminated. Professional pathway requires 4th science unit (above level of physical science), 2 units foreign language, a 1 unit in a concentration. Skilled pathway requires 4 units in a concentration. "Students in grades 9-12 shall be provided integrated opportunities within the core requirements to master the [state technology] standards .... It is recommended that all students take at least one course in technology applications during grades 9-12. It is also recommended that all students complete an online learning experience during grades 9-12."
TOTAL # units     24

Other diploma options:  State does not have honors/college prep or technical diploma pathways, but does require the state board of education to award certificates of achievement to "students whose educational programs in grades 9-12 merit special recognition...." State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit. 

Notes: Students must also complete work-based learning, which is to be determined at the local level. Students must complete these 4 units in one of three "pathways": the professional pathway, for those going on to a bachelor's degree; the skilled pathway, for those going on to an associate's degree or postsecondary certificate; or the entry pathway, for those going directly into the workforce after high school. Four units to be completed in career major choices vary by pathway.
      * Eff. Class of 2012: All high school students must "be fully enrolled in a full day of high school and/or college credit bearing courses. It is recommended that students complete a senior project to add rigor and relevance to the senior year."
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Wisconsin - 

Wisconsin Parents Assoc

Wisconsin

 Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between 6 and 18. (6 by September 1) §§ 118.14 and 118.15).

 Required Days of Instruction: "at least 875 hours of instruction each school year."
   (§ 118.15(4), § 118.165(c))

 Required Subjects: Reading, language arts, math, social studies, science and health. (§ 118.165(d))

Teacher Qualifications: None.

 Standardized Tests: None.

 Home School Statute: Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.15(4), § 118.165(1).

   1. Definition: A "home-based private educational program" is a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child's parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one family is not a home-based private educational program. (§ 115.001(3g)). However, a home schooling mother can be "a person designated" by another parent to do the teaching for their student. In this case, however, the parents should still file a statement of enrollment (see #2 below) for their own children. 
   2. By October 15 each year the parents must submit a statement of enrollment to the department of education, indicating whether the home school meets all the requirements under § 118.165. (§ 115.30(3))
   3. "Instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all of the criteria under § 118.165(1) may be substituted for attendance at public or private school." (§ 118.15(4)). The § 118.165(1) criteria are: 
       a. "Primary purpose of the program is to provide private or religious-based education," 
       b. "The program is privately controlled," 
       c.  The program provides at least 875 hours of instruction, 
       d.  The program "provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental  instruction" in the Required Subjects: (which "does not require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic or practice in conflict with the program's religious doctrines," or exclude any such topic), and 
       e.   The program is not operated to circumvent the compulsory attendance law.

   The state Department of Education will issue a simple form where the parent simply checks true or false for each of the items above.

Reference: Click Here 


Wisconsin State High School Graduation Requirements
  • English units:  4
  • Math units:  2.  Must include "instruction in the properties, processes, and symbols of arithmetic and elements of algebra, geometry, and statistics."
  • Social studies units:  3.  Must include instruction in state and local government.
  • Science units:  2. Must include "instruction in the biological sciences and physical sciences."
  • P.E./Health units:  2.  Includes 1.5 units p.e. and .5 unit health. .5 unit in health education must be earned sometime in grades 7-12.
  • Arts:  0
  • Foreign language:  0
  • Electives units:  0
  • Other units:  0. A local board may require students to "participate in community service activities" to earn a high school diploma.
TOTAL # units:  13 units 
  * 13 units includes .5 unit of health education which must be earned sometime in grades 7-12. In addition to the 12.5 units set forth to be earned during grades 9-12, "the state superintendent encourages boards to require a minimum of 8.5 additional credits in vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts and other courses" (for a total of 21 units, or 21.5, including the health unit to be completed between grades 7-12).

Other diploma options:  State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit. 

Notes:  Every local board must establish high school graduation criteria in addition to the state-level requirements; such criteria must include students' academic performance and teachers' recommendations.
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM
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Wyoming 

Homeschoolers of Wyoming

Wyoming

 Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between 7 (on or before September 15 of any year) and 16 or completed the tenth grade…." (§ 21-4-102).

 Required Days of Instruction: 175 days. (§ 21-4-301)

 Required Subjects: A "'basic academic educational program' is one that provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in reading, writing, math, civics, history, literature, and science." (§ 21-4-101(a)(vi)).

Teacher Qualifications: None.

 Standardized Tests: None.

Home School Statute: Wyo. Stat. §§ 21-4-101,-102.

   1. Parents must annually submit a curriculum to the local board of trustees showing that a "basic academic educational program" is provided. (§ 21-4-102 (b)) 
   2. "These curriculum requirements do not require any private school or home-based educational program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic or practice in conflict with its religious doctrines or to exclude from its curriculum any concept, topic or practice consistent with its religious doctrines." (§ 21-4-101(a)(vi)) 
   3. Failure to submit a curriculum showing compliance is prima facie evidence that the home-based education program does not meet the requirements of the statute. (§ 21-4-102(b)) 
   4. An instructional program provided to more than one family unit does not constitute a home-based educational program. (§ 21-4-101(a)(v))

 Alternative Statutes Allowing for Home Schools: Wyo. Stat. § 21-4-101(a)(iv).

 If a home school is "one operated under the auspices or control of a local church or religious congregation or a denomination," it may be regarded as a parochial, church, or religious school. This exempts the school from state regulation because the statute says that nothing under §§ 21-4- 102(b), 21-2-401, or 21-2-406 "grants to the state of Wyoming…any right or authority to control, manage, [or] supervise…any parochial, church, or religious school."

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Wyoming State High School Graduation Requirements
  • English units:  4.  Diplomas must indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in language arts. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas which include language arts.
  • Math units:  3.  Diplomas must indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in math. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas which include math.
  • Social studies units:  3.  Must include "history, American government and economic systems and institutions, provided business instructors" may teach economic systems and institutions courses. Students must also pass an exam on the principles of the U.S. and Wyoming constitutions.
  • Science units:  3.  Diplomas must indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in science. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas which include science.
  • P.E./Health units:  0.  Diplomas must indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in health and physical education. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas, two of which are health and physical education.
  • Arts:  0.  Diplomas must indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in fine and performing arts. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas, which include fine and performing arts.
  • Foreign language:  0.  Diplomas must indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in foreign language. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas, which include foreign language.
  • Electives units:  0
  • Other units:  0.  Diplomas must indicate a level of endorsement. Comprehensive endorsement: Standard reqts. + proficient performance on common core of knowledge and skills in career/vocational education. General endorsement: Proficient performance in a majority of 9 subject areas, which include career/vocational education.
Sebastian662
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM
1 mom liked this

Thank you.

Your Awesome, to do this for myself and everyone else in this forum.

The support and knowledge is incredible.


Many thanks,


Remy11
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM
Wow lots of work!! Kudos Mama!! Homeschooling law is so complicated from State to state! I live in MA and we have it easy.. It is difficult if you move though as the individual school district govern the requirements so they change from town to town.
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Apr. 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Aw, you're very welcome! I was somewhat surprised to realize we hadn't done it yet..lol

Quoting Sebastian662:

Thank you.

Your Awesome, to do this for myself and everyone else in this forum.

The support and knowledge is incredible.


Many thanks,



letstalk747
by on Apr. 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

thank you for posting these Shannon , very nice of you

usmom3
by BJ on Apr. 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

 Those graduation requirements are not in the homeschool laws! They are for public schools because they are from the Texas Education Agency they do not apply to homeschoolers, it is clearly stated that homeschools are privet schools in Texas & the Texas Education Agency has no control or say over them!

This link helps explain graduation requirments & all that comes after graduation!

 http://thsc.org/2012/08/graduation/

Quoting KickButtMama:

Texas - 

Tx HS Coalition

Texas

• Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between 6 (or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade) and 18. If a child is 17 but has been issued an equivalency certificate, that child is exempt. (§ 25.085(b))

• Required Days of Instruction: 180 days. Only required for public schools. (§ 25.081)

• Required Subjects: Good citizenship, math, reading, spelling and grammar.

• Standardized Tests: None.

• Alternative Statutes Allowing for Home Schools:
   "Any child in attendance upon a private or parochial school which shall include in its course a study of good citizenship" is exempt from the requirements of compulsory attendance. (§ 25.086(a)(1))
   Since this law does not specifically mention home schooling, the Texas Education Agency announced that home schooling was illegal in 1985. After over 80 innocent home school families were criminally prosecuted for truancy, Home school plaintiffs filed a class action suit against every school district in Texas (over 1,000). The class action suit, Leeper v. Arlington Indep. School Dist., No. 17-88761-85 Tarrant County 17th Judicial Ct. Apr. 13, 1987), resulted in a trial level decision in favor of home schooling. The court ruled that: 
   a. Home schools can legally operate as private schools in Texas; 
   b. Article 7, section 2 of the Texas Constitution only authorizes the legislature to establish and maintain public education, not private or parochial 
   c. Home schools must be conducted in a bona fide manner, using a written curriculum consisting of reading, spelling, grammar, math and a course in good citizenship; no other requirements apply. 

• College Admission: Homeschool graduates are specifically protected by law from discrimination by Texas colleges: "Because the State of Texas considers successful completion of a nontraditional secondary education to be equivalent to graduation from a public high school, an institution of higher education must treat an applicant for admission to the institution as an undergraduate student who presents evidence that the person has successfully completed a nontraditional secondary education according to the same general standards as other applicants for undergraduate admission who have graduated from a public high school." (Texas Education Code, Chapter 51,  Subchapter Z, Section 51.9241)

Reference: Click Here 


Texas State High School Graduation Requirements 
  • English units:  
    • Minimum program: 4
    • Recommended program: 4
  • Math units:  Recommended program:  4, incl. Algebra I and II and geometry. Fourth credit must selected from specified math courses higher than Algebra II. 
    • Minimum program3, incl. Algebra I and geometry
  • Social studies units:  Recommended program: 4
    • Minimum program: 3. Same as recommended but students choose between 1 unit World History Studies or World Geography Studies
    • Recommended: Must include 1 unit World History Studies, 1 unit World Geography Studies, 1 unit U.S. History Studies Since Reconstruction, and .5 unit each of economics and U.S. Government.
  • Science units:  
    • Recommended program: 4, incl. biology. Two add'l credits must be chosen from
      •     (i) integrated physics and chemistry;
      •     (ii) chemistry; and
      •     (iii) physics or Principles of Technology I. Fourth unit to be chosen from state-approved lab science courses.
    • Recommended program, eff. Class of 2016: 4 units, with 3 selected from one of each category:
      •     (i) biology;
      •     (ii) chemistry;
      •     (iii) physics or Principles of Technology I. Fourth unit to be chosen from state-approved lab science courses.
    • Notes/Citation: Recommended: Biology credit must be taken in biology, Advanced Placement Biology or International Baccalaureate Biology. The other two units must be chosen from (a) Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC); (b) Chemistry, AP Chemistry or IB Chemistry; and (c) Physics, Principles of Technology I, AP Physics or IB Physics.
  • P.E./Health units:  Recommended and Minimum programs: 2.  Must include 1.5 units p.e. and .5 unit health education.
  • Arts:  
    • Minimum program: 0
    • Recommended program: 1
  • Foreign language:  
    • Minimum program: 0
    • Recommended program: 2Notes/Citation: 2 units in 1 foreign language
  • Electives units:  
    • Minimum program: 6.5
    • Recommended program: 3.5.  "All students who wish to complete the Recommended High School Program are encouraged to study each of the four foundation curriculum areas (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) every year in high school." Minimum: Must include 5.5 general electives and 1 unit "academic elective" chosen from World History Studies, World Geography Studies or any state board-approved science course.
  • Other units:  Recommended and Minimum program: 1.5.  Must include .5 unit speech credit ("Communication Applications") and 1 unit technology applications.
  • TOTAL # units:  
    • Minimum program: 22
    • Recommended program: 26

 

Other diploma options:  State offers honors/college prep curriculum option and proficiency-based credit option. State does not offer technical diploma pathway. 

Technical notes and citations:  All students must complete the recommended or distinguished program unless the student, student's parent and school counselor or administrator agree the student should complete the minimum program. Recommended program: "All students who wish to complete the Recommended High School Program are encouraged to study each of the four foundation curriculum areas (English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies) every year in high school."

 

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Apr. 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM

I believe the Texas graduation req's were included, not as a part of the law, but more as what you should be aiming for, like an idea of what the ps is doing, like what colleges expect on transcripts? Idk. I live in CT and we have Zero requirements. Lol.. These are just what I found when doing research.

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