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Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
In an effort to encourage students to meet higher expectations, a number of states award advanced high school diplomas to students who complete additional coursework, take certain tests, achieve high test scores, and/or graduate with a minimum grade point average. This recognition of achievement can take the form of an endorsement, seal or stamp on a student's diploma or transcript; or a higher level diploma. Units are expressed as greater than or less than the standard diploma in the state.

Currently 21 states offer or plan to offer an honors or college prep diploma or endorsement. This number does not include the District of Columbia and two additional states (Oklahoma and West Virginia) that allow local districts the option of offering a more advanced diploma, or the two states (North Carolina and Tennessee) that offer a college prep course of studies that is the default alternative to a technical prep diploma.

The "Notes" section for each state indicates whether the state has statewide college admissions course requirements and whether the honors/college prep diploma requirements are fully aligned with those requirements.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Last update: January 30, 2008

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.
Alabama
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
State offers Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement. This will cease to be the honors diploma eff. Class of 2013, when this option becomes the first choice diploma option for students in the state.
English units (H/CP) Same as std. (4)
Math units (H/CP) Same # units as std. (4) but 1 more rigorous course (Algebra II with Trigonometry)
Eff. Class of 2013: These requirements will be equal to the requirements for standard diploma, when the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement becomes the first choice diploma.
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std. (4)
Science units (H/CP) Same as std. (4, incl. 1 unit each biology and physical science)
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std. (1 unit p.e. and .5 unit health)
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std. (1 unit arts education)
Foreign Language units (H/CP) 2 units in the same foreign language. (0 units reqd. for std.)
Eff. Class of 2013: These requirements will be equal to the requirements for standard diploma, when the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement becomes the first choice diploma.

Notes/Citation: "Students may earn the advanced career/technical and the advanced academic endorsement concurrently if the elective credits ... are used to earn the required credits in foreign language."
Electives units (H/CP) 3.5 (5.5 reqd. for std.)
Eff. Class of 2013: These requirements will be equal to the requirements for standard diploma, when the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement becomes the first choice diploma.

Notes/Citation: "Students may earn the advanced career/technical and the advanced academic endorsement concurrently if the elective credits ... are used to earn the required credits in foreign language."
Other units (H/CP) Same as std. (.5 unit computer applications)

Notes/Citation: Computer Applications "may be waived if competencies outlined in the computer applications course are demonstrated to qualified staff in the local school system. The designated one credit shall then be added to the elective credits, making a total of three elective credits."
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Same as std. (24)
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Honors diploma is called the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement. Eff. Class of 2013, this option will become the first choice diploma option for students in the state.

Eff. Class of 2013 (for all diploma options), students must complete an online/technology enhanced course or experience. Exceptions through Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) will be allowed.

Alabama does not have state-set college admissions course requirements.
ALA. ADMIN. CODE R. 290-3-1-.02

Arkansas
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement No
Technical notes and citations (H/CP)

California
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes

Notes/Citation: State offers the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma.
English units (H/CP)
Same as std. (3)
Math units (H/CP) Same as std. (2, incl. Algebra I)
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std. (3)
Science units (H/CP) Same as std. (2)

P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Same as std.
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std.
Other units (H/CP) Same as std. (0)
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Same as std.
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) The Golden State Seal Merit Diploma is awarded to any student who completes all diploma requirements and demonstrates mastery of the curriculum in at least six subjects, four of which must be math, English, science and U.S. history, with the student choosing the other two subjects.

Legislation directs the state board to determine the means by which students may demonstrate mastery of the curriculum, and provides that these may include any subject matter examinations deemed appropriately rigorous by the state board, including exams administered by the department, or produced by private providers or local education agencies. The state board has determined that a demonstration of mastery means earning a scaled score of 370 or above on a California Standards Test (CST), or a performance level of recognition, honors or high honors on a Golden State Examination (GSE). Mastery must be demonstrated on six separate GSEs or high school level CSTs, not including the Algebra I CST, General Mathematics CST, and Integrated Mathematics 1 CST. Students are not allowed to use both a CST and the GSE in the same course of study to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum.
CAL. EDUC. CODE § 51450, 51451, 51452, 51453, 51454, 51455; CAL. CODE REGS. tit. 5, § 876

Delaware
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement No

District of Columbia
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement No (see notes)
Notes/Citation: However, "the Superintendent of Schools may establish special courses of study which lead to the high school diploma (such as academic, performing arts, science and mathematics, career or vocational education, or other areas of concentration)." In addition, "Each student who satisfactorily completes the requirements for a special course of study shall receive appropriate recognition on the student's diploma."
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) D.C. MUN. REGS., tit. 5, § 2202, 2203

Florida
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement No
Technical notes and citations (H/CP)

Georgia
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State offers College Preparatory with Distinction (CP+) program. "College Preparatory" (CP) program described in "standard" graduation requirements section. College Preparatory and College Preparatory with Distinction programs will be eliminated effective with the Class of 2012, in favor of uniform graduation requirements for all students.
English units (H/CP) Same for all diplomas
Math units (H/CP) Same as College Prep
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as College Prep
Science units (H/CP) Same as College Prep
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same for all diplomas
Arts units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: In addition to 1 unit "Computer Technology and/or Fine Arts and/or Technology/Career preparatory and/or Foreign Language" for all 4 diploma options, CP+ students must complete 2 units "state electives from core areas" [English, math, science, social studies and foreign language] and/or fine arts.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: In addition to 1 unit "Computer Technology and/or Fine Arts and/or Technology/Career preparatory and/or Foreign Language" for all 4 diploma options and 2 units foreign language required for CP and CP+ seals, CP+ students must complete 2 units "state electives from core areas" [English, math, science, social studies and foreign language] and/or fine arts.
Electives units (H/CP) College Prep+2
Notes/Citation: 2 units of "state electives from core areas" [English, math, science, social studies and foreign language] and/or fine arts.
Other units (H/CP) Same as College Prep
TOTAL # units (H/CP) 24 (CP and TC+2)
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) These requirements refer to the College Preparatory with Distinction (CP+) diploma option. Georgia does not have a "standard" diploma but four options: College Preparatory (CP), College Preparatory with Distinction (CP+), Technology/Career-Preparatory (TC), and Technology/Career Preparatory with Distinction (TC+). The College Preparatory and Technology/Career Preparatory requirements are included in the "standard" diploma requirements in this database. In addition to course requirements, to earn the CP+ seal, a student must have a g.p.a. of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the core courses [English, math, science, social studies and foreign language] or at least an 80 numeric g.p.a. It is not clear as of January 2006 if the college prep diploma is fully aligned with college entrance course requirements.
GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-4-2-.47 and -48

Hawaii
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes, eff. Class of 2010
English units (H/CP) Same as std.
Math units (H/CP) Same as std.
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std.
Science units (H/CP) Same as std.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Same as std.
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std.
Other units (H/CP) See notes (std. + 1 unit senior project)
Notes/Citation: Students must complete 2 units in World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education, .5 unit personal/transition plan and 1 unit "Senior Project".
TOTAL # units (H/CP) 25 (std.=24)
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Effective Class of 2010. The Board of Education Recognition Diploma recipient must complete the additional Senior Project unit and earn at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Hawaii does not have statewide college admissions course requirements.
Hawaii State BOE Policy 4540

Indiana
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State currently has the Academic Honors Diploma. Effective with the Class of 2010, it will be replaced by the Core 40 diploma with academic honors and the Core 40 diploma with technical honors (technical honors diploma requirements set forth in "technical diploma" section of this database).
English units (H/CP) Same as std. (see notes)
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Same as std.
Notes/Citation: Must include literature, composition and speech. Eff. Class of 2010: Must include "a balance of" these three.
Math units (H/CP) Std.+2
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Std.+2
Notes/Citation: Must include geometry and algebra II or integrated mathematics II and III, and at least one of the following: precalculus/trigonometry; probability and statistics; discrete mathematics; Advanced Placement Calculus AB or BC; Advanced Placement Statistics; or advanced math for college credit. Eff. Class of 2010: Must include one of the following course sequences: (1) Algebra I, geometry, algebra II and 1 additional unit in Core 40 mathematics courses or (2) Integrated mathematics I, II, III and one additional unit in Core 40 math courses. "The student is strongly recommended to" complete 1 unit math in the final year of high school.
Social studies units (H/CP) Std.+1
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Std.+1 (see notes)
Notes/Citation: "In addition to required courses in government and United States history, social studies credits must include courses with a major emphasis on economics and geography or world history." Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Same as reqts. for Core 40 Eff. Class of 2010.
Science units (H/CP) Std.+1
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Std.+1
Notes/Citation: Must include 1 unit biology, 1 unit chemistry, physics or integrated chemistry-physics, and 1 unit chosen from "chemistry, physics, earth and space science, advanced biology, advanced chemistry, advanced environmental science, or advanced physics; or a program of equal rigor." Eff. Class of 2010: 1 unit biology, 1 unit chemistry, physics or integrated chemistry-physics, and 1 additional unit in Core 40 science courses (same as Core 40 eff. Class of 2010).
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Std.+1 (Std.=0)
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Std.+1 (Std=0)
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Std.+3 or 4 (Std=0)
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Std.+3 or 4 (Std.=0)
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2010: Foreign language credits must be completed in Core 40 foreign language courses. Credit for junior high coursework no longer accepted.
Electives units (H/CP) 4.5 or 5.5
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: 3.5 or 4.5
Notes/Citation: Pre-2010: Student who completes 3 units foreign language must complete 5.5 units electives; student who completes 4 units foreign language must complete 4.5 units electives. Eff. Class of 2010: Student who completes 3 units foreign language must complete 4.5 elective units; student who completes 4 units foreign language must complete 3.5 elective units.
Other units (H/CP) 0
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: 0
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Std.+3.5
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Std.+3.5
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) "Only courses that have been approved by the department ... in which a student has earned a grade of 'C' or above may count toward an academic honors diploma." Student must also have minimum 'B' grade point average. The district must "note the awarding of an academic honors diploma on the student's grade transcript" and must "inform students, parents and guardians of the availability of an academic honors diploma." Indiana does not currently have statewide college admissions requirements.
Alternatively, students may earn an academic honors diploma by completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.
Eff. Class of 2010: Core 40 diploma with academic honors: Only Core 40 courses in English, social studies, math, science, health and wellness, Physical Education I, world languages and fine arts may be counted toward this diploma. "The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 'B' or above in all courses." Students are encouraged to complete a career-academic sequence. In addition, the student must complete one of the following: (1) Two units in 2 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the corresponding tests. (2) Dual enrollment resulting in 6 transferable college credits. (3) One AP course and corresponding test and dual enrollment course(s) resulting in 3 transferable college credits. (4) SAT exam, with a composite score of 1200 or higher. (5) ACT exam, with a composite score of 26 or higher. (6) The International Baccalaureate diploma. Effective with the entering college freshmen in the 2011-2012 school year, the Core 40 curriculum required of all high school students will be the curriculum required for admission to a four-year public postsecondary institution in the state.
IND. ADMIN. CODE tit. 511, r. 6-7-6.5, 6-7-9, 6-7.1-6, 6-7.1-9

Kentucky
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State offers Commonwealth Diploma
English units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: Students must complete 4 units in English, including 1 AP or IB English course, in which student must receive "C" or better. Student must complete 1 additional IB or AP course (AP chosen from "English, science, foreign language, history, computer science, political science, music, or art")
Math units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: 3 units math, including Algebra I and geometry, required for std. diploma. Commonwealth Diploma recipient must have completed Algebra I or II, geometry, a math elective, and earn a "C" or better in an AP or IB course chosen from biology, chemistry, physics or math. (Math elective may be AP or IB math course.)
Social studies units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: 3 units required for std. diploma. 2 units, including World Civilization and U.S. History) required for Commonwealth diploma, and a "C" or better in an IB course, or an AP course chosen from English, science, foreign language, history, computer science, political science, music, or art.
Science units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: 3 units science, including life science, physical science, and earth and space science, required for standard diploma. Commonwealth diploma recipients must complete 2 units (Biology I or Chemistry I, or Physics I, and 1 elective) and earn a "C" or better in 1 IB or AP unit chosen from biology, chemistry, or physics, or mathematics. Students must also complete an additional IB or AP course (AP chosen from English, science, foreign language, history, computer science, political science, music, or art).
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: Std.+students must receive a "C" or higher in an IB course, or AP course chosen from English, science, foreign language, history, computer science, political science, music, or art.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) 1 AP or IB course (Std.=0)
Notes/Citation: Students must receive a "C" or higher in AP French, German, Latin or Spanish, or IB French or Spanish. Students must also receive a "C" or higher in an IB course, or AP course chosen from English, science, foreign language, history, computer science, political science, music, or art.
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std.
Other units (H/CP) See notes (Std.=0)
Notes/Citation: Students must receive a "C" or higher in an IB course, or AP course chosen from English, science, foreign language, history, computer science, political science, music, or art.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) 22
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) In addition to course requirements, students must complete an AP exam in at least three of four areas: English, science or math, foreign language and an elective. Students do not need to attain minimum score on AP tests. Commonwealth Diploma requirements aligned with state-set college admissions course requirements.
704 KY. ADMIN. REGS. 3:340

Louisiana
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State offers an academic endorsement to the standard diploma rather than a separate honors diploma to students meeting specified criteria.
English units (H/CP) Same as std.
Math units (H/CP) Same as std.
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std.
Science units (H/CP) Same as std.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Same as std.
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std.
Other units (H/CP) Same as std.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Same as std.
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Prior to the Class of 2011, a student may receive an academic endorsement to the standard diploma by (1) completing an academic area of concentration (meeting course requirements for the Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) Opportunity Award plus an additional unit in math, science or social studies; (2) passing all components of the graduation exam or specified combinations of scores; (3) completing one of the following requirements: i. senior project; ii. one carnegie unit in an AP course with a score of three or higher on the AP exam; iii. one carnegie unit in an IB course with a score of four or higher on the IB exam; or iv. three college hours of non-remedial, articulated credit in mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language, or English language arts; (4) meeting the minimum grade point average for the TOPS Opportunity Award; and (5) earning an ACT composite score of at least 23 or the SAT equivalent.

Eff. Class of 2011, rather than completing an academic area of concentration, students must complete the Core 4 curriculum that will become the default high school curriculum eff. Class of 2012. All other requirements (2-5 above) remain the same. Eff. Class of 2012, academic endorsement criteria (as well as Core 4 default curriculum eff. Class of 2012) aligned with state-set college admissions course requirements.
LA. ADMIN CODE tit. 28, pt. CXV, § 2319

Massachusetts
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State offers "certificate of mastery."
English units (H/CP) Same as std.
Math units (H/CP) Same as std.
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std.
Science units (H/CP) Same as std.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Same as std.
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std.
Other units (H/CP) Same as std.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Same as std.
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) To qualify as a candidate for a Certificate of Mastery, a student must earn an "Advanced" score on at least one grade 10 Massachsuetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test subject, and score "Advanced" or "Proficient" on the other grade 10 MCAS test subjects. In addition, "To qualify for the Certificate of Mastery, a Candidate for the Certificate of Mastery must submit evidence establishing that he or she met or surpassed the performance standards established in 603 CMR 31.04(3) in one of the following combinations of accomplishments, with at least one accomplishment in the fields of Art/Humanities if the Candidate did not score Advanced on the grade 10 English MCAS, and at least one accomplishment in the fields of Mathematics/Science if the Candidate did not score Advanced on the grade 10 Mathematics or Science and Technology MCAS: (a) Two SAT II exams; (b) Two AP exams; (c) One SAT II exam and one AP exam; (d) One SAT II exam and one Other Achievement; or (e) One AP exam and one Other Achievement. (3) To qualify as an accomplishment for the purposes of 603 CMR 31.04 (1) and (2), a Student must meet the following levels of performance: (a) A score of three on an AP exam; (b) A score on an SAT II exam determined by the Department to be comparable to a score of three on an AP exam where there exist SAT II and AP exams in the same subject area; provided that, in subject areas where there are no corresponding AP exams, a Student must achieve a score designated by the Department...." The Certificate of Mastery requirements are not aligned with state-set college admissions course requirements.
MASS. GEN. LAWS ANN. ch. 69, § 1D; MASS. REGS. CODE tit. 603, § 31.01 ff.

Missouri
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes (see notes)
Notes/Citation: State offers College Preparatory Studies Certificate (CPSC), to be awarded in addition to the regular high school diploma.
English units (H/CP) Std.+1
Notes/Citation: 2 of the units "must be in courses emphasizing composition or writing skills."
Math units (H/CP) Std.+1 (including Algebra I + higher)
Social studies units (H/CP) Std.+1
Notes/Citation: Must include 1 unit U.S. history and .5 unit government.
Science units (H/CP) 2, including 1 lab science (see notes)
Notes/Citation: Must include 1 unit lab course in biology, chemistry or physics.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) 0 (see notes)
Notes/Citation: 2 units in same foreign language are strongly recommended, but not required. Students must complete at least 3 units chosen from foreign language and other core subject areas.
Electives units (H/CP) Std.-1
Notes/Citation: Students must complete 9 units, comprised of 3 units "specified core electives" and 6 units "general electives."
Other units (H/CP) Same as std.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) 24 (Std+2)
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) "The Missouri State Board of Education awards the College Preparatory Studies Certificate (CPSC) to Missouri students who successfully complete a rigorous academic program in high school. The certificate is awarded in addition to the regular high school diploma granted by local school districts." Students must also attain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in English, math, science and social studies by the end of the 7th or 8th semester of high school, and score above the previous year's "national composite average mean" on the ACT or SAT. The course requirements for this certificate are aligned with Missouri college entrance requirements, although completion of the requirements "does not ensure admission to a specific" institution. "Awarding the College Preparatory Studies Certificate is voluntary on the part of school districts."
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS IN MISSOURI'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Guidelines for Principals, Counselors and Other School Personnel, September 2002

Nevada
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State offers "advanced diploma."
English units (H/CP) Same as std.
Math units (H/CP) Same as std.
Social studies units (H/CP) Std.+1
Notes/Citation: Same as std. plus 1 unit "social studies."
Science units (H/CP) Std.+1
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Same as std. (0)
Electives units (H/CP) Std.-.5
Other units (H/CP) Same as std.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) 24 (Std.=22.5)
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Advanced diploma requirements not fully aligned with state-set college admissions course requirements.
NEV. ADMIN. CODE ch. 389, § 663, 664

New York
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: Students may earn Regents diploma with an advanced designation, Regents diploma with honors or a Regents diploma with advanced designation with honors.
English units (H/CP) See notes
Math units (H/CP) See notes
Social studies units (H/CP) See notes
Science units (H/CP) See notes
P.E./Health units (H/CP) See notes
Arts units (H/CP) See notes
Foreign Language units (H/CP) See notes
Electives units (H/CP) See notes
Other units (H/CP) See notes
TOTAL # units (H/CP) See notes
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Regents diploma with honors or the Regents diploma with advanced designation with honors: Student must score at least 90% on all Regents examinations required for the diploma.
Regents diploma with advanced designation: Student must complete, in addition to Regents diploma requirements, (1) "either the two Regents examinations titled Mathematics A and Mathematics B or the three Regents examinations titled Course I, Course II and Course III or the two Regents examinations titled Mathematics A and Course III; (2) one additional Regents examination in science, for a total of two Regents examinations, with at least one in life science and at least one in physical science; and (3) two additional units in a language other than English for a total of three units and the Regents comprehensive assessment in that language." State does not have statewide college admissions course requirements.
N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, § 100.5

North Carolina
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement No
Notes/Citation: Requirements for "college/university preparation" course of study presented in "standard diploma" section. Eff. Class of 2013, the four courses of study will be replaced by a common course of study for all students.

Ohio
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
English units (H/CP) 4 (see notes)
Notes/Citation: Student must earn at least 8 of 9 criteria. Nine criteria include earning 4 units of English credit.
Math units (H/CP) 3, incl. Algebra I and II and geometry (see notes)
Notes/Citation: Student must earn at least 8 of 9 criteria. Nine criteria include completing Algebra I, Algebra II and geometry "or a three-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content...." (Standard diploma requires 3 units of math but does not specify courses to be completed.)
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std.
Science units (H/CP) 3 (see notes)
Notes/Citation: Student must earn at least 8 of 9 criteria. Nine criteria include completing "3 units of science which develop the concepts for physical, life, and earth and space sciences..." (standard diploma requires 3 units of science, including 1 unit each of biological sciences and physical sciences).
P.E./Health units (H/CP) 0
Arts units (H/CP) 1 (Std.=0)
Foreign Language units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: Student must earn at least 8 of 9 criteria. Nine criteria include completing "either 3 units of 1 foreign language or 2 units each of 2 foreign languages...." (Standard diploma requires 0 units of foreign language but requires each student's electives to include at least one unit or 2 half units chosen from business/technology, fine arts, and/or foreign language.)
Electives units (H/CP) 0
Other units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: Students must earn either 1 unit business/technology and two additional units chosen from English, math, science, social studies, foreign language or fine arts, or complete 3 additional units chosen from English, math, science, social studies, foreign language or fine arts.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) 20
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) State does not have statewide college admissions course requirements.
OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 3313.61, 3313.615; OHIO ADMIN. CODE § 3301-13-07

Oklahoma
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement State allows local boards to issue certificates of distinction.
English units (H/CP) Same as std. (4)+see notes
Notes/Citation: Must also achieve a "proficient" or "advanced" score on all end-of-instruction assessments as these are implemented, including English II and English III. Must also earn 2 add'l units in technology, the humanities or the arts.
Math units (H/CP) Std.(3)+1 unspecified math unit. See notes

Notes/Citation: Must also achieve a "proficient" or "advanced" score on all end-of-instruction assessments as these are implemented, including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
Social studies units (H/CP) Std.(3)+1 unspecified unit. See notes

Notes/Citation: Must also achieve a "proficient" or "advanced" score on all end-of-instruction assessments as these are implemented, including United States History.Student must also earn 2 additional units in technology, the humanities or the arts.
Science units (H/CP) Std.(3)+1 unspecified unit

Notes/Citation: Must also achieve a satisfactory score on all end-of-instruction assessments as these become available, including Biology I.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std. (0)
Arts units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: Must earn 2 add'l units in technology, the humanities or the arts. Std.=One unit or set of competencies of fine arts, such as music, art, or drama, or one unit or set of competencies of speech.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) 2 (Std=0)
Notes/Citation: Std.=2 years of the same foreign language or 2 years Computer Technology
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std.
Other units (H/CP) See notes
Notes/Citation: Must earn 2 add'l units in technology, the humanities or the arts.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Not clear in statute
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Student must also have a minimum 3.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) by the end of their senior year of high school.
OKLA. STAT. ANN. tit. 70, § 11-103.6d

Pennsylvania
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
English units (H/CP) Same as std.
Math units (H/CP) Same as std.
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std.
Science units (H/CP) Same as std.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Same as std.
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std.
Other units (H/CP) Same as std.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Same as std.
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) “[S]tudents who attain a score at the proficient level on any State assessed discipline administered in grade 10, 11 or 12 shall be granted a Pennsylvania Certificate of Proficiency for that discipline." In addition, "students who attain a score at the advanced level of proficiency on any State assessed discipline administered in grade 10, 11 or 12 shall be granted a Pennsylvania Certificate of Distinction for that discipline." In addition, students who score at (1) at least proficient or (2) at the advanced level of proficiency in all state-assessed disciplines must be awarded Certificates of Proficiency and Certificates of Distinction, respectively. "The certificates must be distinctive and differentiated from" those awarded to students scoring at these levels on individual assessments. Eligible students must receive Certificates of Proficiency and Certificates of Distinction in lieu of the individual certificates for each subject area. State does not have statewide college admissions course requirements.
22 PA. CODE § 4.24

South Dakota
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: Beginning with the Class of 2010, students will be able to earn a distinguished diploma aligned with the state's Opportunity Scholarship/Regents Scholars requirements.
English units (H/CP) Same as Advanced and Standard
Math units (H/CP) Advanced and Standard+1
Notes/Citation: Four units must include Algebra I and II and geometry (same units required for Advanced).
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as Advanced and Standard
Science units (H/CP) Advanced+1
Notes/Citation: Four units must include 3 units lab science in biology and chemistry or physics.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as Advanced and Standard
Arts units (H/CP) Same as Advanced and Standard
Foreign Language units (H/CP) 2 (Advanced and Standard=0)
Notes/Citation: 2 units of same language.
Electives units (H/CP) Advanced-2.5
Other units (H/CP) 1 (See notes)
Notes/Citation: .5 unit economics or personal finance and .5 unit computer studies. Advanced and Standard require .5 unit economics or personal finance and 2 units chosen from foreign language, computer studies, approved career and technical education courses, or additional math or science courses.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) 22 (Same as Advanced and Standard)
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Both the "Advanced" and the "Distinguished" curriculum options eff. with the Class of 2010 are aligned with state-set college admissions course requirements. Students who complete the "distinguished" high school program meet the eligibility requirements for the South Dakota opportunity scholarship. Student transcripts reflect if student completed distinguished high school program.
S.D. ADMIN. R. 24:43:11:05

Tennessee
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement No
Notes/Citation: However, students must choose to complete 6 units in the "University Preparation Curriculum" or "Technical Preparation Curriculum" in addition to the 14 units in the core curriculum.

Texas
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State offers the Distinguished Achievement High School Program.
English units (H/CP) Same as std.
Notes/Citation: Same as standard in both units and subjects required.
Math units (H/CP) Same as std.
Eff. Class of 2011: See notes
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2011: While fourth unit for Recommended program may be chosen from a number of math courses, fourth unit for Distinguished program must be in state board-approved math course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite.
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std.
Notes/Citation: Same as standard in both units and subjects required.
Science units (H/CP) Same as std.
Eff. 2011: See notes
Notes/Citation: Eff. 2011: Recommended and Distinguished diploma both require 4 units science. Both require 1 unit biology; until the Class of 2016, Recommended must select 2 units from (i) integrated physics and chemistry IPC); (ii) chemistry; (iii) physics or Principles of Technology I. Fourth unit must be chosen from Distinguished must complete 1 unit each chemistry and physics (no IPC or Principles of Technology I). Fourth unit must be chosen from specified lab-based courses.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Std.+1
Notes/Citation: 3 units in 1 foreign language
Electives units (H/CP) Std.-1
Notes/Citation: "All students who wish to complete the Distinguished Achievement 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."
Other units (H/CP) Same as std.
Notes/Citation: Same as standard in both units and subjects required.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Same as std.
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) For purposes of this calculation, the "recommended" diploma option requirements denote the "standard" diploma requirements. In addition to course requirements, "A student also must achieve any combination of four of the following advanced measures. Original research/projects may not be used for more than two of the four advanced measures. The measures must focus on demonstrated student performance at the college or professional level. Student performance on advanced measures must be assessed through an external review process. The student may choose from the following options:
(1) original research/project that is: (A) judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project; or (B) conducted under the direction of mentor(s) and reported to an appropriate audience; and (C) related to the required curriculum set forth in [regulations];
(2) test data where a student receives: (A) a score of three or above on the College Board advanced placement examination; (B) a score of four or above on an International Baccalaureate examination; or (C) a score on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) that qualifies the student for recognition as a commended scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, as part of the National Hispanic Scholar Program of the College Board or as part of the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT score shall count as only one advanced measure regardless of the number of honors received by the student; or
(3) college academic courses, advanced technical credit courses and dual credit courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher."
"All students who wish to complete the Distinguished Achievement 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." State does not have statewide college admissions course requirements.
19 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 74.44, 74.54, 74.64

Vermont
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement No
Notes/Citation: Act 78 of 2004, which repealed the 1996 law authorizing the Governor's Diploma, took effect on July 1, 2004. As of October 2005, formal steps are underway to repeal the Governor's Diploma rules in administrative code.

Virginia
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State offers Advanced Studies Diploma.
English units (H/CP) Same as std.
Math units (H/CP) Std.+1
Notes/Citation: "Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of algebra and shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II.
Social studies units (H/CP) Std.+1
Notes/Citation: Must "include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two world history/geography courses.
Science units (H/CP) Std.+1
Notes/Citation: Must "include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: earth sciences, biology, chemistry, or physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma."
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) 3 (Std.=0)
Notes/Citation: "Three years of one language or two years of two languages."
Electives units (H/CP) Std.-4
Other units (H/CP) Same as std.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Std.+2
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) To earn the Advanced Studies Diploma, students must also pass an additional end-of-course test (or an approved substitute test) in math, laboratory science and history and social sciences. (Effective with the Class of 2007, students earning a standard diploma must complete one end-of-course exam in each of these disciplines. Both the standard diploma and the advanced studies option require students to complete 2 end-of-course tests in English and 1 end-of-course test in a subject of the student's choice.) In addition, "Students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of 'B' or better, and successfully complete at least one advanced placement course (AP), international baccalaureate (IB) or one college-level course for credit, will receive the Governor's Seal on the diploma." State does not have statewide college admissions course requirements.
8 VA. ADMIN. CODE § 20-131-50

Washington
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes. "A 'scholar designation' shall be noted on the transcript when a student achieves level four on each content area on the Washington assessment of student learning on the first attempt at taking each content area assessment." Due to changes brought about by 2006 S.B. 6475, the Class of 2007 will be the last for which the scholar designation will appear on the high school transcript.
English units (H/CP) Same as std.
Math units (H/CP) Same as std.
Social studies units (H/CP) Same as std.
Science units (H/CP) Same as std.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Same as std.
Arts units (H/CP) Same as std.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Same as std.
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std.
Other units (H/CP) Same as std.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) Same as std.
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Requirements for scholar designation not aligned with state-set college admissions course requirements.
WASH. ADMIN. CODE § 180-57-070

West Virginia
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement No
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) While the only authorized diplomas in the state are the standard diploma and modified diploma for students with severe disabilities, "the state board of education shall award certificates of achievement to those students whose educational programs in grades 9-12 merit special recognition.... Counties are encouraged to develop specific criteria for awarding additional certificates of achievement to those students whose educational programs in grades 9-12 exceed the state graduation requirements. Certificates may include but are not limited to the following areas: 1) College preparatory programs, 2) Completion of vocational programs, and 3) Advanced study in particular curricular areas."
W. VA. CODE ST. R. § 126-30-2

Wyoming
Honors/College Prep Diploma or Endorsement
State has honors/college prep diploma or endorsement Yes
Notes/Citation: State offers Advanced Endorsement on student diploma and transcript.
English units (H/CP) Standard reqts. + "advanced" performance in a majority of the 9 standards and proficient performance in the remaining standards.
Math units (H/CP) Standard reqts. + advanced performance in a majority of the standards and proficient performance in the remaining standards.
Social studies units (H/CP) Standard reqts. + advanced performance in a majority of the standards and proficient performance in the remaining standards.
Science units (H/CP) Standard reqts. + advanced performance in a majority of the standards and proficient performance in the remaining standards.
P.E./Health units (H/CP) Standard reqts. + advanced performance in a majority of the standards and proficient performance in the remaining standards (health and physical education are two separate standards).
Arts units (H/CP) Standard reqts. + advanced performance in a majority of the standards and proficient performance in the remaining standards.
Foreign Language units (H/CP) Standard reqts. + advanced performance in a majority of the standards and proficient performance in the remaining standards.
Electives units (H/CP) Same as std. (=0)
Other units (H/CP) Standard reqts. + advanced performance in a majority of the standards and proficient performance in the remaining standards.
TOTAL # units (H/CP) 13
Technical notes and citations (H/CP) Advanced endorsement requirements not aligned with state-set college admissions requirements.
WY Rules and Regulations EDU GEN Ch. 31 ss 9-11, WYO. STAT. ANN. § 21-2-304, 21-9-102



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