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Stat of the Week — July 19, 2006

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Research conducted by the EPE Research Center for Diplomas Count 2006 revealed a large range of course requirements for a student to earn a standard diploma from state to state. Seven states have no state guidelines, leaving the decision about requirements up to local control; for the other states, course requirements range from 13 courses to 24 courses. On average, states require 20.5 courses to receive a standard diploma.

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To find out more about graduation policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, access the Education Counts database.


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