Table 1-6
State graduation requirements for mathematics and science, by number of years required: Selected years, 1987–2008
(Number of states)
 
  Mathematics   Science
State/local standard 1987 1996 2006 2008   1987 1996 2006 2008
 
Local decisiona 6 7 6 6   6 7 6 6
1–2 yearsb 33 26 12 6   40 33 16 13
3 years 10 15 26 25   3 8 27 27
4 years 0 2 6 12   0 2 1 4
 

aLocal decision means that graduation requirements are set by local districts and may vary within a state.
bIn 2008, all states with statewide requirements required ≥2 years of mathematics courses; only one state (Illinois) required 1 year of science.

NOTES: Data include Washington, DC. Column totals do not add to 51 because certain states did not participate in Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) survey that year or used a different credit reporting system.

SOURCES: CCSSO, Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education: 2008 (2009); Snyder TD, Digest of Education Statistics 1988, NCES 88-600 (1988); and Snyder TD, Digest of Education Statistics 1998, NCES 1999-036 (1999).

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