Delaware Readiness Policies



High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

Students must complete at least 24 units to earn a high school diploma.



Required Courses




Four English courses

An English II course must be completed.



Algebra I


Algebra II or Integrated Math III

Another advanced math course

No less than the equivalent of the traditional requirements of Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II courses.

One math credit must be earned in the senior year.

Laboratory Science


Biology and two other courses

Not specified

Social Studies


U.S. History and two other social studies courses

Not specified

World Language


Two courses in the same language

Demonstrating Novice-high or higher proficiency level on a nationally recognized assessment of language proficiency, except English

Physical Education



Not specified

Health Education



Career Pathway



Credits pre-planned and sequential courses designed to develop knowledge and skills in a specific career or academic area.


3 1/2


Total Credits



Assessment Requirements

Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA) requires students to participate in the following assessments:


DeSSA Assessment


DeSSA/DCAS Science, PSAT 10


DeSSA Socail Studies, SAT


ACT WorkKeys

8 to 12


High school sophomores were required to take the PSAT in fall 2014. High school juniors were required to take the SAT in spring 2015. 

Delaware also offers optional assessments: Smarter Interim Assessment for all grades as well as the PSAT for grade 9 and the PSAT/NMSQT for grade 11.



College and Career Readiness Standards and Definition

Delaware adopted the Common Core State Standards to promote the skills and concepts required for college and career readiness. Beginning in 2016, a high school student must complete a 24-credit curriculum including 4 units each of English and math to graduate. Also, beginning in 2016, the SAT was identified as the state college-readiness assessment for 11th grade students. The SAT is administered to all high school juniors at no cost. Students who exceed the college and career ready benchmarks set by individual institutions of higher education (IHE) are exempt from placement testing and remediation in college. Students who choose to participate in a pilot transitional course in high school and pass with a 77 or higher are also exempt.


Placement policies for remedial courses

Four-Year Institutions

The SAT is administered to at no cost for all high school juniors. Students can take the ACT at their own expense. Students achieving the SAT cut score set by the individual IHEs are exempt from remedial or developmental courses. Students participating in the current transitional course pilot program and passing the course with a 77 or higher are exempt from remedial/developmental work.

Both universities require all first-time freshmen to take the ALEKS assessment to determine math course placement.

University of Delaware

Placement goals vary by college and intended major. Students cannot register for a specific math course unless they attain the appropriate placement threshold. Students can enroll in credit-bearing math courses if they reach 45 percent proficiency on the ALEKS assessment. In the fall 2017, University of Delaware is instituting a test-optional pilot program for Delaware residents applying for first-year admission.

Delaware State University

All formally admitted freshmen and transfer students must complete online ALEKS placement test for Mathematics two weeks prior to orientation. Students who score a 15 or lower on the ACT must take the Nelson Denny reading test. Students are placed in English composition courses based on their SAT/ACT scores: Under 400/15 or below ─ Writing Skills; 400-574/16-19 ─ Regular Composition; 575+/20+ ─ Honors Composition.

Delaware State offers two Summer Bridge programs – Jumpstart and Project Success – for first-time freshman who could benefit from academic enrichment. Students may be provisionally admitted if they do not meet regular admission requirements, contingent upon successful completion of the Project Success Program.