1. Many SREB states offer students multiple diploma paths to high
school graduation—some up to four paths—with varying course
requirements. While each state has a standard diploma path, other
paths allow students to graduate with a college or career
technical focus or to graduate in three years, instead of the
traditional four years. In the states with single diploma tracks,
students are provided with concentration or endorsement options
that allow to them to choose required or elective courses with a
college or career technical focus
2. Depending on the state, students must complete from 21 to 24
units to earn a standard high school diploma. All SREB states
require students to complete four English courses.
3. The majority of SREB states require four math courses to earn
a standard high school diploma. Five states require students to
complete a minimum of three math courses to attain a standard
high school diploma.
4. Math course requirements vary by state. However, every state
requires students to complete an Algebra I course and a geometry
course or a course equivalent.
5. Most SREB states require that students take three science
courses to earn a standard diploma, as well as require that at
least one of the required science courses be lab-based or that
lab-based experiences are incorporated into the courses. Four
SREB states require their students to complete four science
courses to receive a standard diploma.
6. Most SREB states use end-of-course tests to measure student
academic progress across a variety of courses and subjects. Many
of these states require that the exams count as some percentage
of the final grade for the course.
7. Most SREB states link eligibility for graduation to passing
certain courses and exams. Virginia, for example, requires that
students pursuing a Standard Diploma must pass six end-of-course
exams; students pursuing the Advanced Diploma must pass nine.
8. Every state now incorporates college and career measures into
its accountability system. State measures include, for example,
the use of assessment results in various subjects, participation
in accelerated learning opportunities, and industry
9. In 2017, eight SREB states required that all high school
juniors take the ACT as a measure of college and career
readiness, while one state requires all juniors to take the
10. While every state requires middle school and high school
students to participate in academic and career planning
activities, not every state designates specific activities or
timelines. Many states, however, have additional requirements for
11. Every SREB state offers accelerated learning opportunities
that provide high school students to take college or career
technical courses through a variety of programs such as dual
enrollment, Advanced Placement, Early College and
competency-based credit, and possibly earn college credit.
12. All SREB states have developed postsecondary to high school
feedback reports, through which the state notifies districts and
schools about their graduates’ postsecondary enrollment
13. While some SREB states have linked high school graduation
requirements to college admission requirements, other states
allow institutions to set admission requirements independently.
14. Most SREB states require that 11th grade assessments be used
for postsecondary placement. Nine of these states exempt students
who pass the assessments from postsecondary institutional
15. Most SREB states provide both need-based and merit aid.
Fifteen SREB states have need-based scholarship programs to
increase educational access for students from low- and
16. Eight SREB states use state lottery funding to support
merit-based aid programs. One uses lottery funds to support
need-based aid programs.
17. Nearly all SREB states have established minimum high school
grade point averages between 2.5 and 3.0 that students must meet
to be eligible for state need- and merit-based financial aid.
18. Twelve SREB states require that students receiving state
financial aid maintain a minimum grade point average to continue
receiving aid. The remaining four require that students continue
“making satisfactory academic progress” according to the
institution they attend.
19. In addition to minimum grade point average requirements that
may apply, thirteen SREB states also tie continuing eligibility
for state financial aid to specific credit hour requirements,
either by semester, academic year or a specified evaluation
20. Eleven SREB states require students to complete a specific
number of credit hours per semester or year to retain financial
aid. One SREB state stipulates that students must complete 75
percent of credits attempted.