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Navigating the National High School Improvement Landscape

Each state profile accessed through this map features the national high school improvement initiatives at work in the state as well as the state's high school graduation requirements as of the 2008-09 school year.

Each state profile also compares high school requirements with what is required of students entering state university systems. In some cases, there is a gap between what high school students need to accomplish to graduate and what is expected by state college and university systems.

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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland

Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico

New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee

Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) ushered in a new era of reform focused on ensuring that all students are prepared for postsecondary success. As states have worked to improve their standards, several national reform initiatives have assisted them in increasing curricular rigor and updating their high schools to provide students with a 21st century education and the skills they will need to succeed.

Each state profile accessed through this map contains the statewide high school graduation requirements and the minimum state college and/or university admission requirements. Some states have not set minimum state standards for entrance into public universities. In that instance, a state university or state university system was selected to represent the admission requirements, and this is noted in the profile. Each state profile also contains the number of students in grades nine through twelve, according to the 2009-2010 National Center for Educational Statistics figures.*

* Note that the number of students in high school by state as listed in the map above are 2005-2006 NCES figures. Click through to the state page for 2007-2008 figures.