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Graduation Requirements

The Wyoming State Legislature and the Wyoming Board of Education have enacted new high school graduation requirements. Beginning with the 2006 graduates, all students receiving a high school diploma must earn 28 credits AND show proficiency in 5 of the 9 content areas.

Required Credits

Required: 28 Credits

4 English
3 Science
3 Mathematics
3 Social Studies
2 Physical Education/Health
15 Core Requirements
+13 Electives
28 Total Credits

A credit is equivalent to the successful completion of two semesters of work in that subject.

9 Content Areas

  • Career/Vocational
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Health
  • Language Arts (English)
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Standards Proficiency

Passing the above courses and earning credit for them is not the same as achieving proficiency. In addition to earning 28 credits, student must demonstrate proficiency on district assessments in 5 of the NINE (9) content areas.

Demonstrating standards proficiency is similar to the process of getting a driver's license. Applicants must successfully complete a written exam and a behind-the-wheel driving demonstration. Both exams cover the same type of information. Through successful completion of both tests, the applicant is prepared to safely drive a car. Earning a high school diploma is a similar process. Students must demonstrate they have met credit and standards proficiency requirements before they graduate. Thus students are prepared for life after high school.

Each student will have multiple chances throughout high school to meet standards in content areas. Those scores and work samples will be compiled to demonstrate proficiency. This work is called the Body of Evidence (BOE).