All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.
Seventeen states attended the ADP Strategy Session on Graduation Requirements in Dallas, TX, on February 8-9, 2007. The goal of this meeting was to bring together ADP network states that had recently raised their graduation requirements to the college- and career-ready level or were seriously contemplating raising their requirements in the next year. It was structured to maximize the opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue about the practicalities and concerns associated with raising graduation requirements. Download the agenda and binder materials below.
Tab 1: Agenda
- Agenda (PDF)
Tab 2: Overview of State Requirements
Tab 3: Sample Legislation and Administrative Code
- Sample Legislation Excerpts and Administrative Code Excerpts: Raising Graduation Requirements (PDF)
DISCLAIMER: This document includes a collection of legislative and administrative excerpts downloaded from the web in January 2007. It's not intended to be a comprehensive guide or include all relevant clauses, rather it's intended to reflect a variety of approaches state legislatures and boards of education have used to raise graduation requirements.
Tab 4: Research That Supports Raising Graduation Requirements
- Achieve: Annotated Bibliography of Research on Raising Graduation Requirements
- Achieve: Key Findings from Poll Data: Support for Raising Graduation Requirements
- Achieve: Identifying Potential Dropouts: Key Lessons for Building an Early Warning Data System
- ACT: Courses Count: Preparing Students for Postsecondary Success
- Arkansas Department of Education: Business Leader Research on Preparedness of High School Seniors for Entering the Workforce
- Colorado Educational Alignment Council: Business Education Roundtable Discussion Groups Report
- Delaware High School Graduation Requirements Committee: Updating Delaware’s High School Graduation Requirements
- Implementing the Ohio Core: Supporting Student Learning with High-Quality Teachers
- Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency: Issue Paper: High School Graduation Requirements: The Michigan Merit Curriculum Proposal
Tab 5: Sample Communications and Advocacy Materials
- Arkansas: Next Step for Arkansas' Future” Newsletter
- Arkansas: Overview of “Next Step for Arkansas' Future” website
- Indiana State Board of Education: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Indiana’s New High School Course and Credit Requirements
- Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Commission for Higher Education: On Track: Your Guide to High School Success (10th Grade)
- The Ohio Core: Fact Sheet
- Oklahoma: Brochure on Core Curriculum for High School Graduation
- Oregon State Board of Education: Legislative Paper
- Texas HB 1: Frequently Asked Questions
- Texas HB 1: Overview
- The Education Trust- West: Preparing LAUSD High School Students for the 21st Century Economy: We have the way, but do we have the will?
- Linda Murray: The San Jose Unified School District Story: Implementing a College-Ready Curriculum For All
- Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals: Our Children at the Crossroads: Why Michigan Must Raise High School Graduation Requirements