Cheyenne, Wy – A new report on graduation policies and
rates says Wyoming is one of three states requiring the fewest high
school credits needed to earn a standard diploma.
The report says Wyoming, California and Wisconsin require
students to earn 13 credits in order to graduate, while the
national average is 20-point-five credits.
The report was released today (Tuesday) by Education Week and
the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.
Deputy state superintendent of public instruction Annette
Bohling says the report is misleading because while Wyoming
requires just 13 credits each district imposes an additional 12 to
Thus, Wyoming students really need 25 to 28 credits to graduate.
The report calculated that 74 percent of Wyoming's high school
students graduated in 2002-2003, which ranks it 22nd among the 50
states. The national graduation rate is about 70 percent.
Bohling said 22nd in the nation is not a bad ranking but the
state is working to improve it.