Published Online: January 3, 2006

New Hampshire's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 473
Public school teachers 15,112
Pre-K-12 students 207,417
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $1.8 billion
Minority students 5.8%
Children in poverty 10%
Students with disabilities 14.2%
English-language learners 1.3%

Summary of Grades

New Hampshire scores below the average state in three of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

In standards and accountability, the state’s below-average performance shows room for improvement. New Hampshire does not have science or social studies assessments aligned to state standards at any grade span. It also falls short on indicators related to school accountability. The state does not sanction or provide assistance to all low-performing schools, nor does it reward high-performing or improving schools.

New Hampshire also lags behind the average state in teacher quality. Aspiring teachers are not required to pass subject-specific pedagogy tests in order to earn an initial license and performance assessments are not required for more advanced teacher certification. In addition, the state does not require or finance professional development for teachers.

New Hampshire fares better on school climate measures, ranking above average in this category. The state does particularly well in the area of class size. But its grade suffers because the state does not provide funding for school construction.

The state is among the lowest performing states in resource equity. Its score on the coefficient-of-variation measure, for example, indicates a substantial amount of disparity in per-pupil funding levels across districts in New Hampshire.

State Policy Report Card
New HampshireAvg. State Score
Standards and accountability C B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality C- C+
School climate B- C+
Resource equity D C
Overall Grade C- C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 33.75 40
Assessment 18.4 30
School accountability 21 30
73 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 26.78 35
Teacher assessment 19.50 30
Professional support and training 12.05 20
Accountability for teacher quality 12.6 15
71 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 12.5 15
School safety 18.33 20
Parent involvement 11.55 15
Choice and autonomy 15 20
Class size 10 10
School size 7.5 10
School facilities 5 10
80 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 25 33.3
McLoone Index 16.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 21.67 33.3
63 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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