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New Hampshire

New Hampshire has implemented several literacy policies aimed at improving reading proficiency among its students. The state's approach to literacy education focuses on early intervention, professional development for educators, and the use of data to inform instruction. One key policy is the New Hampshire Early Learning Standards, which outlines the skills and knowledge that young children need to develop in order to be successful readers. The state also provides training and support for educators in evidence-based literacy practices, such as phonics instruction and reading fluency development.

New Hampshire also has a statewide assessment, the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS), that includes assessments in reading and writing to monitor student progress and identify areas where additional support is needed. In addition, the state's Response to Intervention (RTI) framework provides a systematic approach to identifying and supporting struggling readers, with tiered levels of intervention based on student needs.

The New Hampshire Department of Education also partners with local organizations and agencies to promote literacy development through initiatives such as the New Hampshire Literacy Task Force and the New Hampshire Family Literacy Initiative. These programs aim to support literacy development among students and families, particularly those in low-income communities.

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New Hampshire Student Score Gaps:

  • This represents no significant change from the state’s 2019 average score.

  • Data are not reported for Black students in 2022, because reporting standards were not met.

  • In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was 28 points lower than that for White students. Data are not reported for Hispanic students in 1998, because reporting standards were not met.

  • In 2022, male students in New Hampshire had an average score that was lower than that for female students by 8 points.

  • In 2022, students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) had an average score that was 24 points lower than that for students who were not eligible. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (19 points).

Information from the  NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.




These organizations are committed to promoting evidence-based reading practices, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting students in developing strong reading skills.

New Hampshire Department of Education

New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English

New Hampshire Literacy Institutes


International Dyslexia Association Northern New England Alliance

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