State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - New Hampshire

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 193:1
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 193:1
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? No N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 198:48-a
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 450 hours per year for kindergarten.
945 hours per year for elementary grades.
NH ADC 306.18
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:25 maximum for grades K-2, with a goal of 1:20. 1:30 maximum for grades 3-5, with a goal of 1:25. NH ADC 306.17
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Teacher preparation programs are expected to build awareness of best practices in recognizing characteristics of and evidence-based intervention and accommodation for dyslexia and related disorders. Candidates seeking an Elementary education certification are required to have skills, competencies, and knowledge in the areas of curriculum and assessment.
Professional Development: Teachers are required to develop and carry out individual professional development plans that focus on professional growth in a range of areas, including the development of knowledge with in content areas identified under the certification criteria. Areas of content development knowledge for elementary teachers includes english language arts, among other subjects.
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 200:61;
NH ADC ED 507.11;
NH ADC ED 512.03
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Elementary education certification requires that candidates have skills, competencies, and knowledge in mathematics across content areas. Candidates must demonstrate conceptual and procedural knowledge in (i) Counting and cardinality; (ii) Operations and algebraic thinking; (iii) Number and operations; (iv) Measurement and data; (v) Geometry; (vi) Ratios and proportional relationships; (vii) Number systems; (viii) Expressions and equations; and (ix) Statistics and probability. Candidates must also demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mathematical practices including; (i) Solving to mastery; (ii) Abstract and quantitative reasoning; (iii) Constructing arguments and critiquing student reasoning; (iv) Modeling and strategic use of mathematical tools and manipulatives; (v) Attention to precision; (vi) Finding and making use of structure; and (vii) Expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.Professional Development: Teachers are required to develop and carry out individual professional development plans that focus on professional growth in a range of areas, including the development of knowledge with in content areas identified under the certification criteria. Areas of content development knowledge for elementary teachers includes mathematics, among other subjects. Professional Development: Teachers are required to develop and carry out individual professional development plans that focus on professional growth in a range of areas, including the development of knowledge with in content areas identified under the certification criteria. Areas of content development knowledge for elementary teachers includes english language arts, among other subjects. NH ADC ED 507.11
NH ADC ED 512.03
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Elementary Education Certification, kindergarten through grade 6 (non-content specific qualifications). Elementary Education Certification, kindergarten through grade 8 (content concentration in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies or general science). Early Childhood Certification, birth through grade 3. NH ADC ED 507.11
NH ADC ED 507.18
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. NH ADC 306.37
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Teacher preparation programs in early childhood education for birth through grade three are required to provide the teaching candidates with skills, competencies and knowledge in social and emotional wellness. NH ADC 612.03

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