New Hampshire

College and Career Ready Definitions

“College and career ready means that students graduate from high school prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary opportunities—whether college or career—without need for remediation.

  • Students should graduate fully prepared to pursue the college and career options of their choice.
  • College ready refers to the full range of programs leading to valuable, recognized degrees, including community colleges and four-year colleges.
  • Career ready refers to employment opportunities with meaningful opportunities for advancement as well as career training programs that offer technical certification or other marketable skills.
  • Evidence and experience indicate that the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and career are greatly similar, and that all graduates will need some form of postsecondary education or training to succeed during their careers.

To be college and career ready, students must graduate with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to succeed. These are the kinds of deeper learning outcomes that are at the heart of being college and career ready.

  • Knowledge, skills and dispositions are mutually reinforcing, and not contradictory. That is, evidence and experience confirm that education that advances application of knowledge through skills is more likely to result in student competency of the underlying, rigorous content knowledge.
  • The knowledge, skills and dispositions have concrete meaning and can be expressly taught, learned, and measured. This will require multiple, robust measures or evaluation and assessment.
  • This same set of knowledge, skills and dispositions is also vital for student success in terms of citizenship, in addition to college and career readiness, including the ability to contribute and succeed in out increasingly diverse, democratic, global society.”


New Hampshire Department of Education. (2015). New Hampshire ESEA flexibility request. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Dropout rate
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
Dropouts and Completers2
Youth Risk Behavior Survey3
SAT enrollment and scores by subject area1
Attendance rate1
Youth Risk Behavior Survey3
Four-year graduation rate1
Completion rate2
Postgraduation outcomes2
Four-year college or university2
Other postsecondary education2
1. New Hampshire Department of Education. (n.d.). NH school and district profiles. Retrieved from
2. New Hampshire Department of Education. (2012). Dropouts and completers. Retrieved from
3. New Hampshire Department of Education. (2012). NH health data. Retrieved from 
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

New Hampshire does not have a state policy in place that allows students to earn dual credit (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

New Hampshire is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).


Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

New Hampshire has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework and is implementing all of the 16 Career Clusters.

New Hampshire implements programs of study that are aligned with the following Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (NASDCTEc, n.d.).


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). New Hampshire [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

New Hampshire does not have a statewide system for career exploration or career plans at the K–12 level.

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:

3.0 (including Algebra I)

3.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:

2.0 (U.S. and New Hampshire History [1.0],

U.S. and New Hampshire government/civics [0.5], and world history, global studies, or geography [0.5])

3.0 (including U.S. history)

Science Credits:

2.0 (physical science, biological science)

3.0 (including two courses with laboratory experience)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

2.0 (In same language)

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

8.5 (information and communication technologies [0.5], economics [0.5], physical education [1.0], health [0.5], and electives [6.0])


Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


New Hampshire Department of Education

University of New Hampshire





Early Warning Systems
New Hampshire may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.