New Hampshire

Academic Achievement

Relative to other states, student performance in New Hampshire is very strong—the state ranks among the highest in the nation. Fourth graders are 16 percentage points above the national average of 42% for students at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math exam. 

Academic Achievement for Low-Income and Minority Students

New Hampshire earns a very high grade on academic achievement for low-income and minority students. Thirty-eight percent of low-income 4th graders score at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math exam, 13 percentage points higher than the national average. Because the state does not have a large enough African-American student population to meet NAEP sampling requirements, New Hampshire’s grade is based on low-income and Hispanic students only. 

Return on Investment

Student achievement in New Hampshire is excellent relative to state spending after controlling for cost of living. 

Truth in Advertising: Student Proficiency

New Hampshire posts above average marks on the credibility of its student proficiency scores. The grade is based on the difference between the percentage of students identified as proficient in reading and math on the 2011 state exams and the percentage identified as proficient on the 2011 NAEP reading and math tests.

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

New Hampshire earns a high grade preparing its students for college and careers. Eighteen students out of 100 pass an AP exam, and its students’ chances for college attendance by age 19 are higher than average.

21st Century Teacher Force

New Hampshire does a weak job of creating a strong teacher workforce. The state struggles to identify and retain effective teachers.   

Parental Options

New Hampshire does a poor job providing parents with strong school choice options. Less than 2% of students are enrolled in a school of choice, and the state’s charter school law is particularly weak.   

Data Quality

New Hampshire earns a good grade collecting and reporting high-quality education data. While the Granite State has not funded a longitudinal data system, parents have access to data on their children’s academic progress, and student performance data is linked to teacher data. 


New Hampshire receives a poor grade employing technology to provide quality instruction and personalized learning. Students have limited access to high-quality digital learning options.

International Competitiveness

New Hampshire earns a very high grade preparing its students to compete in a global economy, with 38% proficient in reading and math compared with an international standard. 

Fiscal Responsibility

New Hampshire receives average marks on fiscal responsibility. While only 56% of the state’s pension is funded, the state’s most recent pension contribution was 100%.