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College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects


New Hampshire is committed to a thoughtful, deliberate transition from the 2006 NH Curriculum Frameworks to the 2010 state board adoption of the NH College and Career Ready Standards. The Standards allow New Hampshire to measure student achievement in grades K-12 against a common set of college and career ready knowledge and skills. There are three predominant instructional shifts from the NH Curriculum Frameworks to the NH College and Career Ready Standards. They are: increasing text complexity beginning at the end of second grade, increasing the use of informational (non-fiction text) to align with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) recommendations and the increased demand for argumentative/persuasive writing on and off line. There are many key differences to the CCSS that are relevant to the implementation at the district and building level. There are 10 Reading, 10 Writing, 6 Language and 6 Speaking/Listening standards K-12 to which the grade level specific standards are tied by strand. Other key uniqueness’s include:

  • K- 5 Reading Foundations strand for direct literacy instruction
  • K- 5 Cross content standards encompassing all strands
  • 6-12 Literacy Standards for history/social studies, science and technical subjects, and
  • Expectations of technology embedded instruction throughout K-12 - viewing as a definition of literacy is implied using technology embedded instruction

Organization of Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts Acrobat Reader

Side-by-side Alignment: CCSS and NH Standards

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects Acrobat Reader

NH College and Career Ready Competencies aligned with Common Core State Standards

Alignment of the NH GLE’s/GSE’s clusters and main ideas with those of the K-12 Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Acrobat Reader

These three books from the Center on Instruction completely outline the Reading Foundations in the CCSS that are only found in the K-5 section of the Standards. They are the bedrock of the standards and mastery in K-5 is implicit for success in 6-12. Acrobat Reader

Implementation Action Plan Word document

Criteria for Curriculum Materials for Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts Acrobat Reader

Introduction to the Common Core Appendices PowerPoint

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects Presentation (April 12, 2012) PowerPoint

Reading Levels Chart Acrobat Reader

These "Treasure Hunts" are designed to be used by administrative teams, or curriculum groups, or teams of teachers to just get "into" the standards. They will help you learn your way around the standards, what they include, how they are organized, and even how they compare and relate to our NH Curriculum Frameworks. They are designed to be used with copies of the standards (above) so that sections can be highlighted or tabbed for reference later.

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