Key Area 4

Ensuring Environmental Literacy through Assessment

Current Context

photo credit: Appalachian Mountain ClubThe NH Department of Education collects a variety of student information11.  This information includes student achievement data for reading, writing, comprehension, mathematics, inquiry, life sciences, earth-space sciences and physical sciences. With appropriate planning, information can be built into the current system to assist in the evaluation related to environmental literacy. This information provides a picture of the content knowledge of students regarding the environment.


  • The Environmental Literacy Plan Advisory Committee will develop a plan to assess current environmental literacy in students.
  • The NH Department of Education and other state agencies, including nonformal Environmental Education providers, will explore how current questions from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science assessment can be combined to correlate to environmental literacy.
  • Environmental education centers will conduct pre-and post-experience surveys with students to determine learning through their programs.
  • Alternative methods for measuring environmental literacy will be provided to districts based on the work of the Environmental Literacy Plan Advisory Committee.

Short Term Outcomes:

  • Explore the assessment of environmental literacy using the current NECAP Science assessment data.
  • Teachers create a record of environmental projects and include them in student portfolios.
  • Multiple ways to assess environmental literacy will exist.

Medium Term Outcomes:

  • Include examples of environmental understanding in the Information and Communication Technology*portfolio required for the 8th grade.

Long Term Outcomes:

  • Have an environmental literacy index developed from NECAP Science or other testing tools.
  • Students at the high school level have a portfolio demonstrating environmental literacy.
  • Individual districts create an environmental literacy assessment.