In 2005, the NH State Board of Education recognized American Sign Language as a World Language for the purposes of the High School minimum language requirement.
A committee began to study how to implement this mandate in September 2006, and submitted a proposal for approval by the Professional Standards Board in September 2007.
The certification for ASL as a World Language went into effect July 1, 2008. See ED 507.37 Modern Language Teacher.
The Department of Education is currently working on creating an interim assessment for prospective ASL teachers to stand in until the anticipated ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is introduced in 2012 or 2013