6,200 Teachers Earn National Board Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Board Certification – the “gold standard” for teaching excellence – was celebrated this week at a White House event heralding the newest class of 6,200 board certified teachers, which brings to nearly 100,000 the total number of board certified teachers in the U.S.

“National board certification is synonymous with great teaching. While our nation is focused on the need for the highest quality teachers, board certification truly is the gold standard,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes welcomed a group of the newly certified teachers today to the White House with remarks focused on how the National Board process can lead to improved instruction and enhanced leadership in the profession.

Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, who chairs the NBPTS, said, “These highly qualified teachers are true ‘nation builders’ and are positioned to lead the ground-up movement necessary to help students reach their full potential.”

Thorpe referred to two recent studies showing that more than half (55 percent) of all board certified teachers work in high-need schools (according to the National Center for Education Statistics) and to a National Research Council report that found students who were taught by board certified teachers show higher gains on achievement tests than those taught by other teachers.

NBPTS is recognized as the source for the highest standards and practices that lead to improved teaching, leading and learning. A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to embed ongoing school improvement in schools nationwide, National Board Certification is achieved through performance-based assessment and testing that takes one to three years to complete.

While state teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Completion of the NBPTS certification process signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of an accomplished education professional. By completing the certification renewal process, these accomplished teachers show that they continue to meet the nation’s highest teaching standards.

NBPTS is also impacting education nationwide through additional professional development programs for school leaders, research and development on education policy and practices, and through strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations that also support ongoing improvement in America’s schools.

For more information on NBPTS and state-by-state data related to the 2011 class of National Board Certified Teachers, visit www.nbpts.org/2011NBCTs.

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