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News Release - Sixty-Five More Teachers Gain National Board Certification

Dec. 16, 2010

News Release

Sixty-Five More Teachers Gain National Board Certification In Colorado

Sixty-five Colorado teachers achieved National Board Certification in 2010, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

That gain represents a 13.5 percent increase in the total number of teachers holding National Board Certifications in just one year.

“Congratulations to all of our new National Board Certified Teachers,” said Jami Goetz, Director of Educator Licensing at the Colorado Department of Education. “These teachers have done a tremendous amount of work to ensure they are the best they can be for their students and themselves.”

“At a time when our country is trying to build successful models of whole school transformation, a key determinant of a student’s outcome is a highly effective teacher. That is why this announcement is so important,” said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, president and chief executive officer, NBPTS. “Like board-certified medical doctors, National Board Certified Teachers have met high standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.”

Colorado ranks 25th among all states in the number of teachers achieving board certification this year and ranks 26th in the total number of teachers (545) who have earned National Board Certification over time.

Colorado NBCTs joined nearly 91,000 teachers nationally who have achieved National Board Certification.

The number of NBCTs nationally has more than doubled in the past five years (from more than 47,000 in 2005 to more than 91,000 in 2010).

More than half of all teachers with National Board Certification teach in Title I eligible schools as reported by National Center for Education Statistics.

The state’s top five school districts in terms of the cumulative total of teachers (based on where teachers currently work) are Denver Public Schools (78), Boulder Valley School District (77), Cherry Creek School District (76), Douglas County School District (49) and Mesa Valley County School District 51 (40).

National Board Certification is a widely respected model of pay-for-performance and is supported by teachers and administrators nationwide. More than two-thirds of the states provide salary incentives and/or cover a portion of the cost for teachers who pursue and achieve this advanced credential. The Colorado State Legislature has provided a $1,000 scholarship to match the amount of the federal scholarship to those seeking certification, although these funds are not allocated in the 2001-12 budget.

For more information regarding National Board Certification and teacher stipends, contact Anne Marie Roberts in the Office of Professional Services at 303-866-6648 or roberts_a@cde.state.co.us

For more information on NBPTS, visit http://www.nbpts.org/

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