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News Release - 17 Percent Gain in Colorado Teachers Holding National Board Certification

Dec. 15, 2011

News Release

Colorado shows 17 percent gain in teachers holding national board certification

Ninety-three Colorado teachers achieved National Board Certification in 2011, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This gain represents a 17 percent increase in the total number of teachers holding National Board Certifications in Colorado in just one year.

“With our continued commitment to improving and supporting the effectiveness of educators across the state, it is great to see Colorado teachers working toward achieving this national distinction,” said Jami Goetz, executive director of the Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensing.

This year, 19 states had at least a 10 percent increase in the number of teachers earning certification over the prior year. Colorado’s increase was 17 percent, ranking sixth for states that have increased their percentages. Colorado ranks 25th in the total number of teachers (641) who have earned National Board Certification over time.

"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.

Colorado’s new national board certified teachers joined the nation’s total of 97,291 teachers who have achieved this level of certification. This year, 6,266 teachers became Nationally Certified.

These accomplished teachers comprise about 3 percent of the national teaching force - more than half (55 percent) teach in high-need schools and 15 percent are certified in areas related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The state’s top five school districts in terms of the cumulative total of National Board Certified Teachers (based on where teachers became certified) are: Denver Public Schools (104), Boulder Valley School District (100), Cherry Creek School District (87), Douglas County School District (50) and Mesa Valley County School District 51 (43).

National Board Certification is a widely respected model of pay-for-performance and is supported by teachers and administrators nationwide. 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 the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, visit http://www.nbpts.org/

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