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News Release - Colorado ranks 16th in the nation for number of new Board-Certified teachers

Dec. 18, 2013

Colorado ranks 16th in the nation for number of new Board-Certified teachers 

There were 75 new educators who achieved National Board Certification in 2013, which ranks Colorado 16th in the total number of new educators certified during the 2012-13 cycle. Nationally, 4,117 teachers became certified, for a total over time of 106,356 educators across the country.

“The National Board Certification process is a powerful, rewarding and informative method to greatly expand and refine a teacher’s content knowledge and classroom teaching practices,” said Colleen O’Neil, executive director of the Professional Services and Educator Licensing Unit at CDE.  “I applaud the tenacity of our many teachers who pursue the challenging and robust certification process and succeed in obtaining this distinction. These teachers see the value of engaging in national certification and using their powerful teaching to improve student achievement and better prepare their students for college and careers.”

This year, Colorado jumped up one state to become the 23rd state with the most educators certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards with 837. Last year, Colorado ranked 24th in the total number of teachers who have earned National Board Certification over time.

“The stakes are high as expectations for students and teachers continue to rise with the demands of the global economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Students today must be able to solve problems by applying what they have learned in new and unexpected ways. As our nation’s most accomplished educators, National Board Certified Teachers are well positioned to move our students, workforce, and country forward.”

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:  Boulder Valley School District (152), Denver Public Schools (128), Cherry Creek School District (114), Douglas County School District (56) and Colorado Springs School District 11 (53).  This year, Boulder County was nationally listed in a four-way tie for the 20th top district in the country in number of teachers certified this year with 21.

Research shows that students taught by Board-certified teachers consistently achieve higher gains in student achievement compared to peers who are not taught by Board-certified teachers, making learning gains equivalent to an extra one to two months in school.


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 For more information on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, visit


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