2012, 4,980 teachers achieved National Board
Certification, bringing the total number of National
Board Certified Teachers nationwide to 102,237. One
hundred and twenty-one Colorado teachers earned National
Board Certification in 2012. This represents an 18
percent increase in teachers holding certifications in
Colorado, and marks the second consecutive year of a
double digit percent increase.
again, Colorado teachers recognize the importance of
National Board Certification and have exceeded our
expectations in achieving this distinction,” said Jami
Goetz, executive director of the Professional Services
and Educator Licensing Unit.
year, 12 states had at least a 10 percent increase in
the number of teachers earning national certification
over the prior year. Colorado’s increase was 18 percent,
ranking 12th nationwide in the number of
newly certified candidates. Colorado ranks 24th in the
total number of teachers who have earned National Board
Certification over time.
and more compelling data illustrate how high teaching
standards and rigorous peer review pay off through
increased student achievement. As we seek to better
support and elevate the teaching profession, we will
continue to look to National Board Certified Teachers
for insight as leading experts in the education field,”
said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.
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 (132), Denver Public Schools
(125), Cherry Creek School District (103), Douglas
County School District (50) and Colorado Springs School
District 11 (46). This year, Boulder Valley surpassed
DPS in numbers of total certified teachers and Cherry
Creek surpassed the 100 certified teachers mark.
Nationally, the number of
teachers who have achieved National Board Certification
is equivalent to approximately 3 percent of the teaching
force. Almost half of the nation’s NBCTs teach in
high-need schools and 15 percent are certified in
science, technology, engineering or math-related areas.
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.