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News Release - Colorado Gaining National Board Certified Teachers

Jan. 8, 2013

News Release

National number of Board-Certified Teachers tops 100,000; Colorado continues to show gains

In 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.

“Once 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.

This 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 12thnationwide in the number of newly certified candidates. Colorado ranks 24th in the total number of teachers who have earned National Board Certification over time.

“More 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.

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 (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.

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

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