Washington ranks second in National Board Certified Teachers this year
Numbers released today show Washington public schools rank second in the nation for the most teachers who have earned prestigious National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Washington remains a national leader in both the number of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and the total number of NBCTs teaching in our state's public schools.
Washington Education Association President Mary Lindquist said the relatively large number of National Board Certified Teachers in Washington is indicative of the overall high quality of public school teachers across the state.
Earlier today, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced 575 Washington teachers had earned their National Board Certification in 2012, second only to North Carolina. In total, 6,817 Washington public school teachers have successfully completed the rigorous two-year process for becoming National Board Certified Teachers.
"When legislators convene in Olympia next week, I hope they recognize their support for high-quality teaching is paying off," Lindquist said. "Whether it's incentive pay for National Board Certified Teachers or funding our state's rigorous new teacher evaluation system, investing in quality teachers is good for our state's students."
Most of the state's National Board Certified Teachers are members of the Washington Education Association, which partners with the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to offer support and training for potential NBCTs. More than 13 percent of Washington teachers are board certified, compared to 3 percent nationally. NBCTs receive an annual state-funded stipend of $5,090, plus another $5,000 if they teach in a challenging school (which is based on the number of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch). About 25 percent of Washington’s National Board Certified Teachers teach in challenging schools.