The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced Tuesday that Washington state is continuing its role as a leader in national teacher certification. It said Washington ranked second in the nation this year for the number of teachers newly certified under the board’s program. It ranks fourth nationally for total numbers of teachers certified.
The board said that in 2012, North Carolina produced the highest number of new national board certified teachers, with 636. Washington was second, with 573.
Washington has been a leader in the national board rankings for several years. A total of 6,739 Washington teachers have completed the rigorous certification program.
Most of the state’s board certified teachers are members of the Washington Education Association (WEA), which partners with the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to offer support and training for potential board certified candidates.
“When legislators convene in Olympia next week, I hope they recognize their support for high-quality teaching is paying off,” WEA President Mary Lindquist said in a written statement.
More than 13 percent of Washington teachers are board certified, compared to 3 percent nationally, according to WEA. Washington teachers who complete their certification receive an annual state-funded stipend of $5,090, plus another $5,000 if they teach in a high-needs school. About 25 percent of Washington’s board certified teachers work in high-needs schools, WEA said.
Federal Way Public Schools ranked 13th in the nation among all school districts for the number of teachers certified this year. A total of 30 Federal Way teachers joined the ranks this year, bringing the district total to 174, according to the national board.
Washington’s top five school districts, in terms of number of board-certified teachers, are Bellevue, Seattle, Spokane, Lake Washington and Evergreen (Vancouver).
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