Kentucky reaches new milestone in teacher certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced on Tuesday that 268 Kentucky teachers were awarded the prestigious National Board Certification in the class of 2012. The achievement recognizes these educators among the top in the profession and promises to improve student learning and achievement in classrooms across the state. Kentucky is ranked 7th in the number of teachers earning National Board Certification in the class of 2012.

 “Education is the top priority for the Kentucky Chamber, and we’re proud to see that teacher quality has reached a new milestone in the Commonwealth,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson.

Nationally, 4,980 teachers achieved certification.  This brings the total certified up to 102,237.  Kentucky has made tremendous progress and is ranked 9th overall in the total number of teachers in the U.S having earned National Board Certification.

National Board Certified Teachers are recognized as among the best teachers in the profession.  National Board certification is performance-based, measuring a teacher’s practice against high and rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review.  As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes, and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the specific subjects they teach.

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