State is fourth in certified teachers

  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:23am
  • News

Washington has 87 newly certified National Board Certified Teachers this year. An additional 271 teachers renewed their certificate, meaning Washington ranks fourth nationwide in the total number of NBCTs.

“I’m extremely proud of our role as a leader in the National Board program,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “By continuing to support teachers through this rigorous certification process, we’re saying, ‘Teaching matters, and it’s a profession worth investing in.’”

This is the last year teachers can certify under the old certification process. Across the country, fewer teachers were certified as a result. December 2017 is the earliest candidates can certify under the new certification process. Certification under the new process can take up to five years. Washington currently has nearly 4,000 teachers in the pipeline, which represents 19 percent of all candidates and the highest in the country.

“We are thrilled to add more teachers to the National Board family and continue Washington’s prominence as a national leader,” said Nasue Nishida, executive director of the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession. “By achieving this certificate these teachers have demonstrated an accomplished level of their teaching practice and are making positive impacts on their students’ learning.”

The state’s bonus and conditional loan programs have been critical to the National Board program’s success and a rapid increase in the number of NBCTs in Washington. Candidates also receive significant professional support throughout the process.

“Washington Education Association educators continue to be number one in the nation in receiving National Board Certification,” said Kim Mead, president of the association. “I am proud of the program developed by our association to assist individuals through the process and the dedication of the NBCTs to education and their students.”

Washington began incentivizing National Board Certification in 1999 with a 15 percent pay increase. In 2007, the state Legislature passed a bill that awards a $5,000 bonus to each NBCT. Teachers can receive up to an additional $5,000 bonus if they teach in “challenging” schools, which are defined as having a certain percentage of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch (50 percent for high schools, 60 percent for middle schools and 70 percent for elementary schools).

More in News

Students, staff move into new Enumclaw High classrooms

Construction isn’t over, but students can now enjoy new health, social sciences classrooms and science labs, as well as new school library.

One dead, two injured in Bonney Lake Fire

Crews arrived early this morning to find a fully-engulfed double-wide mobile home.

Metro revises timeline for RapidRide bus expansion

After originally aiming to build 20 additional fast-service bus lines on high demand routes by 2040, King County Metro has changed its construction timelines and put 13 of those projects on hold.

Pierce library system seeking levy lift to keep facilities, programs operating

If approved, the levy will increase the annual tax bill by around $32 a year, bringing the average total up to $160 annually.

Joseph Sewell talked to the Buckley City Council on Oct. 9 about his potential marijuana processing business and wine and beer setup right off SR 410. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Buckley sets limits on marijuana trade, allowing room for one more

A new marijuana producer is looking to open up off SR 410, and include a new wine and beer stop for Buckley residents and visitors.

General election ballots mailed | Secretary of State

Don’t put off sending in your ballot this year, even though it’s easier than ever to mail it in.

Recovering the mantle of ‘senior’

The Enumclaw Senior Center, with the help of a potential five-year grant from the county, hopes to change how people think about getting older.

Halloween pet photo event | Tractor Supply Company

Get a photo dressed up with your furry friend this Halloween.

Most Read