Washington has the largest group of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) for the third consecutive year, according to numbers released today by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
A total of 329 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year. Washington ranks fourth, nationwide, in the total number of NBCTs (8,614)*.
“The National Board certification process is not easy,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “It takes content knowledge and commitment to student learning. I’m proud of the work these teachers have done for their students and their profession.”
Washington by the numbers
- Number of new NBCTs in 2015: 329 (national rank: 1st)
- Total number of NBCTs: 8,614 (national rank: 4th)
- Washington has two of the top 30 school districts in the nation for the total number of NBCTs.
- 38% (126) of new NBCTs teach in “challenging schools.”
- 14% (8,614) of teachers are NBCTs.
- 33% (107) of new NBCTs teach in STEM fields
Evergreen – Clark (17)
Federal Way (16)
North Thurston (11)
Clover Park (10)
+ Seattle Public Schools ranks nationally in the top 30 districts by total number of NBCTs.
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).
To note, there is research that says having an advanced teaching degree doesn't matter/help and yet other research says students do learn more from board-certified teachers.