FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Kentucky has announced that 258 teachers in the commonwealth have achieved National Board Certification, placing Kentucky sixth in the nation for the number of teachers earning the certification in 2013.
National Board Certification demonstrates that teachers have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for 21st-century success. Kentucky’s total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) now totals 2,980, making it 10thin the nation.
To earn the certification, teaching professionals must go through a rigorous, performance-based peer-review process. To date, more than 106,000 teachers in all 50 states and around the world have achieved the certification, which is considered the highest mark of accomplishment in the profession.
“Achieving National Board Certification is not only a great personal achievement,” said National Board President and CEO Ron Thorpe, “it is a strong statement about a teacher’s commitment to the profession and to students and their learning.”
Upon successful completion of the National Board Certification process, Kentucky teachers currently holding a Rank II certificate are eligible to apply for Rank I and may serve as mentors for Kentucky’s aspiring NBPTS candidates.
Kentucky has a strong and growing statewide support and incentives for National Board Certification. NBCTs are entitled to an annual $2,000 salary bonus for the life of their certificate.
“Teachers are our front line in preparing Kentucky’s students to face tomorrow’s challenges,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “Kentucky is committed to the legislative goal of having accomplished teachers who have achieved National Board Certification in every public school by 2020. In our efforts to meet this ambitious goal, we will raise the level of teaching and learning across the commonwealth.”