Kentucky ranked 6th in nation in teachers earning credentials last year
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2015) — Gov. Steve Beshear today joined Kentucky teachers who earned their National Board Certification in 2014 and praised them for their dedication to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for 21st century success.
A total of 201 teachers earned their National Board Certification in 2014, ranking Kentucky 6th in the nation in the number of teachers earning this credential.
The number of Kentucky’s National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) now totals 3,181, ranking the state 9th in the nation.
National Board Certification is voluntary and open to all educators who have a baccalaureate degree and three years of classroom experience in either a public or private school. National Board Certification is an arduous process, but it is one that causes teachers to learn, reflect, and apply their hard-earned experience to improvement of student learning in the classroom.
It is practical and focused, and students are the direct beneficiaries of this experience and training. 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.
National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K-12th grades. National Board Standards are written for teachers, by teachers and accomplished teachers are represented at every level of the organization, from key staff roles to the NBPTS Board of Directors and the Certification Council, which guides policy and implementation of the certification program.