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Kentucky ranks 6th in U.S. for percentage of board-certified teachers

9th for total number of board-certified teachers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2017) — Kentucky now ranks 6th in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are certified by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 9th for the total number of board-certified teachers. The state recently celebrated 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed NBCTs, bringing the total to 3,292.

Kentucky has consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally for the number of board-certified teachers. Three of the new NBCTs are the first in their schools or district.

“Teachers are the power behind National Board Certification. The standards, assessments, and organization are run by teachers and for teachers,” said Holly Bloodworth, NBCT, president of the Kentucky NBCT Network. Bloodworth led the reciting of the Five Core Propositions, the foundation of board-certification, considered the education profession’s Hippocratic Oath at the ceremony.

National Board Certification is voluntary and open to all teachers who have three years of classroom experience and a baccalaureate degree. National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from preschool through twelfth grade.

Kentucky has strong statewide support for National Board Certification. NBCTs are entitled to an annual $2,000 salary bonus for the life of their certificate. Upon successful completion of board certification, Kentucky teachers currently holding a Rank II certificate are eligible to apply for Rank I.