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Number of National Board Certified Teachers tops 100K

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards reports that, with today’s addition of 4,980 National Board Certified Teachers, the country now has more than 100,000 teachers in that category.

Spotsylvania had 54 of its 1,712 teachers with National Board certification for the 2011-12 school year. In December, the division announced that three more teachers - Susan Catlett and David Wessel of Riverbend High and Kristine Remudaro of Chancellor Elementary – had just attained that status, bringing the division total to 57.

You can check online for a list of teachers by school district with this certification. Check under “Quick District Search.”

Below is additional information from the National Board.

Recent findings from Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research show students whose teachers are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards have higher rates of achievement than their peers in the same districts.

There are now NBCTs successfully advancing student success in all 50 states, with the largest number of NBCTs in North Carolina, Washington state and Illinois. Nationally, the number of NBCTs has increased by 60 percent in the past five years.  Eleven states have more than doubled the number of NBCTs in the past five years: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Washington state and Wyoming.