919...

That is the number of Washington teachers who are newly National Board certified today. Washington is third in the nation in new National Board-certified teachers. It also places us eighth in the nation with a total of 2,726.

Certification is very difficult -- it is a year-long introspective journey requiring portfolios, tests, video taping of lessons and a lot of hard work. WEA supports National Board Certification candidates through its very popular Jump Start and Home Stretch programs. Some 1,300 candidates participated last year.

 

More numbers:

  • Washington nearly doubled the number of teachers who achieved certification over last year’s numbers.
  • Washington NBCTs make up 5.3 percent of the state’s teaching force.
  • Seattle and Bellevue are in the top 20 nationally in new 2008 NBCTs. Seattle has a quarter of those newly certified teachers in “challenging” schools.
  • Legislation passed in 2007 awards a $5,000 bonus to each certified teacher. Teachers can receive 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.
  • The state’s top five districts in terms of the cumulative total of NBCTs are: Bellevue (242), Seattle (116), Lake Washington (100), Evergreen (85) and Spokane (78).
  • Districts with their first NBCT this year: Bickleton, Columbia (Stevens County), Coupeville, Grandview, Highland, Kettle Falls, Liberty, Manson, Mary Walker, Nooksack, North Franklin, Oakville, Riverside, Rochester, San Juan Island, South Whidbey, Southside, Toledo, Wahluke, Warden and Waterville.
  • More than 2,000 teachers have signed up as candidates for 2008-09, including more than 70 Seattle teachers from high-needs schools.

Click here for the list of Washington’s newest National Board-certified teachers, sorted by school district. For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, visit the NBPTS Web site.