News in Brief
NBPTS Cites Record Jump in Awards of Its Credential
Almost 8,500 teachers earned advanced certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this year, representing the largest increase in the history of the Arlington, Va.-based board.
The number of newly credentialed teachers rose 8.6 percent over the number in 2006, the organization reported. Twenty-five states had at least a 20 percent increase in the number of teachers earning the credential.
More than 63,800 teachers in all have achieved the certification, first granted in the 1993-94 school year and available only to experienced teachers.
The certification process entails extensive documentation of classroom practice, as well as a written test of subject matter and teaching methods.
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