Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Recognizes Excellence in Teaching

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

A total of 201 teachers earned National Board Certification in 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor 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 for the total number of NBCTs and moves Kentucky closer to meeting its legislative goal of having at least one National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in every public school by the year 2020.

“The First Lady and I are delighted and proud that these educators have earned their National Board Certification,” Gov. Beshear said. “These extraordinary teachers will help create an environment that enhances student learning experiences and has a major impact on the future of our students and our state.”

At today’s event, the Governor honored the 2014 class of teachers by highlighting a proclamation he signed in early March proclaiming “National Board Certified Teacher Day in the Commonwealth.”

Teachers who have participated in National Board Certification have overwhelmingly stated it is the most powerful professional development experience of their careers, said Robert Brown, executive director of the Education Professional Standards Board.

“Since its inception, Kentucky’s National Board Program has proved to be a model for many other states,” he said. “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate these educators for their commitment to the education of Kentucky’s children and for achieving the highest credential in the teaching profession through this rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process.”

Kentucky consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally for the total number of NBCTs, Brown said.

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.