Ascension Parish ranks fifth in Louisiana for National Board Certified Teachers

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – The Ascension Parish school district placed in the top five in Louisiana for the highest total number of National Board Certified Teachers, according to state education officials.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced its 2009 Class of Board Certified Teachers, and the list includes 132 Louisiana teachers. This brings the number of National Board Certified Teachers in the state to 1,532. Louisiana ranks 16th nationwide in the number of new NBCTs this year and 15th in the country in the total number of NBCTs in its teaching population.

The top five districts with the highest total number are: Jefferson Parish with 176, St. Tammany Parish with 131, East Baton Rouge Parish with 128, Caddo Parish with 115 and Ascension with 73.

NBCTs must meet strict standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. To earn the certification, teachers must respond to computer-based exercises that measure subject matter knowledge. They must also assemble portfolio entries, including video recordings of their classroom teaching, written analysis of student learning using student work samples, and reflection and evaluation of their teaching practice. Once a teacher applies for National Board Certification, it may take up to three years to complete the certification process.