In Washington state this year, 575 more teachers earned the prestigious National Board Certification, an advanced teaching credential that comes with an annual bonus of $5,000.
Washington was second only to North Carolina in the number of new National Board Certified teachers. The state now has a total of 6,817 National Board teachers, more than all but three other states: North Carolina, Florida and South Carolina.
To earn the credential, awarded by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, teachers must submit a four-part portfolio, and pass six assessments. The portfolio is evaluated by a national panel of teachers.
The certifications must be renewed every 10 years.