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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The highest number ever of Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) teachers have earned the highest professional standard in teaching.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has awarded 62 JCPS teachers National Board Certification. This number ranks JCPS fourth in the country for newly nationally certified teachers.
JCPS now has 330 nationally certified teachers, which is more than other school districts in San Francisco (293), New York (207), and Philadelphia (197).
The district also helped Kentucky obtain the sixth-highest number of new nationally certified teachers in the country. Kentucky's total is now 2,980, ranking it tenth in the nation.
Candidates are required to complete a portfolio of classroom practice, as well as an assessment of standards-based content knowledge.
"I commend all of our National Board Certified Teachers for their dedication to our children and their academic success," JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said. "These teachers are furthering our mission to provide instruction that inspires so that all students graduate prepared."
National Board Certification is administered through the NBPTS, an independent organization. To be eligible for National Board Certification, teachers must have taught a minimum of three years, hold a valid state teaching license, and possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.