Washington has 946 New Board Certified Teachers

Yakima Schools Address Teacher Shortage

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — For the second year in a row, Washington has more new national board certified teachers than any other state.

Washington has 946 teachers who passed the rigorous evaluation process this year, nearly double the number of teachers who earned their certification last year.

The state now has a total of more than 8,000 board certified teachers.

To earn the certification, teachers must submit a complex portfolio and participate in content and teaching assessments. The portfolio is judged by a national panel of teachers.

Washington has 12 of the top 30 school districts in the nation for new board certified teachers: led by Seattle, Spokane, Bellevue, Evergreen, Kent and Issaquah.

Washington encourages teachers to seek the certification with cash loans during the process and bonuses afterward.