Bellingham among nation’s leaders in new board-certified teachers

New data ranks Bellingham School District in the top 30 districts in the nation for teachers achieving National Board Certification, with 25 teachers having been certified in 2014.

Nearly 40 teachers achieved National Board Certification in Whatcom County in 2014, according to data released by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Lynden School District had four teachers certified, and Blaine, Ferndale and Mount Baker districts each had three newly certified teachers. Nooksack Valley School District had one new teacher certified.

Teachers can earn National Board Certification by submitting a four-part portfolio and a six-exercise content and pedagogy assessment that is evaluated by a national panel.

Washington has the largest group of new National Board Certified teachers in the nation, and the state ranks fourth in the overall number of certified teachers, according to the state superintendent of public instruction.

The full list of newly certified teachers for each district can be found on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standard’s website, nbpts.org.