Only 26 La. teachers gained national certification in 2013, down significantly

Article By: Charles Lussier | December 19, 2013 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Continuing a long decline, only 26 Louisiana teachers achieved certification in 2013 from a well-regarded national teaching organization, a fraction as many as when the program was at its peak in this state.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced the results Tuesday. The teachers learned their individual results last month.

Louisiana’s latest results are one-sixth of what they were as recently as 2010, when 148 teachers earned the certification. At its peak in 2005, some 250 Louisiana teachers earned the distinction.

Nationally, the trend is similar. A total of 4,117 teachers achieved National Board certification in 2013, less than half as many as earned it in 2010.

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