Sixty-three Iowa teachers learned this week they’ve passed the test to receive National Board Certification. Judy Jeffrey of the Iowa Department of Education says it’s a designation given to teachers after a rigorous assessment of their work. She says the biggest assessment is the portfolio of their work the teachers must compile to show their knowledge of student learning and how they use that to help students. Jeffrey says it’s a high honor that has a monetary reward for teachers too. She says the certification is for 10 years and teachers receive an annual award of 25-hundred dollars each year from the state. Jeffrey says 387 of Iowa’s 32-thousand teachers now hold the certification. She says Iowa has a higher “pass rate” than other states for teachers who seek the certification. For more information on the certification process and the teachers who’ve gained certification, surf to www.nbpts.org.
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