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Posted January 7, 2015

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APS Ranks 6th in Number of New National Board Certified Teachers

56 Albuquerque Public Schools teachers earned the prestigious certification in 2014.

For more information on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, visit www.nbpts.org.

Albuquerque Public Schools ranks sixth in the nation in the number of teachers earning National Board Certification last year, with 56 teachers achieving the distinguished honor.

APS now has 497 teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, placing it among the top 20 districts in the nation.

“The teachers in Albuquerque Public Schools are dedicated professionals who are devoted to their students, and our ranking among the top districts in the nation is evidence of that,” said APS Interim Superintendent Brad Winter. “Congratulations to the 56 teachers who earned national certification last year and to the nearly 500 who had attained the honor.”

Half of the 102 teachers in New Mexico who earned board certification last year are from APS, and more than half of all certified teachers in the state – 497 of 970 – work for Albuquerque Public Schools. 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization that advances the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching. National Board Certification is a voluntary system that certifies teachers who meet high and rigorous standards.

As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

The APS teachers certified in 2014:

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