Here’s some bright, shiny holiday season news from Debra Pastore, director of our program that supports teachers seeking certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
“National Board scores came out recently and again WSU did quite well. We had 104 first-time candidates, and 70 of them certified. That puts us at a 67 percent certification rate. Compared to the national rate (38-39 percent) and state of Washington rate (48-50 percent) for first-time candidates, WSU is a shining star.”
Deb credits the program’s faculty for the stellar results. “Our instructors are just amazing.”
State bonuses are one incentive that Washington teachers have for doing hard year-long certification work. But those bonuses are being challenged. For an explanation and opinion on the subject, read: Teachers ‘performance pay’ is promise the state should keep.