Aledo Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Pictured from the left are current Aledo teachers Peggy Johnson, Kay Hucke, Britt Hagens and Andrea Hesse who have achieved National Board Certification in 2008.

 Teaching quality in the Aledo School District has taken a major step forward following today's announcement by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS(r)) that Andrea Hesse, a business teacher at Aledo High School; Kay Hucke, a mathematics teacher at Aledo High School; Britt Hagens, a language arts teacher at Aledo Junior High School; and Peggy Johnson, a mathematics teacher at Aledo Junior High School have achieved National Board Certification in 2008.

The early December announcement comes shortly after the highly respected National Research Council of the National Academies found that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than those taught by teachers who have not applied or did not achieve certification. According to the report, the "evidence is clear that National Board Certification distinguishes more effective teachers from less effective teachers with respect to student achievement."

The Congressionally-mandated report also found that National Board Certification has a positive impact on teacher retention and professional development.

"National Board Certification is a sound investment--a proven education reform movement that has taken the culture of teaching to a higher level," said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, NBPTS president and CEO. "We are proud that Andrea Hesse, Kay Hucke, Britt Hagens, and Peggy Johnson are among the more than 70,000 National Board Certified Teachers leading the way in preparing America's diverse student population with the skills it needs to compete in the 21st century workplace."

Research consistently shows that National Board Certified Teachers provide their students with quality learning. Like board certification in medicine or accounting, National Board Certification is teaching's highest professional credential.  

"Better schools and improved student learning are goals we all support. The key is better teaching. With each new class of National Board Certified Teachers, more students are benefiting from the innovative strategies and renewed commitment to student learning that these advanced teachers bring to the classroom," said former Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes, chair of the NBPTS Board of Directors. "The certification process itself and incentives for those who earn the credential help meet the challenges of retaining our most accomplished teachers in the classroom and in the profession."

National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward accomplished teachers. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, NBCTs have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.

As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, video recordings and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.

National Board Certified Teachers consistently receive top teaching honors while representing about two percent of the nation's teaching population.

For example:

* Four of the last eight National Teacher of the Year recipients are NBCTs.

* Nearly a quarter of the 2008 State Teachers of the Year are NBCTs.

* More than one-third of the recipients of the 2007 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are NBCTs.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 700 local school districts recognize National Board Certification as a mark of distinction.

For more information about NBPTS and national certification, visit the web site at www.nbpts.org.