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New York Teachers "At the Head of the Class"

December 4, 2007

Albany, NY - More than seven dozen New York State teachers have achieved the "gold standard" for teachers, in the form of certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Jimmy Minicello, a spokesman for the Board, says that's great news for the schools where the 85 teachers work, and for their hundreds of students.

"National Board-certified teachers have proven that they know their subject matter, and can successfully teach it and offer students the skills necessary to thrive in school and in the workplace."

The certification process takes hundreds of hours of classwork and up to a year for completion. Teachers are required to demonstrate their mastery of teaching, its effect on student performance and their outreach to parents and community.

Maria Neira with New York State United Teachers says New York students get a double benefit from working with these accredited master teachers, especially students in disadvantaged districts.

"The whole process here not only benefits the students, but it benefits the parents who are working collaboratively with the teacher. At the end, what you get is a learning community."

Neira says students with board-certified teachers have made great improvements in math, vocabulary, comprehension and high-level thinking. Statistics show that students of board-certified teachers score an average of seven to 15 percentage points higher on year-end tests than students of non-certified teachers.

Minicello says even teachers who have not gone through the certification process will benefit.

"Those who go through the process are likely to become teacher-mentors and assume other leadership roles in their schools."

Robert Knight/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NY