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WA State Ranks 3rd for Nationally Certified Teachers in 2008

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TRI-CITIES, Wash-- More than 900 teachers in our state were nationally certified this year this year the Pasco and Kennewick School Districts more than doubled their number of board certified teachers.

It's not easy for a teacher to be nationally certified. They have to go through almost a year long process. Not only is tuition expensive but they have to submit several reports throughout the year. That includes videos of them teaching and a portfolio of projects they have done with their students. 

To become certified they must be approved by a national panel of teachers. Washington teachers can earn a $5,000 bonus. Teachers certified in high-poverty schools get $10,000.
In Pasco 90 percent of the new certified teachers are in high-poverty schools.

"We are so lucky with our teaching staff. We have highly qualified teachers and people that are very committed to the profession, but it's ongoing learning. All of us as educators continue to be that quote life long learners," said Vickiy Van Beek, Pasco School District.

Pasco now has almost 40 certified teachers. The Kennewick School District has 33 teachers who gained the credential this year alone and Richland had five.