National Board certification fizzles in Florida
Just two years ago, Florida led the nation in new National Board certified teachers. Eight Florida districts ranked in the top 20, including Broward with 358 -- more than any other in the country.
This year, the entire state didn't reach that number. Just 273 teachers got the extra level of certification, which takes hundreds of hours of work to attain. Broward remained the top Florida district, but this time only 53 of its educators earned the recognition.
Orange County came in at No. 5 for Florida with a whopping 7 National Board certified teachers.
What's the difference? The state cut off financial support for the program, with many lawmakers saying teachers who completed it showed no proof of better student outcomes than those who did not. We wondered at the time if the defunding would drop Florida from first to worst in National Board certifications.
For now, it's just ninth. But that's a steep decline for just two years.