COLUMBUS 417 state educators are certified

Ohio ranks fifth among states in the number of teachers achieving certification this year.
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Education has released the names of 417 Ohio educators, including 27 from Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, who have joined the ranks of national board certified teachers.
The one-year certification process includes submission of portfolios of student work, videotapes, and evaluations and other documentation to affirm the teachers' knowledge of their particular subject as well as their ability to teach subjects effectively and manage and measure learning.
The process concludes with an exam. Candidates must hold bachelor's degrees and have three years of classroom experience.
Ohio's ranking: Ohio ranks fifth among states in the number of teachers achieving certification this year and ranks third in the nation for the total number of teachers that have achieved certification (1,334).
Ohio school districts recording the largest number of newly certified teachers are Columbus with 20 teachers, Cincinnati with 16 and Hilliard with 15.
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, which administers the test, is the only national program to measure and reward teacher quality.
"Research tells us the quality of the teacher is the single most important factor in the classroom that determines how well students learn," said Dr. Susan Tave Zelman, Ohio superintendent of public instruction.
Ohio is one of 39 states that provide incentives to encourage participation in the program. In 2000-01, the Ohio Legislature provided state funds to pay each candidate's $2,300 application fee as well as $300,000 in grants to fund 18 regional support sites for Ohio National Board candidates.
This year, an additional 900 candidates from Ohio are pursuing certification with support from the state.
Also, $250,000 has been allocated to support 23 regional support sites throughout Ohio.

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