“At one time, Minnesota was one of the state leaders in creating pathways for board certification for our teachers,” the acting commissioner said. “Over time, that has waned quite a bit.”
Of the 67,000 teachers in the state, slightly fewer than 500 have achieved national board certification, according to Ricker. She compares that with medical doctors, who have a similar voluntary board certification process, but have 89 percent of physicians board certified.
“There is our model,” said Ricker, who serves on the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “There is our aspiration.”
Ricker, who awaits confirmation from the Minnesota Senate of her appointment by Gov. Tim Walz, said the key to increasing the number of board certified teachers comes through