Teachers from seven school districts in the Pikes Peak region completed the lengthy process to earn the certification in the profession.

The largest school district in the area had the highest number of teachers who earned the credential. Nine Colorado Springs School District 11 teachers completed the process in 2012.

Additional achievements:

• Academy School District 20 — 1
• Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 — 2
• Falcon School District 49 — 3
• Lewis-Palmer School District 38 — 1
• Widefield School District 3 — 2
• Woodland Park School District RE-2 — 1

It takes between one and three years to achieve National Board Certification. Only about 38 percent of teachers who complete the process achieve certification the first time. A rigorous 400- to 600- hour performance-based assessment measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

Across Colorado, 120 teachers earned the highest credential in teaching in 2011-2012 school year. There are 764 teachers statewide who have achieved the title of National Board Certified Teacher, which also brings the Colorado Master Teacher Certificate, the top certification from the Colorado Department of Education.

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