Teacher effectiveness has become one of the most critical issues facing America’s schools today. Teaching excellence at Camden Hills Regional High School has taken a step forward following the announcement by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards that Chris Walker-Spencer and David Doubleday have achieved National Board Certification in 2010.

The total number of National Board Certified teachers at Camden Hills now totals 10, which places Camden Hills in the top five schools in Maine for National Board Certified Teachers.

A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, National Board Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.

“For more than a decade, National Board Certified Teachers have been transforming our nation’s schools by demonstrating effective teaching practice,” said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, NBPTS president and chief executive officer in a press release. “I am proud that Chris Walker-Spencer and David Doubleday are among a select group of excellent teachers nationwide who have achieved National Board Certification. These outstanding educators are making a positive difference in the lives of students.”

“Like board-certified medical doctors, National Board Certified Teachers have met high standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review,” said Aguerrebere.

National Board Certified Teachers consistently receive top teaching honors while representing about 2 percent of the nation’s teaching population. For example:

· Three of the past five National Teachers of the Year are National Board Certified.

· One-third of the 2010 State Teachers of the Year are National Board Certified.

· More than one-third of the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are National Board Certified.

· Four of the five National Teachers Hall of Fame 2010 honorees are National Board Certified.

In the most rigorous and comprehensive study to date about National Board Certification, the non-partisan National Research Council found that students taught by NBCTs make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by other teachers.