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Posted: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 11:31 AM HST

59 Hawaii teachers earn national certification

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Dozens of Hawaii teachers have achieved National Board certification.

The state Department of Education says the certification is considered the highest mark of accomplishment in the teaching profession.

The department announced Monday that 59 teachers achieved the certification this year, bringing Hawaii's total to 469.

National Board President and CEO Ronald Thorpe says only a small fraction of the country's teachers are board-certified.

According to the state, Hawaii has experienced the fastest growth in the number of National Board certification over the past three years.

The department says becoming National Board-certified involves a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process that's similar to board certification in other fields, such as medicine.

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