Only 54 teachers in Louisiana have received certification last year from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. That's down from 102 in 2011 and 148 in 2010.
The downward trend is likely to continue here in Louisiana. The director of state policy and outreach says the number of new Louisiana applicants for certification for 2013 is down 60% from where it was a year ago.
One factor may be the poor economy which could have made it harder for teachers to afford the $2500 fee associated with the national board certification.
Louisiana's peak for nationally certified teachers was in 2005 with 250 teachers.