teacher certification

Just 54 teachers in Louisiana achieved certification in 2012 from a well-regarded national teaching organization.

The Advocate reports the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced the results Monday. The totals are down from 102 in 2011 and 148 in 2010.

Louisiana's peak for nationally certified teachers was 250 teachers in 2005.

The downward trend is likely to continue, at least in Louisiana.