NC CONTINUES TO TOP THE NATION IN NUMBER OF TEACHERS WITH NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION
State Superintendent Mike Ward today announced that North Carolina continues to lead the nation in the number of teachers who have earned certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the most accepted symbol of teaching excellence in the United States.
North Carolina has a total of 3,667 teachers who have earned the certification, including 1,260 teachers who just learned of their new status last week. National Board Certification was first offered in 1994, when eight North Carolina teachers received this important professional credential. The number of North Carolina teachers receiving the certification has grown dramatically since then.
Florida is the state with the second highest number of teachers who are Nationally Certified.
State Superintendent Ward announced the latest figures at a news conference at Washington Elementary School in Raleigh, where he introduced three teachers at the school who just learned they had successfully received certification. They are Lynn Bitting, a physical education teacher; Roseanne Brown, a kindergarten teacher; and Tracy Failla, a second grade teacher. These three teachers are among 121 Wake County teachers who were notified of their certification this month.
"Achieving National Board Certification is a strong endorsement of teacher quality, and it is encouraging that North Carolina has so many classroom teachers who are seeking this credential," Ward said. "I want to thank all the teachers who have been willing to undergo this rigorous process and also the General Assembly and State Board of Education for their strong support of National Certification."
Governor Mike Easley also praised the teachers who achieved National Board Certification.
"I am proud that, once again, North Carolina has more National Board Certified teachers than any other state," said North Carolina Governor Mike Easley. "It shows that we are making real progress to ensure our students are getting the quality education they deserve. These professionals have proven that they are committed to their profession. The National Board Certification program is rigorous and all our National Board Certified teachers deserve to be commended for their hard work."
North Carolina supports efforts by teachers to achieve National Board Certification in the following ways:
- Payment up front of the $2,300 assessment fee. (The teacher is obligated to teach in the state the following year whether they achieve National Board Certification or not.)
- Three paid release days from normal teacher responsibilities in order to develop their portfolios.
- A 12 percent salary supplement to the teachers' regular salary, good for the 10-year life of the certification.
- 15 continuing education units (CEUs) awarded to the individual for completing the National Board Certification process.
Also, the State Board of Education awards a North Carolina teaching license to out-of-state teachers who possess National Board Certification.
National Board Certification assessments require teachers to demonstrate teaching practice, content knowledge and pedagogical-content knowledge. Nationally, approximately half of all applicants receive certification. Certification is currently available to teachers in 27 fields.
A study in 2000 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards concluded that teachers who had achieved the certification tended to have an edge over non-certified teachers in terms of delivering instruction to students. The certified teachers were seen as more likely to use a variety of instructional approaches to meet students' needs.
For more information about National Board Certification, please contact Cecil Banks, manager, Center for Teacher Recruitment and Retention, NC Department of Public Instruction, 919.807.3375.
Click here (pdf, 202kb) to see a chart of National Board Certified teachers.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.