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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07

NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: JANUARY 9, 2007

NORTH CAROLINA SURPASSES 10,000 CERTIFICATION MILESTONE;
ACCOUNTS FOR ONE-FIFTH OF NATION'S CERTIFIED TEACHERS

With the recent addition of 1,525 newly certified teachers (once again the largest class in the country), North Carolina has surpassed the 10,000 National Board Certified teachers' milestone with a total of 11,325 North Carolina teachers having achieved this prestigious certification. The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) released its 2006 certification results this morning.

Nationwide, 7,793 teachers and counselors earned certification this year, bringing the national total to 55,306. North Carolina accounts for one-fifth of the nation's nationally certified teachers. Florida is the next closest state with 9,238 National Board Certified teachers followed by South Carolina (5,077), California (3,659), Ohio (2,629) and Mississippi (2,555).

In addition, Wake County Public Schools leads the national district list with 1,156. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (955), Guilford County Schools (452) and Forsyth County Schools (311) were among the top 20 districts in the nation.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee attributed the state's continued success to the support teachers receive both at the state and local levels. "North Carolina has made a commitment from the Governor's office all the way to the schoolhouse to provide teachers support in their pursuit of certification. The State Board of Education congratulates each of these teachers for meeting this challenge."

State Superintendent June Atkinson said she was thrilled to hear that North Carolina has achieved such a signification milestone. "The State Board of Education has raised the bar in regard to what it expects of its public schools and its mission to educate children so that they are successful in a global economy. These teachers will help ensure that our schools fulfill this goal and graduate students who are future ready."

National Board Certification was first offered in 1994, when eight North Carolina teachers achieved this professional credential. Since then, the number of North Carolina teachers receiving the certification has grown dramatically.

North Carolina supports teachers in their efforts to achieve National Board Certification by:

  • paying up-front the $2,500 assessment fee (As a condition, the teacher is obligated to teach in the state during the following year whether they achieve National Board Certification or not.)
  • providing three paid release days from normal teacher responsibilities to help teachers develop their portfolios
  • providing a 12 percent salary supplement to the teachers' regular salary upon receipt of National Board Certification (good for the 10-year life of the certification)
  • awarding 15 continuing education units (CEUs) to the individual completing the National Board Certification process.

Also, the State Board of Education awards a North Carolina teaching license to out-of-state teachers who are employed in North Carolina and who possess National Board Certification.

National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession, and participation is voluntary. Teachers achieve certification through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. Certification is currently available to educators in 27 fields.

For more information about National Board Certification, please contact the NCDPI's Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

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.