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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: DECEMBER 4, 2007


Another 1,442 North Carolina public school teachers are celebrating achieving their highest professional credential – National Board Certification. This newest batch of credentialed teachers brings the state's total number of National Board Certified teachers to 12,770. The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) released its 2007 certification results this morning on "National Board Certification Day."

NBPTS President and CEO Joseph Aguerrebere said, "Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous criteria through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review." He added that National Board Certified teachers have demonstrated that they "not only know their subject matter but can successfully teach it."

Nationwide, 8,491 teachers and counselors became National Board Certified, bringing the national total to nearly 64,000. North Carolina accounts for one-fifth of the nation's nationally certified teachers. Florida is the next closest state with 10,875 National Board Certified teachers followed by South Carolina (5,729), California (3,878), and Ohio (2,757).

In addition, four North Carolina public school districts placed in the Top 20 districts nationally for the total number of national board certified teachers: Wake County Public Schools is second with 1,259, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is fourth with 1,049, Guilford County Schools is 11th with 465, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is 18th with 332.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee congratulated the state's newest recipients for meeting this challenge. "North Carolina public school teachers are fortunate to work in a state that values and fully supports their efforts to become Board certified. This financial and personal support is part of the reason why North Carolina continues to lead the nation in teachers receiving this credential."

State Superintendent June Atkinson said National Board Certified teachers set a high standard for teachers statewide. "By thoroughly analyzing their teaching practice and reflecting on their instruction delivery, teachers demonstrate their dedication to their students and to their learning," Atkinson said.

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 continues to grow.

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 typically takes one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. As a part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Certification is currently available to educators in 27 fields.

Additional information on National Board Certification is available online at or by contacting 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.