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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: DECEMBER 9, 2008


North Carolina continues its momentum of leading the nation in the number of National Board Certified teachers as another 1,453 public school teachers celebrate achieving their profession's highest credential. This newest batch of credentialed teachers brings the state's total number of National Board Certified teachers to 14,211. The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) released its 2008 certification results this morning on "National Board Certification Day."

NBPTS President and CEO Joseph Aguerrebere said, "At a time when policymakers, educators and the public at large are looking for ways to improve education, a critical element begins with the quality of the teacher in the classroom. We know that each new class of National Board Certified teachers brings a better chance of providing a highly qualified teacher to every child in America."

Nationwide, 9,600 teachers and counselors became National Board Certified, bringing the national total to 73,477. North Carolina accounts for almost one-fifth of the nation's nationally certified teachers. Florida is the next closest state with 12,670 followed by South Carolina (6, 498), California (4,240) and Illinois (3,191).

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 1,487, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools is fourth with 1,211, Guilford County Public Schools is 11th with 520 and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools is 18th with 384.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee was pleased to learn that North Carolina continues to lead the nation in National Board Certified teachers and was quick to thank the Governor and General Assembly for their ongoing support. "We are so very fortunate that the state's leadership continues to see the importance of this program and is willing to be so supportive. Our state's numbers show that North Carolina teachers are willing to work hard to improve their professional skills," Lee said.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said the rewards of pursuing National Board Certification goes beyond the monetary. "The certification process provides teachers with the opportunity to analyze their teaching practice and reflect on how they deliver their instruction. This self-reflection is critical to improving classroom instruction and helping ensure that all students achieve their best," 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 has continued 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 from 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, candidates 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.