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North Carolina teachers excel in National Board Certification

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North Carolina has nearly 24,000 teachers who have earned certifications from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 486 of whom earned the endorsement last school year, according to a press release.

“Certification by the National Board is the highest credential in the teaching profession, and participation is voluntary. As a part of the certification 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 25 fields,” according to the release.

North Carolina is first in the nation for percentage of teachers who have earned board certification, with 23% of all teachers in the state earning it.

“This credential is a tremendous accomplishment that demonstrates classroom and content mastery,” said state Superintendent Catherine Truitt in a press release. “I want to congratulate these teachers for pursuing career advancement that benefits not only their students, but teachers across the state in elevating the profession.”

North Carolina makes up almost 18% of all the nationally certified teachers in the country, and the state’s districts are among the top 25 districts in the country of new teachers getting the certification. Six districts make the list, according to a press release:

  • Second: Wake County Schools (85)
  • Fourth: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (59)
  • 17th: Guilford County Schools (16)
  • 17th: Pitt County Schools (16)
  • 21st: New Hanover County Schools (14)
  • 21st: Union County Public Schools (14)

Teachers in the state with the certification get a 12% salary supplement and eight continuing education credits. Teachers can get low-interest loans to pay the $1,900 assessment fee, and three days off from normal teaching to “develop their portfolios,” according to the press release.

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