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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: DECEMBER 1, 2003

Contact: Cooper Bratton, Asst. Press Secretary
Governor's Press Office


N.C. Leads Nation for New Certifications and Total Number of National Board Certified Teachers

RALEIGH - Gov. Mike Easley announced today North Carolina once again leads the nation in the number of teachers who have earned certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. This year's addition of 1,509 newly certified teachers, the largest class in the country, brings the state total to 6,646 national board certified teachers.

"Earning National Board Certification is no easy task," said Easley. "It requires teachers to demonstrate outstanding teaching methods and considerable content knowledge in their chosen subjects.

"These rankings show our teachers are deeply committed to the children and to education in this state. I am proud of what they have achieved and what that means for our public schools," said Easley.

National Board Certification requires an extensive series of performance-based assessments including teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidates' classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.

North Carolina supports teachers' efforts to achieve National Board Certification in the following ways:

  1. Payment up front of the $2,300 assessment fee. (Teachers are obligated to teach in the state the following year whether they achieve certification.)
  2. Three paid release days from normal teacher responsibilities in order to develop their portfolios.
  3. A 12 percent salary supplement to the teachers' regular salary, good for the 10-year life of the certification.
  4. 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.

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.