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NEWS RELEASES 2004-05 :: DECEMBER 1, 2004


When it comes to National Board Certified teachers, North Carolina continues to lead the pack according to certification results released yesterday by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This year's addition of 1,675 newly certified teachers and counselors, the largest class in the country, brings the state's total number of National Board Certified teachers and counselors to 8,280. Nationwide, 8,056 teachers and counselors earned certification this year, bringing the national total to 40,200.

Gov. Mike Easley said he was proud that North Carolina has more National Board Certified teachers than any other state. "These numbers are proof that our efforts to improve teacher quality and professional development are paying off as we continue to strive for higher student achievement," said Easley. "Our top ranking in the number of board certified teachers shows that our teachers are deeply committed to the children and to education in this state."

State Superintendent Tricia Willoughby echoed Gov. Easley's pleasure in the state's continued number one ranking in Board certified teachers. "We know that North Carolina has high quality teachers in the classroom and these numbers reflect this. Achieving National Board Certification is no small feat and I applaud those educators who pursued this high standard. I also want to commend the General Assembly and the State Board of Education for their continued support."

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 equaling almost 10 percent of the state's teaching force.

Florida ranks second in the total number of National Board Certified teachers at 6,364, followed by South Carolina (3,866), California (3,080) and Ohio (2,374).

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

  • paying up front the $2,300 assessment fee. (As a condition, the teacher is obligated to teach in the state 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 for completing the National Board Certification process.

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

National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. A voluntary process, 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 teachers in 27 fields. This is the first year educators could earn certification in literacy and counseling.

Research conducted by Arizona State University in September 2004 found that students of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) outperformed students of non-NBCTs on the Stanford-9 Achievement Test, with learning gains equivalent on average to spending more than an extra month in school each year.

For more information about National Board Certification, please contact Dan Holloman, Center for Teacher Recruitment and Retention, NC Department of Public Instruction, 919.807.3375.

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.