NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: DECEMBER 15, 2010


North Carolina has 2,277 newly-certified National Board teachers currently working in its public school classrooms according to the 2010 certification results just released by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This newest batch of credentialed teachers brings the state's total number of National Board Certified Teachers to 17,957, by far the largest number of certified teachers in the nation.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the newly-certified teachers, saying the certification process gives teachers an important opportunity to reflect on their work. "Often we are too busy to step back and evaluate how we do our jobs. The National Board Certification process provides teachers the opportunity to analyze how well they know the curriculum and how they are delivering it to students. This reflection is critical to improving classroom instruction," Atkinson said.

NBPTS President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Aguerrebere said, "For more than a decade, National Board Certified Teachers have been transforming our nation's schools by demonstrating effective teaching practice. These outstanding educators are making a positive difference in the lives of students."

Nationwide, 8,639 teachers and counselors received National Board Certification, bringing the national total to 91,013. North Carolina accounts for almost one-fifth of the nation's National Board Certified Teachers. Florida is the next closest state with 13,532 followed by South Carolina (7,784), Washington (5,232) and California (4,913).

In addition, six North Carolina public school districts placed in the Top 20 districts nationally for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers: Wake County Schools is first with 2,031, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is fourth with 1,738, Guilford County Schools is 10th with 674, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools is 16th with 477, Buncombe County Schools is 19th with 437 and New Hanover County Schools is 20th with 402.

North Carolina teachers have pursued National Board Certification since 1994. Teachers who achieve certification receive a salary supplement on top of their regular pay that is good for the 10-year life of the certification. They also are awarded 15 continuing education credits (CEUs).

North Carolina supports teachers pursuing National Board Certification by providing low-interest loans to pay the $2,500 assessment fee and three paid release days from normal teacher responsibilities to develop their portfolios. 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 160 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.