North Carolina’s teachers are among the most credentialed in the country according to a national credentialing body. North Carolina added 330 new National Board Certified Teachers (NCBT) this week, bringing the state’s total to 20,122. That figure leads the nation.
According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 21 percent of the state’s teachers are national board certified. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools ranked fourth nationally with 1,927 certified teachers.
State Superintendent June Atkinson spoke about the benefits of teacher certification.
"Pursing certification while adjusting to new standards and new assessments takes a depth of dedication that reaps rewards beyond the classroom," she said. "Students, colleagues and the community benefit from these educators' commitment to educational excellence, whether they are in the classroom or in administrative roles."
Teachers achieve certification through a 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.