Wake County Schools

Wake schools ranked No. 1 nationwide in 'gold standard' teachers

Posted December 4, 2014

Wake County Public School System

— For the ninth consecutive year, the Wake County Public School System has the most nationally certified teachers of any school district in the country, the system announced Thursday.

With 90 teachers recently earning certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the district currently has 2,455 nationally certified teachers. The certification is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in teaching.

“Achieving national certification is no easy task," Superintendent Jim Merrill said in a statement. "It’s a true indicator of a teacher’s profound commitment to the very best for his or her students. We are quite proud of these dedicated professionals.”

The certification process, which can take up to three years, requires teachers to take on leadership roles, collaborate with peers and analyze their teaching practices and their impact on student learning. Certifications must be renewed every 10 years.

Once a North Carolina teacher is nationally certified, they’re eligible for a 12 percent increase from the state.


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  • raphael27520 Dec 5, 2014

    And yet SAT scores in Wake County are dropping......I wonder why?

  • Bill Brasky Dec 5, 2014

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    The article says Wake County have won this award for 9 straight years...First sentence.

  • Bill Brasky Dec 5, 2014

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    Read the first sentence in the article

  • glarg Dec 5, 2014

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    ""The differences in achievement gain between NBPTS-certified teachers and those not certified are so small as to be barely detectable," said J.E. Stone, an educational psychology professor at East Tennessee State University who conducted one of the value-added studies. "The people who are trying to convince policymakers that those differences represent an educationally important advantage are misrepresenting the available evidence."But by all means lets congratulate ourselves on all the Progress! on! Education! even though there is no discernible effect on student learning- which is what actually matters.

  • Melanie Lane Dec 5, 2014
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    don't worry teapublicans.. this will change.. you guys have elected people designed to end public education and running off good teachers is just the start!!

  • beaupeep Dec 5, 2014

    "Wake schools ranked No. 1 nationwide in SAT scores" would be something to write a story about..........

  • Jeff Herring Dec 5, 2014
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    If only we had a "gold standard" school board and state legislature to back them up rather than a bunch of tea party hacks.

  • Travis Everette Dec 5, 2014
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    I don't even want to begin to think how sad some of you must be as people to try to skew this into something negative. Smile once in a while....it's extremely healthy.

  • hiddentreasurescruecds Dec 5, 2014

    Is it amazing to anyone else how negative some people can be? They must live such awful lives that they constantly feel the need to berate and degrade any sign of success from anyone else around them. What a sad commentary on society...

  • Olenc Native Dec 5, 2014
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    You could just Google "NBPTS student achievement" and read all the research yourself.