NC, Wake County teachers continue leading nation in rigorous certifications
North Carolina and the Wake County Public School System continue to lead the nation with the highest number of National Board Certified teachers in the country.Posted — Updated
Certification by the National Board is the highest credential in the teaching profession, and participation is voluntary. As a part of the certification 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 25 fields.
North Carolina accounts for nearly one fifth (18 percent) of all teachers nationally who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Florida ranks second with 13,552, followed by Washington (11,368), South Carolina (9,226) and California (7,329).
North Carolina school districts continue to rank among the top 20 districts nationally for numbers of teachers with national certification:
- Wake County remained first with 2,921
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg is fourth with 2,241
- Guilford County is 10th with 738
- Buncombe County is 18th with 601
- Winston-Salem/Forsyth is 19th with 588
This marks the 13th consecutive year Wake County has had the highest number of National Board Certified teachers in the country.
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