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Easley Announces North Carolina No. 1 For Teacher Certification

Posted December 1, 2003 12:47 p.m. EST

— Gov. Mike Easley has announced that North Carolina continues to lead the nation in the number of teachers who have earned certification by the

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

This year's addition of 1,509 newly-certified teachers, the largest class in the country, brings the state total to 6,646 national board certified teachers.

"Earning National Board Certification is no easy task," Easley said. "It requires teachers to demonstrate outstanding teaching methods and considerable content knowledge in their chosen subjects.

"These rankings show our teachers are deeply committed to the children and to education in this state. I am proud of what they have achieved and what that means for our public schools."

National board certification requires an extensive series of performance-based assessments, including teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidates' classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.

North Carolna supports teachers' efforts to achieve national board certification in the following ways:

  • Payment up front of the $2,300 assessment fee (Teachers are obligated to teach in the state the following year whether or not they achieve certification).
  • Three paid release days from normal teacher responsibilities in order to develop their portfolios
  • A 12-percent salary supplement to the teachers' regular salary, good for the 10-year life of the certification.
  • Fifteen continuing education units (CEUs) awarded 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 who possess national board certification.