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North Carolina leads US in certified teachers; Wake and CMS are among top districts

Douglas Elementary School music teacher Susan Zelasky, upper left, asks questions of her 3rd grade music students during a session on the history of the recorder wind instrument on March 23, 2015 at the Raleigh school. Zelasky is among 109 teachers in the Wake County school system who renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2016.
Douglas Elementary School music teacher Susan Zelasky, upper left, asks questions of her 3rd grade music students during a session on the history of the recorder wind instrument on March 23, 2015 at the Raleigh school. Zelasky is among 109 teachers in the Wake County school system who renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2016. News & Observer file photo

North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with both Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools among the top five districts, according to new results released Monday.

The state now has 20,873 National Board-certified teachers, accounting for 19 percent of the country’s total. Statewide, 21 percent of public school teachers have this certification, which is considered the “gold standard” in the teaching profession.

Wake County is the top district in the nation, with 2,522 National Board-certified teachers. Wake has led the nation for 11 consecutive years.

CMS is fourth, after Chicago and Los Angeles, with 1,959 board-certified teachers.

North Carolina has historically led the nation in the number of certified teachers, in part because it comes with a 12 percent annual pay raise from the state. Eight of the top 30 districts are in North Carolina.

But Wake County school officials note that it takes significant time and effort to receive the certification and to renew it every 10 years.

The number of teachers achieving certification could increase. Instead of having to complete it in one year, teachers in the future will have three years in a process that’s supposed to be more flexible and affordable.

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