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.