RALEIGH — North Carolina ranked second nationwide this year in the number of public school teachers gaining new national certification, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards said Tuesday.
The board said 1,453 teachers in the state were certified in 2008. North Carolina ranked behind Florida in numbers of certified teachers. Florida had 1,826 teachers certified.
North Carolina leads the nation in the number of teachers who have been certified with 14,211, the board said. Certified teachers are 15 percent of the state's teachers.
School systems in Wake County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, Guilford County, Forsyth County and Buncombe County were the top five in the state in the number of certified teachers.
The board said Wake County ranked second in the nation in the number of certified teachers at 1,486, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg ranked fourth nationally with 1,211.
Earning the certification requires tests, video recordings of lessons and examples of student work. A total of 9,600 teachers gained certification across the United States this year, the board said.