North Carolina and the Wake County school system continue to lead the U.S. in what’s considered to be the “gold standard” for teacher excellence with the most number of educators certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The state now has 21,985 of the 122,034 nationally certified teachers in the U.S., according to new results released Monday. Statewide, 22.1 percent of teachers have gone through the rigorous process to receive their certification.
Wake County had the most certified teachers of any district in the nation with 2,745. Wake has led the nation for 13 consecutive years.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg ranked fourth in the nation with 2,137 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.
It costs $1,900 in fees to get certified, and North Carolina provides low-interest loans to teachers to help them go through the process.
Go to https://www.nbpts.org/nbct-search/ to view a directory of nationally certified teachers.
Go to http://www.ncpublicschools.org/nationalboardcertification/ for more information on how North Carolina teachers can get certified.