‘We could not be more proud’:

NC Leads US in Number of Nationally Certified Teachers

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BY T. KEUNG HUI, The News & Observer

A 12% annual boost in state pay is helping to keep North Carolina the leader in what’s called the “gold standard for teacher excellence.” The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently released data showing that North Carolina leads the country with 24,243 teachers who’ve completed the group’s rigorous certification process. Of the 3,527 teachers who received national certification for the first time in the 2022-23 school year, North Carolina had the second most of any state at 549.

In addition, 1,158 North Carolina teachers renewed their certifications over the past year, the second most of any state. “We are so excited to welcome these new NBCTs to the growing ranks of accomplished teachers across the country,” Peggy Brookins, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, said in a news release. “I am proud to be an NBCT and to be among this incredible cohort of teachers who work tirelessly, day in and day out, to nurture and enhance the brilliance of their students.”

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