The Wake County Public School System continues to lead the nation with the highest number of nationally board-certified teachers. Information released by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards shows an additional 111 Wake County educators earned their national certifications in 2012, and 107 more renewed their certifications.
WCPSS had the third largest class of teachers in the U.S. who earned their certifications in 2012.
“We are proud to have so many of our teachers work hard to earn this national recognition and we see the positive impact it has in our classrooms,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephen Gainey said.
National Board certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers and improve student achievement. While state-licensing systems set basic requirements to teach, National Board certified teachers successfully demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.
Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. Teachers must complete the renewal process every 10 years.
The national program began 25 years ago under the leadership of former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. In the decades since, more than 100,000 teachers have earned the distinction nationwide.