Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CMS ranks second nationally with newly certified teachers

The National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) has
announced that 221 CMS teachers have earned National Board
Certification this year. The district, ranked second nationally with
newly certified teachers, now has 1,439 National Board Certified
Teachers (NBCT) on staff. Click herefor the list of CMS teachers
earning their 2009 National Board certification.

According to NBPTS, North Carolina is ranked first with the highest
number of teachers achieving 2009 National Board Certification (1,509)
and is ranked first in the total number of teachers who have achieved
certification over time (15,695). CMS is ranked first among North
Carolina school districts for most certified teachers in 2009. Wake
was second with 197, followed by Guilford with 69, Buncombe with 42,
and Forsyth with 30.

Teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous
standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment
and peer review. Completion of the two-part voluntary process for
certification can take up to three years. National Board Certification
requires a series of performance-based assessments, such as teaching-
portfolio reviews and thorough analyses of classroom teaching and
learning concepts. Teachers must also complete a series of written
exercises that assess subject knowledge and teaching ability. NBPTS
offers 25 certificates in a variety of subject areas and student
developmental levels.

North Carolina rewards board-certified teachers with a 12 percent
salary increase for the 10-year period of certification. For more
information on National Board Certification, go to