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NHCS 21st in nation for certified new teachers

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New Hanover County Schools ranked 21st in most new teachers receiving national certification for the 2021/2022 school year. (Port City Daily photo / File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County Schools has ranked in the top 25 districts in the U.S. with the most nationally certified new teachers in 2021/2022.

Ranked at 21, New Hanover County tied with North Carolina’s Union County with 14 new certifications from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Five other North Carolina districts also ranked in the top 25. Wake County Schools came in second, with 85 new certifications, followed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in fourth, along with Guilford and Pitt county schools tied for 17th.

Teachers in North Carolina who achieve certification receive a 12% salary supplement to their regular pay and are awarded eight continuing education credits (CEUs).

NHCS’s success mirrors the overall trends of the state; 486 teachers earned the endorsement in 2021/2022, bringing the state’s total to 23,858 teachers. North Carolina accounts for 18% of certified teachers.

North Carolina also ranks first in the percentage of all teachers who have earned board certification, with nearly one quarter of all teachers in the state holding the certification.

Certification by the national board is the highest credential in the teaching profession.

The certification process is based on high and rigorous standards that evaluate teaching practice through performance-based assessments. Candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes, and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.

The national certification is a way to recognize the accomplished instruction that is practiced in classrooms in North Carolina and other states while also helping teachers strengthen their knowledge and skills.

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