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App Teachers Lead the Way PDF Print
Written by ASU News Bureau   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 07:40

Appalachian State University leads the nation in the number of alumni who became National Board Certified teachers in 2011, according to information released this month by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Of this year’s 6,266 teachers across the nation who achieved certification through NBPTS, a total of 1,244 are in North Carolina and 130 graduated from Appalachian. There are now 97,291 board certified teachers nationwide, representing about 3 percent of the national teaching force. North Carolina is the nation’s top producer of board certified teachers, with a total of 19,193. Certification through NBPTS is the highest credential available to American educators. Its performance-based assessment of a teacher’s pedagogical skills and content knowledge takes up to three years to complete.
This is the first time the NBPTS has released a list of the nation’s top 50 alma maters for national board certified teachers. Other North Carolina schools on the list for 2011 are East Carolina University at No. 2, UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Greensboro tied at No. 7, N.C. State at No. 14, UNC Charlotte at No. 18, UNC Wilmington at No. 20, Western Carolina at No. 22 and Meredith College at No. 27.
North Carolina’s 1,244 new national board certified teachers represent a 6.9 percent increase from last year.

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