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Appalachian ranks No. 8 on alma mater list for new National Board certified teachers

BOONE—Appalachian State University remains in the top 10 list of U.S. colleges and universities whose graduates received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2012.

The National Board released its “Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of New NBCTs” rankings this month. Appalachian is listed eighth with 49 alumni becoming National Board certified teachers this past year.

Appalachian leads the eight UNC universities making the Top 50. Also on the list are East Carolina University at 10th with 44 alumni and UNC at 11th with 43, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington tied at 22nd with 29, N.C. State University was 26th with 27, Western Carolina University was tied for 36th with 22, and UNC Charlotte was tied for 45th with 20.

A total of 4,980 teachers achieved National Board Certification in 2012, bringing the total number of the nation’s top teachers to 102,237, according to a news release from the National Board. North Carolina accounts for almost 20 percent of the nation’s National Board Certified Teachers and again ranks as the top state for new certifications in 2012, with 636.

The total number of NBCTs listed as Appalachian alumni in the National Board’s self-reported database is 1,917. Certification began in 1993.

In a news release from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, State Superintendent June Atkinson said she was pleased to see so many North Carolina universities in the Top 50 list. “North Carolina education graduates know what it takes to ensure their students succeed in the classroom and in life and are committed to ensuring they have the skills to help students accomplish their goals,” she said.

Last year, Appalachian ranked No. 1 on the National Board’s alma mater list. Of the more than 6,200 teachers across the nation who achieved National Board certification in 2011, a total of 1,244 were in North Carolina and 130 graduated from Appalachian.

NBCTs are nationally recognized as being among the best teachers in the profession. Recent statistics from the NBTS include:

  • Nearly one-third of the National Teachers of the Year over the last decade have been National Board Certified Teachers.
  • In the past seven years, more than one-third of the awardees for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching have been National Board Certified Teachers.
  • Forty percent of the 2012 honorees in the National Teachers Hall of Fame are National Board Certified Teachers.

The mission of the National Board for Teaching Standards is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board Certified Teachers and leaders in that process. Its founding chairman is former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt.