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 www.nbpts.org.