National Board Announces More Than 2,800 Teachers Earn National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 2,814 teachers became National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 8,064 teachers maintained their certification in the 2021-2022 school year. There are now a total of 133,444 teachers who have achieved National Board Certification to teach at the highest standards in the profession and impact culture and learning for vast numbers of students, schools, and communities. Showing their deep commitment to student learning and the teaching profession.

“After almost three years of navigating virtual learning, returning to classrooms, and the many other obstacles that have been thrown in the way of teachers, I am so inspired by the resilience and ingenuity of our teaching community. I am proud to be an NBCT, and to be among this incredible cohort of teachers who work tirelessly, day in and day out, to amplify the brilliance of their students. We thank you all for being leaders in your schools and communities, and recognize all the work you do to better our education system and the teaching profession.,”  said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 

Meaningful Metrics: 

  • 48% of new NBCTs teach in Title 1 schools.
  • 78 schools had three or more new NBCTs.
  • 43 districts add 10 or more new NBCTS.
  • North Carolina (486), Washington (256), California (244), Maryland (218), and Alabama (189),  topped the state ranking this year for new NBCTs. 
  • Los Angeles Unified School District leads by adding the most new NBCTs self- identifying as teachers of color.
  • Additional data is available here and on each individual state page.

“The National Board works to advance teacher quality to help assure that every single young person in America has equal access to the best possible teachers. We applaud all educators and especially celebrate NBCTs and those engaged in the Board certification process. Let’s celebrate teachers today and every day,” said Brookins.

About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (

The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.