National Board Celebrates Team NBCT Week and Announces More Than 3,500 Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Date: December 4, 2023

ARLINGTON, VA. – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 3,571 teachers became National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), and 6,697 teachers maintained their certification in the 2022-2023 school year. There are now 137,015 teachers who have achieved National Board Certification. These educators teach to the profession’s highest standards, significantly improve learning outcomes for their students, and positively impact their schools and communities. These teachers have shown their deep commitment to student learning and the teaching profession through the Board Certification process.

This week, the National Board is celebrating #TeamNBCT Week, a week-long celebration to recognize all the new and existing National Board Certified Teachers and their impact on their communities.

“We are so excited to welcome these new NBCTs to the growing ranks of accomplished teachers across the country,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “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 nurture and enhance the brilliance of their students. This week and all year round, the National Board is proud to support and celebrate teachers and is proud to work towards the goal of ensuring every student has equal access to the best teaching possible.”

Meaningful Metrics:

  • 183 schools had three or more new NBCTs.
  • 33 districts add 5 or more new NBCTS.
  • 228 districts added at least one NBCT of color, and 10 districts added 11 or more NBCTs of color
  • Los Angeles Unified School District leads by adding the most new NBCTs self-identifying as teachers of color (135 new NBCTs).
  • 20% of new NBCTs are in STEM certificate areas
  • Additional data is available here and on each individual state page.

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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.