Richland Two School District leads state in number of National Board Certified Teachers

Richland Two School District now leads in the state in having the most National Board Certified Teachers and is ranked 12th nationally for teachers who have earned the distinction. An additional 27 teachers gained national board certification, bringing the district’s total of NBCTs to 678.

Richland Two has led the state in the number of national certified teachers for several years including 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

In addition to the newly certified teachers, 27 others successfully renewed their national board certification for 10 more years. Richland One School District, by contrast, added seven newly certified teachers to their roster, while 17 others renewed their certification. Richland One now has a total of 344 NBCTs.

National Board Certification is the highest distinction in the teaching field.

Teachers will receive sizable monetary compensation for the title in addition to development experience. Richland Two teachers will receive $5,000 annually from the district during the certificates’ 10-year period. Teachers who applied before July 1, 2010 will receive an additional $7,500 annually from the state during that same period. Those who applied after the date will receive $5,000 annually from the state.

Statewide there were 230 new NBCTs. South Carolina ranks third nationally, behind North Carolina and Florida in the number of nationally certified teachers.