More than 200 Maryland teachers received National Board Certification in 2012, the national standards board announced Tuesday, and will join roughly 3 percent of the country's teaching force who have earned the distinction.
This year's awardees bring the number of Maryland teachers to earn the certification--hailed as the most rigorous of industry standards--to 2,421, a more than 9 percent increase over last year.
Montgomery County leads the state in the total number of teachers to receive the certification (740), followed by Anne Arundel County (356) , Prince George's County (329), Carroll County (168), and Baltimore County (119).
According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 102,237 teachers hold the title nationally. The organization said the teachers earn the certification through "an intensive, multi-year process of standards-based performance assessment and peer review," comparable to the certification process for the medical and legal profession.
The national organization also touted a recent study out of Harvard University that found teachers with the distinct certification have higher achievement rates than their peers.
You can read more about Maryland's national board certified teachers here.
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