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School District Five recognized as National Board Accomplished District

For Immediate Release – October 4, 2019



School District Five recognized as National Board Accomplished District

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five has been recognized as a National Board Accomplished District by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a national nonprofit organization that certifies teachers based on a rigorous set of evaluations and standards.  


The program recognizes school districts across the country that have 20% or more of its teachers that have achieved National Board certification.  There are 306 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in School District Five.


“National Board Certified teachers in the district play an essential role in improving teaching and learning,” said Tamara Turner, School District Five Director of Personnel.  “Many of the district's NBCTs pursue professional learning opportunities and seek to improve their practice well beyond the National Board-certification journey. We support these educators by providing platforms for them to be active voices in education policy, inspire and coach colleagues, and pursue leadership roles.”


To achieve a National Board certification, teachers must prepare a series of essays, presentations and videos. These items should demonstrate their content knowledge, differentiation in instruction, command of teaching practices and learning environment and their abilities as an effective and reflective practitioner of teaching.


School District Five is one of nine districts nationally who have 30% of its teachers with this certification.  While the state of South Carolina no longer provides incentives for NBCTs, School District Five’s Board of Trustees has continued to provide monetary incentives for teachers to get this certification.


Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher and the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards added, “High quality teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student learning. The districts that measured up to be included in the National Board Accomplished District program understand the value of accomplished teaching and support teachers to be their best. We encourage state and district leaders to support National Board certification because NBCTs have a measurable impact on student learning – and what parent anywhere doesn’t want the best possible teacher for their children?”


The district is one of three Accomplished Districts in South Carolina.  Nationwide there are 81 that come from ten states including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington.


Districts will be recognized with an award for the district office and unique celebrations for the NBCTs in those districts.



“In School District Five, we are proud to be among the top districts nationwide being recognized as National Board Accomplished Districts,” Turner added.  “We know that teachers drive student learning. One of the ways we work to assure students have access to the best teachers is to encourage teachers to become National Board certified. These teachers clearly teach to high standards and reflect on their practice to get better every day.”


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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.