Educator Development and Equity

National Board Certification

Published: 3/6/2018 3:00 PM
What is National Board Certification?

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was established in 1987 as the teaching profession’s vehicle for defining and recognizing accomplished teaching. National Board Certification, which is built upon National Board Standards and the National Board’s Five Core Propositions, is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. To date, more than 112,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved National Board Certification.

 

Why become National Board certified?
“Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students” (NBPTS webpage). Research shows that the students of Board-certified teachers learn more than students in other classrooms, which is why many states and districts, including Kentucky, offer incentives for teachers to pursue Board certification. National Board certification in Kentucky In July, 2000, the Kentucky General Assembly established in KRS 161.131 a goal that by the year 2020, every public school in Kentucky would have at least one National Board certified teacher. The goal was based upon the General Assembly’s findings that:
  • Student achievement is directly related to a teacher’s ability to nurture learning
  • All students are entitled to have teachers who know the subjects they teach and who demonstrate skill to manage and monitor student learning
  • Teachers need support and opportunity to develop higher-level skills throughout their careers
  • National Board certification is based upon high and rigorous standards and provides a process of development and assessment of teachers’ knowledge, skill and ability
  • And that teachers who successfully meet National Board certification requirements strengthen the teaching profession by mentoring new teachers, serving as role models and master teachers for teacher candidates, and assisting other teachers who seek National Board certification.
To date, 3,292 teachers in Kentucky have achieved National Board Certification.
 
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Many of the 316 Kentucky teachers who earned National Board certification last year pose for a photo at a recognition ceremony at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. They are part of the second-largest class of National Board-certified teachers ever in Kentucky. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 20, 2018

 

 

 

The Network to Transform Teaching (NT3)
The Kentucky Department of Education, the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) and the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) are partnering with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to dramatically increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) across the state and place them in instructional leadership roles in high-need schools through the Network to Transform Teaching. For more information on this partnership and how to become a candidate for National Board certification, contact Suzanne Farmer, Kentucky’s NT3 Site Director, at Suzanne.Farmer@ky.gov.

Robin Hebert
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Next Generation Professionals
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, Ky 40601
(502) 564-1479
Fax (502) 564-6470
robin.hebert@education.ky.gov
 

Resources

Kentucky NBCT Network

Kentucky’s National Board Innovator Incentive 

The Kentucky Network to Transform Teaching is offering a one-time $150 incentive to National Board candidates in schools without National Board Certified Teachers. Click for details. 

Certificates, Standards and Instructions for First-time and Returning Candidates 

NBPTS General Portfolio Instructions 

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do – an interactive presentation and explanation of the 5 Core Propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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