Educator Development and Equity

National Board Certification

Published: 2/14/2020 7:59 AM
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.  

National Board Certified Teachers in Kentucky

At a ceremony on February 11th, 2020, Kentucky recognized 219 teachers newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Kentucky ranked fifth in the nation of the most newly certified National Board teachers in 2019.  With 4,007 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks 6th in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (9.53%) and 8th in the nation for the total number of Board-certified teachers.

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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.

Jocelyne Waddle
Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness
Division of Educator Licensure and Quality
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479 Ext. 4540
Fax (502) 564-4007

General Resources

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

Kentucky NBCT Network

Resources for National Board Professional Learning Schools

Critical Fact Sheet

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