Jeanne Harmon of the Center for Strengthening the Teaching profession is reporting:
WA’s New National Board Research Brochure Available
The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Education Association have produced a new research brochure about National Board Certification in Washington State.
The compact brochure highlights the most recent research and the state’s certification statistics. In addition, CSTP’s website provides links to the research citations and other useful resources.
You may download the research brochure here. Folding directions are available here. If you’d like to receive hard copies, please reply to this email.
Among the findings of Paying Dividends in Washington
3975 NBCTs before score 2010 score release
1272 New 2010 NBCTs
5247 Total NBCTs in Washington State
2rd nationally in new 2010 NBCTs (Behind North Carolina)
4th nationally in total number of NBCTs
Seattle Public Schools, Spokane School District and Bellevue School District will be
in the top 15 nationally in new 2009 NBCTs.
Seattle: 73 new NBCTs
Spokane: 47 new NBCTs
Bellevue: 49 new NBCTs
897 of the 3975 (22.5%) NBCTs were in “challenging schools” before 2010 score
375 of the 1272 (29.5%) new 2010 NBCTs are in “challenging schools”
1272 of the 5247 (24.2%) of all NBCTs are in “challenging schools”
2010‐2011 NB candidates: 31% of all candidates are going through the National Board process in a
Math, Science, English Language Learners, Special Education
MATH: 371 NBCTs (23.45% in ‘challenging schools’)
SCIENCE: 403 NBCTs (14.39% in ‘challenging schools’)
ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE: 75 NBCTs (54.6% in ‘challenging schools’)
EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS SPECIALIST: 241 NBCTs (21.16% in ‘challenging schools’)
1090: Total number of NBCTs teaching math, science, English language learners or special education
AROUND THE STATE
38 out of 39 counties in WA State have at least one NBCT.
7 districts have their very first NBCT. Over ¾ of school districts in Washington State have at least one
National Board Certified Teacher. In the past three years 66 districts have certified their very first
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has information about National Board Certification including What Is National Board Certification?
What Is National Board Certification?
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs.
National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers.
As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.
Why Standards for Accomplished Teaching?
Every child deserves an accomplished teacher — one who is qualified to equip students with the skills to succeed in the 21st century global community. NBPTS Standards and National Board Certification give teachers and schools the tools to define and measure teaching excellence. NBPTS Standards are based on the Five Core Propositions that form the foundation for what all accomplished teachers should know and be able to do and provide a reference that helps educators link teaching standards to teaching practice.
Five Core Propositions
Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
Teachers are members of learning communities.
What Are the Standards and Certificate Areas?
NBPTS developed standards for accomplished teaching in 16 different subject areas with students at various developmental levels. These standards were developed and validated by representative committees comprised of master teachers, disciplinary organizations and other education experts. Many school systems use the standards as the basis for ongoing teacher and school counselor professional development, and many colleges and universities incorporate them into their undergraduate and graduate teacher-education programs.
Based on these standards, NBPTS offers 25 certificates that are applicable to most teachers in American schools. For more information, see the chart at nbpts.org/certificates.
Bess Keller has a good article in Education Week about the certification, The National Board: Challenged By Success?
Moi wonders if the National Board Certification pool is like the pool of students who do well in AP or IB courses, a group of highly motivated people determined to succeed. If so, could they be better teachers because of motivation regardless of whether there is certification or not? Many teachers get additional compensation for certification as well.
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